Alabama Dominates Florida: Tebow's Bid For History Denied

Chris GolightlyCorrespondent IDecember 5, 2009

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 5:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators reacts after he threw an interception in the redzone in the fourth quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the SEC Championship game at Georgia Dome on December 5, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow will not play for the National Championship this year.

Tebow's Florida Gators were dominated by the Alabama Crimson Tide 32-13, falling in the SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome.

With 11:51 to play in the game Tebow dropped back and fired a bullet right at Javier Arenas in the endzone. Unfortunately for the Gators, Arenas is a star defensive back for Alabama.

As Arenas haued in the errant throw, Tebow's legacy was secured. With Alabama's victory and impending trip to Pasadena, Nick Saban proved, at the most inopportune time for Gator fans, that Tim Tebow is, in fact, human.

Tebow will not win a second Heisman Trophy. He will never have an undefeteated season. He'll win one National Championship as a starting QB.

In fairness, Tebow played well. The Florida defense did not. 

Not once during Florida's no-longer-current 22 game win streak did Tebow need to lead his offense to more than 25 points to win the game. Urban Meyer's defense had been rock solid; impenetrable.

Mark Ingram, Greg McElroy and the Alabama offense sliced, diced, shredded, pounded, and punished the Gator D.

Alabama made the Gators, Tim Tebow included, look average.

It may be first time Tebow has ever looked average. It may be the last. Regardless, Superman has fallen. The Chosen One came in at number two.

Some have touted Tebow as the greatest college football player of all time. Today demonstrated that notion to be laughable.

Tebow is an incredible player. He has had an incredible career. He was one of the best players in the country this year.

He is an inspiration to young men everywhere. He is great player, a great teammate, a great leader, and a great person.

He is not the greatest player of all time. Not even close.

Ultimately, athletes are defined by their performance in the biggest game, on the biggest stage, and at the biggest moments.

In one of the biggest games of his career, his last truly meaningful game, he laid an egg.  The Gators scored zero points in the second half. 

Tebow is a fine young man, but his coronation was premature.