Tim Tebow Earned The Name "Superman"

Zatch PouchpromContributor INovember 30, 2009

GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 28:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators shakes hands with the fans prior to the game against the Florida State Seminoles at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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They say no one is perfect.  Well "they" obviously have never met Tim Tebow.  As Tebow finishes his up his mythical college career, he leaves behind a legacy the likes of which college football may never see again.  In an era when we expect our sports stars to be borderline megalomaniacs and insufferable narcissists, Tebow stood out like a unicorn in the Kentucky derby. 

He was every coaches dream, a hard worker with amazing talent, a polite and religious guy that you never had to worry about showing up in the local police blotter. A good student and natural leader, Tebow raised the bar for future Florida gator quarterbacks to level that is going to be neigh on impossible to match.

Tebow already has two national championships on his resume with a possible third on the way. The recipient of the 2007 Heisman trophy, Tebow not only set career NCAA records with his arm but also broke Herschel Walker's SEC record for rushing touchdowns.

But for all of Tebow's greatness on the field, he may be most well remembered for his example off the field.  In game where many of its greatest stars refer to themselves in the third person and sport as many arrests as they do touchdowns, Tebow was almost shocking in his earnest and unassuming conduct.

Unfailing admirable with never a hint of controversy to detract from his exploits on the field, Tebow earned the nickname "Superman" as much with his wholesome persona and boy scout demeanor as his near invincibility on the gird-iron.

If Superman ever did decide to stop saving the world and play college football at the University of Florida, the way he'd conducted himself as a citizen and as a person would have people nicknaming him "Tebow".

Tebow has two games remaining in his college career. The SEC Championship and the BCS National Championship.  Wither or not Tebow adds those two trophies to his collection is of no importance to the real legacy of Tim Tebow. That is that we can use the word "hero" again when talking about a star athlete and not have it sound inappropriately unbecoming.