Tim Tebow appeared on Harry Connick Jr’s show “Harry” this week to discuss his new book, baseball career, and more. One part of the conversation that stood out was when Connick Jr. asked Tebow to explain the incredible thing that happened immediately after he led the Broncos to an upset playoff victory over the Steelers back in 2012.
For the game, Tebow decided to paint the Bible verse John 3:16 under his eyes, exactly the same way he did three years prior for the National Championship game. On that day, January 8th, 2009, an insane amount of people – 94 million to be precise – Googled the verse and Tebow’s Gators won the game.
Fast forward to the upset win over the Steelers in 2012, which ended on this Tebow touchdown pass:
An ecstatic Tebow was celebrating with teammates in the locker room and preparing to speak with the press, when the Broncos PR guy approached him almost too giddy to speak.
“Timmy, do you realize what happened?”
“Yeah, we just beat the Steelers and we’re going to play the Patriots!”
“No, I don’t think you realize what just happened. It’s exactly three years later from when you wore John 3:16 under your eyes. During the game you threw for 316 yards, your yards per rush were 3.16, your yards per catch were 31.6, the ratings for the game was 31.6 and the time of possession was 31.6.”
During the game 90 million people googled John 3:16 and once again it was the #1 trending item on Facebook and Twitter.
Tebow summed up the incredible imagery with the numbers like this: “A lot of people said it was a coincidence. I say big God.”
Watch the clip below.