Behind The Scenes

A real page-turner: Story behind Tebow as Marvel Comics sees him

At this point in the NFL season, there’s probably not a single aspect of the Tim Tebow story that hasn’t been explored.

With this in mind, the forward-thinking people at SportsCenter took the storyline to an entirely different venue: the world of super heroes and Marvel Comics. Using some good old-fashioned corporate synergy (Marvel is owned by Disney, the parent company of ESPN), SportsCenter asked the folks at Marvel Custom Solutions to sketch up a few renderings of the NFL’s most talked-about figure.

The artwork, instead of being culled for a comic book, is appearing on SportsCenter and NFL studio programming throughout the weekend. The 1-minute, 44-second piece features a spot-on voice-over from ESPN super friend and NFL Sunday Countdown host Chris Berman.

“As Tim Tebow’s story continued to emerge this season we thought it would be fun to get Marvel’s take on what a Tebow super hero and his fourth-quarter heroics would look like,” Senior Coordinating Producer Tim McHugh said. “Whenever we can, SportsCenter likes to put creative spins on the stories sports fans are talking about and this is another example of that.”

Marvel artists Bong Dazo, Scott Koblish and Todd Nauck created iterations of Tebow incorporating real life (the Tebow snarl) and superhero charcteristics (a fancy utility belt) of “Super Tim.”

“Like the Marvel heroes who pull off last minute victories, Tim Tebow has fans around the world on the edge of their seats and believing that — in our own lives — when time is running out and all looks lost, we can dig deep inside and use our various strengths to triumph over insurmountable odds,” says Bill Rosemann of Marvel Custom Solutions.

Tebow and the Broncos host AFC West rival Kansas City this Sunday at 4:15 p.m. ET. A Broncos win will earn them a spot in the NFL playoffs.

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