Hall of Famer Jack Youngblood Claims Urban Meyer 'Used' Tim Tebow at Florida

Austin GreenCorrespondent IJanuary 24, 2014

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15  hugs head coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators after scoring a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Jack Youngblood is not happy with Urban Meyer

Youngblood, a legendary defensive end at Florida who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001, had some harsh words for the former Gators coach on Wednesday.

Appearing on 740 The Game's Open Mike radio show, Youngblood said he was upset with how Meyer left the program and that Meyer "used" Tim Tebow to maintain a perception of high character. 

Referring to Meyer's exit from Florida, when the coach said he was stepping down to spend more time with his family (h/t ESPN), Youngblood said:

When somebody tells me something to my face confidentially, I expect it to be the truth. When it turns out not to be the truth, that doesn't set you very high on my Christmas card list, let's put it that way.

Meyer left the Florida program following the 2010-11 season. He took a job with ESPN in January of 2011, then became head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes in November of the same year. 

Youngblood went on to say that Meyer lied to him about making character his main priority in recruiting.

When asked if Meyer was "riding the moral coattails" of Tim Tebow, Youngblood said: 

Oh yeah, he used that, that's for sure. No question. And he knew that he had to try to portray that aspect because he had Tim and he knew how good Tim was.

During Meyer's six-year tenure at Florida, at least 30 players were arrested, according to Sporting News. Former Gators tight end Aaron Hernandez—a prized recruit who played for Meyer from 2007 to 2009—is currently in jail awaiting trial on a charge of first-degree murder. 

Of course, the vitriol directed toward Meyer is nothing new. Last year, the Orlando Sentinel named Meyer the most hated coach in the history of college sports. 

After winning his first 24 games with Ohio State, Meyer and the Buckeye's finished 12-2 this season. They lost to Clemson 40-35 in the Orange Bowl.