Before I even finish this article, I'm going to go ahead and call it “The Greatest Article Ever Written.” In the world of College Football this is the norm these days. Nothing has to play out on the field to get labeled the greatest or best of all-times these days. I am the biggest Gator fan out there, so this may be shocking.
Tim Tebow is not the greatest college football quarterback or player of all-time. In my book he is not yet the greatest Gators' QB of all-time. There I said it.
At this point in his career, how could I pick Tim over Danny Wuerffel? Danny lead the Gators to two National Championship games and has a Heisman Trophy of his own. While Danny may not have worn his emotions on his sleeve and been the vocal leader Tebow is, he was clearly the leader of those Gators teams from the mid-90's.
What gives Danny, and any other player that is considered an all-time best, and advantage is that judgment about their prowess was saved till after their college career was over.
Sure, none of them won a Heisman their sophomore season, played a pivotal role in winning a National Championship their freshman year, or backed that up with another National Championship as a Junior, but the Tim Tebow story is still unfinished.
So why do we hold Tebow to a higher standard than others? I think the main reason is because the media recognizes Tebow as a polarizing figure and draws readers with every Tim Tebow headline.
Tebow has been the face of College Football for nearly three years now. I remember at the beginning of Tebow's sophomore season, his face was all over DirecTV's college football GamePlan. Since then, the Tebow coverage hasn't stopped. The other day I counted six major sports websites that had Tebow all over their home page.
Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated ranked Vince Young as the all-time greatest quarterback in the last 25 years. Did you hear any talk about Vince Young going into his junior season being an all-time great.
At the start of the season most considered Matt Leinart as the best college QB going into the season, and he wasn't the best player on his team. Reggie Bush was clearly the best player on the offensive side of the ball when USC was on the field.
While the “greatest” debate is great one to have with your buddies, you can't start this debate until you have all the facts. Tebow's legacy is still a working progress, and judging prematurely is just wrong and unfair.
What makes Tebow unique is after just two years as a starter he even gets into this discussion. SEC fans love to throw the names of Bo Jackson, Herschel Walker and Payton Manning, but would you throw those names in there without their last season?
How would Tommy Frasier, Roger Staubach, Earl Campbell, Red Grange, O. J. Simpson and a long list of others rank without their pivotal final season?
As I write this article it is hard not to predict that Tebow will go down as the greatest when Tebow leads the Gators to their third National Championship in four years greatest.
BUT what if the injury bug hits the Gators, what if they can't fill the few spots they lost from last years team and, gasp the Gators don't live up to the hype. How quickly would this debate end?
So let’s not crown Tim Tebow anything yet. I looking forward to watching him finish off his legacy on the field and not in the papers. If the confetti is pouring down on Tebow in the Rose Bowl in January let the debate begin.
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