College Football

Tim Tebow: The Florida Gator Nation Hold Its Collective Breath

LEXINGTON, KY - SEPTEMBER 26: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators lays on the ground after being sacked by Taylor Wyndham #94 of the Kentucky Wildcats during the third quarter of the game at Commonwealth Stadium on September 26, 2009 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
James WalkerAnalyst IISeptember 27, 2009

You would have thought that the Gator Nation was informed last night that Armageddon had arrived when Tim Tebow laid motionless on the ground after taking a vicious hit.  Hearts stopped beating as the medical staff rushed out onto the field to tend to the fallen warrior.

Seriously, the shot Tebow took was ridiculous, and to add insult to injury, as he fell back, his head bounced off the leg of a teammate giving him what could have been a serious case of whiplash.

The looks on the fans faces as he laid their motionless was priceless.  Don't get me wrong, I too was very concerned for his health, but they acted as if the stadium cranked up the REM song "It's then End of the World As We Know It".  The only problem was Tebow didn't feel fine.

They helped him walk off the field, and the fans and Kentucky faithful gave him a loud round of applause.  As he sat on the sideline, you could see his parents coming down from the stands to check on their son.  Seriously, have you ever seen a reaction to an injured player like what we saw last night?

Tebow is one hell of a football player and an even better human being.  I do not want to see any player seriously hurt, but the way everyone acted was a little bizarre.  It became quite apparent that Tim Tebow is not just the quarterback of the Florida Gators; he is now the face of college football.

Is it possible not to root for this kid?  Seriously, I do not want to admit that I have consumed the orange and blue kool-aid just because of Tebow; I did that when I went to school and graduated from UF.  But, with what he has accomplished off and on the field, how can you not want him to succeed?

One thing we could have done without is watching them cart Tebow off while he's barfing his brains out.  Reality television is one thing, but watching a kid who's already sick and now suffering from a possible concussion vomit is more than I really want to watch.

Tebow will be fine.  He got his bell rung.  This just in; Tebow is human.  The Gators have a bye week before meeting LSU in Baton Rouge.  In case he is not ready to go, the Gators happen to have the third best quarterback in the SEC—John Brantley.  He will do just fine in Tebow's absence, thank you.

OK, Gator Nation, you can breathe now.  Timmy is fine.  He has a headache and a bad chest cold.  By the time the LSU game arrives, he'll be back to his same old self.

Let's just hope that Steve Addazio figures out a way to prevent another snot knocker on Tebow.  The Gator Nation may go into cardiac arrest if that happens again.  If it were Brantley in the game, he may have been decapitated.

What have we learned?  We learned that Tim Tebow IS human.  No person could take a shot like that, have his head bounced, and get right up and keep playing.  He is very lucky he wasn't seriously injured.  Frankly, I could care less about the game, the Gator season, and college football.  I'm glad that Tebow is OK.  That is what's most important.

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