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Tim Tebow, Jeremy Lin make Time’s 100 Most Influential People list

View Photo Gallery: The backup quarterback for the New York Jets has become a polarizing figure in football, in part because of his outward displays of Christian faith.

The backup quarterback for the New York Jets has been named one of the 100 most influential people on the planet by Time magazine.

Of course, that backup is Tim Tebow, as famous for his religious beliefs as for his mixed-results in the NFL. He’s one of six athletes on the list, which also includes Jeremy Lin, an NBA phenom famous who’s also famous for his religious beliefs; Novak Djokovic; Lionel Messi; Oscar Pistorius; and Yani Tseng also made the list of the people who, Time says, “inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world.”

“Watching Tim Tebow play football, you can observe many things about his character,” Lin wrote of his now fellow New Yorker. “You see his fierce competitiveness, his strong work ethic and how he is a leader that his teammates trust and respect. But it is the qualities that Tim, 24, embodies in his life off the field that truly set him apart. He is unashamed of his convictions and faith, and he lives a life that consistently reflects his values, day in and day out.

“Through his foundation, he constantly reaches out to people and communities in need of hope. He realizes what he has been blessed with and seeks to help those who are worse off. As athletes, we pour our hearts into winning games. Tim is a reminder that life is about much more than that.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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