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Tim Tebow turns filmmaker with inspirational sports drama 'Run the Race,' directed by ZG's Chris Dowling

August 14, 2018

 

Tim Tebow is adding another hyphen to his impressive list of life accolades: filmmaker.

 

The Heisman Trophy winner/NFL quarterback/pro baseball player and best-selling author has completed filming on his first movie, serving as executive producer with his older brother Robby Tebow on "Run the Race."

 

The inspirational film wrapped in April and is finalizing post-production as the filmmakers work out the theatrical release.  

 

"It's exciting," Tebow tells USA TODAY of his foray into film. "I’ve received a lot of scripts over the years. But I haven’t always wanted to be in filmmaking. I want to do the right films, films that will encourage or inspire or move people." 

 

The inspirational film focuses on a theme familiar to the 31-year-old devout Christian, who battled the odds in his bid to make it in professional baseball with the New York Mets in 2016, before suffering a season-ending broken bone in his right hand last month. 

 

"Run the Race" follows two fictional high school brothers whose father abandons them after their mother dies. All-State high school football player Zach (Tanner Stine) earns a college scholarship, but receives a devastating injury. Brother David (Evan Hofer) laces up his track cleats to salvage their future and show what's possible when you run to – instead of from – the love of God.

 

"There are a lot of similarities in my life between two brothers supporting one another, having each other's back, believing in one another," says Tebow, the youngest of five children. "My family and my brother have always given me so much support. That’s made such a big impact on me being able to go after my dreams."

 

The film stars "Forrest Gump" actor Mykelti Williamson as the boys’ coach and Frances Fisher as their surrogate mother. Former NFL running back Eddie George plays a college recruiter. 

 

Screenwriter and producer Jake McEntire pitched the idea of getting the Tebow brothers involved and "we jumped on the opportunity, wholeheartedly," says Robby, 36. 

 

He served as his brother's liaison on the set in Birmingham, Alabama, working with director Chris Dowling and communicating frequently with Tim, who was traveling constantly for baseball. 

 

Tim used his muscle to get permission to film pivotal scenes at his alma mater, the University of Florida. The brothers shot cameo roles, but Tebow acknowledges those appearances might not make the final cut. 

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