It's official. After a year-long legal battle, NFL star Tim Tebow has been awarded the trademark on his signature move, commonly known as "Tebowing."
"Tebowing," occurs when the New York Jets backup quarterback goes down on one knee and holds a clenched fist against his forehead to pray during games, USA Today reported.
After Tebow led the Denver Broncos to a handful of fourth-quarter comeback victories last season, "Tebowing" swept the country -- with actor Robert Downey Jr. even doing it at the Oscars.
Newsday first reported that the trademark was approved last week after paperwork was filed in April.
Tebow said Friday he wasn't aware the trademark was official, The NY Post noted.
“It did?” Tebow laughed. “I knew that this stuff that had been talked about, but I didn’t know everything had gone through.’’
Tebow, a devout Christian, is not ashamed of his faith. He didn't go for the tradmark for financial gain, though Tebow said any money he might make on the move in the future would go to his charity, the Tim Tebow Foundation.
"I know it was something that was cool for me in the past, but it's not something I do as Tebowing,' " Tebow said, via ESPNNewYork.com. "It's something I do that's prayer for me, and then it got hyped up as Tebowing. So I think (it's) just to control how it's used, as well. Make sure it's used in the right way."
Now that Tebow controls "Tebowing," the trademark ensures he has the official right to make money using the word in all sorts of products—from T-shirts, hats, DVDs, CDs, watches, pins and cufflinks to menswear, womenswear and children's clothing, E news said.