There’s a new craze on the Internet and it’s called Tebowing. In fact, it has become the internet’s hottest new trend. It was only a matter of time before the sports world had its planking equivalent.
Jared Kleinstein and a few of his fellow Denver natives left a New York City Broncos bar exhilarated after the Broncosâ€™ come-from-behind 18-15 overtime win against Miami last Sunday. Kleinstein had noticed during the telecast of the game that Tebow was kneeling on the sidelines in prayer while the rest of his teammates were celebrating. So as the group stepped outside Sidebar in Union Square, Kleinstein convinced his crew to take a picture that paid homage to the Broncos star quarterback, Tim Tebow.
When Kleinstein got home, he uploaded the picture to his Facebook page. The “likes” started coming in like crazy. And thus, the Tebowing phenomenon was born. “The traffic, on the first day we had 785 people. And I was very excited,” Kleinstein said.
That number exploded to 9,000 unique visitors on Wednesday to more than 175,000, and counting, today as the Tebowing fad gained national traction. “We’ve got almost half a million page views. It’s been crazy,” he said.
Tebowing, according to the new Tumblr blog Tebowing.com, which was created by Kleinstein, is “to get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different.” Its namesake is Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, who inadvertently invented Tebowing.
In the last week alone, people have been photographed Tebowing in the U.S. Capitol, Korea and an operating room; near a beer-pong table, the Chrysler Building and a toilet; and mimicking the “Abbey Road” cover. Toddlers have Tebowed. Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers accidentally Tebowed. The act of Tebowing has even been carved into a pumpkin.
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