Sugar Bowl Is a Sweet End to The Tim Tebow Era

Josh Sawyers@GatorholicsContributor IJanuary 2, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators warms up on the field before the Allstate Sugar Bowl against the Cincinnati Bearcats at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Do you remember where you were Dec. 13, 2005? I know I was glued to ESPN News on “Tebow Tuesday” waiting to see if he picked Florida or Alabama. That Tuesday started one of the greatest four year periods for any college football program, ushering in four years of euphoria for all Gator fans.

We all have a tons of remarkable plays to look back on from jump passes to plowing over opposing teams players. It seems Tim saved one of his best passing performances of his college career for last. Tebow started off the game red hot by completing his first 12 passes and had totaled up 320 passing yards in the first half. He showed both his accuracy, by hitting receivers in stride, and his arm strength on an 80-yard pass to Riley Cooper.

The second half wasn’t any different, as he had set the BSC Bowl record for total yards held by Vince Young in the 3rd quarter. In his final game Tim racked up 533 total yards, and set the all time single game passing record by a Gator (Grossman 464, 2001 vs LSU). This was also an all-time Sugar Bowl record.

Shouldn’t we have seen this coming? How else was the storybook career of Tim Tebow supposed to end?

Coach Urban Meyer summed it up best and the end of the game when asked about Tebow, “Tim Tebow will go down as one of the great players, if not the greatest player, in college football.”

Tebow ended his Sugar Bow speech by thanking Urban Meyer for making him a Gator, and the Gator Nation thanks him for giving us the best four year in the history of the program.