Tebow: ‘Hopefully I’m still the same guy’

After living through the last year of Tebowmania, Tim Tebow says he’s the same guy he’s always been.

Keep in mind the 24-year-old Broncos QB made that claim during an interview Thursday on the “Super Bowl Live” set at Super Bowl XLVI, which was surrounded by fans four rows deep, who happened to be chanting his name.

Uh, yeah. Sure, Tim. We’re skeptical.

“It’s had a few ups and downs and some pretty cool moments,” Tebow said. “But, for the most part, I don’t believe I’ve changed. Hopefully I’m still the same guy. Just be very genuine, treat everybody still the same. I’ve been blessed to do some cool things in my life. I’m very thankful for that. Hopefully that ride can continue.”

In the last year of his life, Tebow has reached the iconic status Panthers rookie QB Cam Newton probably had in mind. Tebow has transcended sport, making him a world-wide figure recognized by everyone. Consider, for a moment, theĀ  act of “Tebowing” inspired by his end zone celebration has reached the Seven Wonders of the World.

Or, if that’s not proof enough, he’s been courted by Katy Perry’s parents and given a cold shoulder to Kim Kardashian.

Tebow finally relented that fame has had an impact, admitting that walking down the street, “sometimes it can be a little more difficult.”

How often does he really walk down the street?

“Not often,” Tebow said.

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