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Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow make Time’s most influential list

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Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow make Time’s most influential list

Both Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks and Tim Tebow of the New York Jets were named to Time Magazine’s list of “Top 100 Most Influential People In The World.”

Lin and Tebow have captivated America, and the world, by their style of play on the basketball court and football field, but have also shown a humility and humbleness that’s rare among athletes who’ve achieved the type of success and notoriety they have.

Lin wrote the magazine piece on Tebow.

“Watching Tim Tebow play football, you can observe many things about his character. You see his fierce competitiveness, his strong work ethic and how he is a leader that his teammates trust and respect,” Lin wrote.

“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. . . . As athletes, we pour our hearts into winning games. Tim is a reminder that life is about much more than that.”

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (a renowned Celebrity All-Star Game participant) wrote the piece on Lin.

“Jeremy Lin’s story is a great lesson for kids everywhere because it debunks and defangs so many of the prejudices and stereotypes that unfairly hold children back. He’s dispelled the idea that Asian-American guards somehow couldn’t hack it in the NBA — and that being a world-class athlete on the court is somehow at odds with being an excellent student off the court. ┬áJeremy cares only about one thing — winning. And I don’t care whether you are an Asian-American kid, white, black or Hispanic, Jeremy’s story tells you that if you show grit, discipline and integrity, you too can get an opportunity to overcome the odds.”

My question is, how does Mark Sanchez feel about all this?

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