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FOR DEC. 2, 2013

The Book of Tebow

A year ago Tim Tebow was the most influential athlete in America. He was also (and still is) the most polarizing. The ubiquity of his celebrity over the last three years has overshadowed his playing career, threatening to destroy it. Is there a higher force behind the Tebow phenomenon? In the latest SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Longform, senior writer Thomas Lake explores the magic behind Tebowmania and ponders whether we will ever see anything like it in the NFL again. Go to

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