Not only does Tim Tebow know how to throw both a football and baseball on the field, but the athlete knows how to toss around toast (yes, toast) too!
The SEC Network analyst stopped by Harry Connick Jr.‘s talk show on Monday to discuss an “uncanny coincidence” that occurred during his days on the football field — and also partook in a game of #ToastToss!
“So I started this thing recently called Toast Toss where I like to take a piece of bread — it’s gotta be stale bread or day old bread, we don’t want to use fresh bread,” Connick, 49, explained to the former pro quarterback on the Harry talk show stage while introducing the game.
Although fresh bread may be mouth-watering to some, it isn’t too much of a temptation for the former Florida Gator, who revealed that he avoids carbs: “I don’t really eat carbs, though, so I won’t eat it.”
“You gotta toss it, so the fact that it’s Toast Toss and Tim Tebow, it’s a sign from God,” Connick Jr. said of the alliteration between the name of the game and Tebow’s initials. “It’s meant to be. Can we toss a little toast?”
The duo then proceeded to position themselves, with slices of (stale) bread in hand, at a distance from the toaster. After three failed attempts at making a slice of bread land in the metal box by each contestant, only one of the two men had the winning hand. And just who won? Tebow!
Tebow, 29, also shared a coincidental story that tied in his days as a Florida Gator and a Denver Bronco. “We were playing for the national championship in college on Jan. 8, 2009 and I decided to wear John 3:16 under my eyes and during the game, 94 million Googled John 3:16 and it was a pretty cool moment,” Tebow said of the popular Bible verse that he wrote on his eye black while in college.
“Exactly three years later, we happened to be playing the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the playoffs when I was with the Denver Broncos and I didn’t even know that it was exactly three years later — it was Jan. 8, 2012, exactly three years later to the day — I just went out there and tried to do whatever I could to win a playoff game and afterwards I’m going into the press conference because I love talking to the media,” he said with a joking eye roll, and added, “Our PR guy jumps in front of me and says, ‘Timmy, do you realize what happened?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, we just beat the Steelers. We’re going to play the Patriots.’ He was like, ‘No … it’s exactly three years later from the day that you wore John 3:16 under your eyes … during the game you threw for 316 yards. Your yards per rush were 3.16. Your yards per completion were 31.6. The ratings for the game were 31.6 and the time of possession was 31.6.'”
Although some may refer to the story as a “coincidence,” the Shaken author, who is open about his Christian faith, has a different perspective: “A lot of people will say it’s coincidence — I say big God.”
In November, the pro athlete opened up to PEOPLE about pursuing a career in pro baseball after playing in the NFL. “I don’t want to live a life that other people want me to live,” Tebow said. “People are like, ‘This is your box and you need to stay inside of it.’ Why? I don’t have to stay in a box. I get to do what’s in my heart. I get to live my life with abandon. I serve a big God. I get to pursue those things and I don’t have to apologize for that.”
Tebow’s Harry interview airs Tuesday, Dec. 6 (check local listings).