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Republican Presidential Candidates Want a Piece of Tim Tebow Too

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Is Tim Tebow the most powerful man under 30 in America today? Not only is God apparently on his side, it appears that Republican presidential candidates are also clamoring to get the seal of approval from the Denver Broncos quarterback/miracle-maker.
According to an Associated Press report, the outspoken Christian conservative has been approached by more than one candidate for an endorsement, but the 24 year-old, who declined to reveal which candidate courted him, is hesitant to commit to a single one.
"I think you have to have so much trust in who you support, just from product endorsements to endorsing a candidate because if that person or company does something (bad), it reflects on you," he told AP.
If we were to hazard a guess, we would say that Texas Governor Rick Perry was probably one of the GOP challengers who contacted Tebow, given that Perry once called himself the “Tim Tebow of the Iowa Caucuses.” Fallen candidate Michele Bachmann also compared herself to the NFL rookie in a political TV ad that ran in Iowa.
With his football mythology now not only including numerous come-from-behind regular season victories but also the by-now infamous 80-yard game winning touchdown pass against the Pitsburgh Steelers, Tebow has become the NFL’s most watercooler chat-worthy player and his commercial allure has grown exponentially.
Advertising Age estimates that Tebow, should he keep up his impressive play, could command $10 million a year in endorsements, putting him a mere $5 million away from football’s No. 1 product pusher, Peyton Manning, who has deals with big companies such as Direct TV (DTV), Mastercard (MA) and Sony (SNE).

Currently, Tebow hawks products from Nike (NKE), EA Sports (EA), FRS Co. and Jockey International, which has underwear lines sold in Dow Jones (^DJI) component Walmart (WMT) and Target (TGT).
There’s also a clear reason why GOP White House hopefuls want Tebow on their side: The religious convervative, who once appeared in an ad for evangelical organization Focus on the Family, has an impressive approval rating of 77% among Republicans (The poll was conducted in December. Given his exploits last Sunday, it’s probably even higher now.)

We’re guessing someone like Jon Huntsman could do with a little push from the Big Tebowski – in conservative South Carolina, where Tebow is surely a big draw, Huntsman is currently polling lower than Stephen Colbert.
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