Va. Politician Tebows After 'Tebow Bill' Passes

Robert Bell introduced bill giving homeschoolers more access to sports
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2012 10:38 AM CST
Politician Tebows After Va. Passes 'Tebow Bill'
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow takes a knee at the end of the LSU football game in Baton Rouge, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007. Tebow lost to LSU, 28-24.   (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

(Newser) – The bill that passed in the Virginia state House last night was nicknamed the "Tebow bill," so it's only fitting that the delegate who introduced it would engage in some Tebowing after it passed. The bill would allow homeschooled students in Virginia to play sports at their local high school. Though it was first proposed in 2005—probably while Tebow was still in high school, says Del. Robert Bell—it eventually got its nickname from the Denver Broncos quarterback since he was allowed to play on his local team in Florida even though he had been taught at home by his mother.

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"The name became a shorthand, and now all the homeschool kids call it that," Bell tells Politico. "After we passed it, I did the Tebow on the floor," meaning he took a knee in prayer stance as Tebow famously does after a touchdown. If the bill clears the state Senate, Gov. Bob McDonnell has said he will sign it. Another 32 states have similar laws in place. (Read more Tim Tebow stories.)

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