Special Guest Judge Robby Tebow Helps Pick Winner of Brother’s Rookie Ticket

February 16, 2011

We should have known the responses would come flooding in. After all, when the topic turns to Tim Tebow, seemingly everyone — and we mean everyone — has a take. But few people have a better take on one of America’s most scrutinized athletes than Robby Tebow, Tim’s older brother and the Executive Director of The Tim Tebow Foundation.

But when the number of entrants for our contest to reward one lucky collector with a 2010 Playoff Contenders Tim Tebow Rookie Ticket autograph swiftly swelled to more than 200, we knew we needed some assistance in selecting the winner.

So we did what we do every time Panini America needs to put a Tebow autograph in collectors’ hands: We called Robby, the man who has had a helping hand in every Tebow autograph we’ve ever produced.

We selected a handful of our favorite responses and sent them to Robby in hopes that he could break the tie. Exhibiting that trademark brand of overwhelming generosity that runs in the Tebow family, Robby did not disappoint.

“Thank you for passing these responses along to me,” Robby wrote. “Although it’s very hard to pick just one, if I had to, I would choose Joshua Asis. Have a great week and thanks again!”

No, Robby. Thank you.

Congratulations, Joshua. Your winning entry bears repeating:

“When I first heard of Tim Tebow, it was a short documentary on him as a high school athlete. It was a coincidence because the certain topic of discussion was about him and his family ties to the Philippines and their missionary efforts. Personally, I am half Filipino. My father was born in Manila, Philippines. And the connection with him just grabbed me. His faith and beliefs were the same as mine. And I love football and collecting trading cards. There is no doubt in my mind he will be a successful QB in the NFL, even though he plays against my Chargers in the West. His cards will flourish for years to come. Timmy is a winner, a Christ follower and a force that can’t be beat without a fight.”

Thanks to everyone who participated. Your thoughtful responses were tremendous. Oh, and Joshua, we’ll be in touch.