Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow — not even a junior but already a legend in Gainesville — added to his long list of feats when his missionary trip to impoverished towns in the Philippines included some impromptu work as a surgical assistant. Specifically, he helped circumcise Filipino boys.
Tebow didn't plan on operating that day in the Philippines — his job was to preach to the hundreds of people before they had teeth pulled or cysts removed. But as the day rolled on, he grew curious about the three Filipino doctors and his friend, UF graduate and aspiring doctor Richard "R.B." Moleno, in the bus-sized vehicle that served as a mobile hospital.
Tebow started as a helper and gofer, holding tools and running errands for the medics. By afternoon, he was asking questions and looking for more active ways to help. And by the end of an exhausting day, he was wearing gloves and a mask, wielding surgical scissors, finishing off stitches with a snip.
"You could see he was really into it," Moleno said. "He thought it was cool. I'd make a stitch, he'd cut a stitch. He got his hands a little wet in surgery."
I guess some immature jerks would make of Tebow for wanting to get close to young Filipino boys' penises, but not me. I think this was extremely noble and selfless. I can't stand it when Filipino boys are uncircumcised. It's like, sheesh, if they're gonna charge me 50 bucks for this kid, I want my money's worth. Because there are some clean Thai boys down the street who are just as eager to escape poverty at any cost.