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Tim Tebow, and some more affirmation for “Lefties” NYTimes.com

In Nonsense on March 28, 2012 at 06:45

Tebow Gives Left-Handers Someone Else to Cheer 

Left-handers are amply represented in the successful ranks of nearly every walk of life. Five of the last seven presidents have been left-handed. Albert Einstein was left-handed. So were Benjamin Franklin, W. C. Fields, Julius Caesar and Michelangelo. Sports have overflowed with left-handed stars, from Babe Ruth to John McEnroe to Larry Bird to Pelé.

Now comes Tim Tebow, the Jets’ new backup (for now). He is seen by many groups as the athletic face of their cause, including evangelical Christians, home-schooling proponents and University of Florida fans. But he could also be a champion for lefties. After all, their success stories help counteract what also is common among left-handers: they have been found to be more likely to die young, have mental illnesses like schizophrenia and contract illnesses like Crohn’s disease. Some researchers have concluded that birth trauma could be the cause of some left-handedness.

 

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