Can Tebow be bigger than KISS?

Legendary rocker Gene Simmons recently said his band, KISS, is the biggest, most recognizable cultural icon going, even bigger than Disney’s Mickey Mouse.

But some day, Simmons might have to take a backseat to Broncos QB Tim Tebow.

Tebow’s jersey already is a best seller. He’s rubbing elbows with Hall of Fame QB John Elway. And now comes word that Memphis, Tenn., has engulfed Tebow-mania.

Tebow is in Memphis — the home of his agent, Jimmy Sexton — to continue working on his throwing motion and prepare for the upcoming season. Sexton told the Memphis Commercial Appeal that he believed the city would be a nice place for Tebowto find some solitude. Yeah, turns out that isn’t the case.

“It was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen,” Sexton said as word of mouth spread about the Tebow sightings. “I’ve never had a family knock on my door at 2 in the afternoon, asking me if Tim Tebow was staying in my house. I never had phone calls from so many parents with available 21-year-old daughters wanting to meet Tim. They all know he’s that good a guy and that good a player, and he has a hard time saying ‘No.’ “

Sexton believes this is only the beginning for Tebow, who already has signed a deal with Nike and will be on the cover of EA’s college football game. Of course, that’s a far cry from KISS, which has comic books, action figures and soft-drink deals. Still, Tebow’s focus is on the field.

“I’m trying to work hard and not get my mind cluttered with all that,” Tebow said. “When it gets to the point when something needs to be presented to me, I see it. Right now, it’s all ball for me.”

Hopefully he remembers that when somebody offers him the opportunity to record a country record.

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