I'll cut right to the chase: It's time to move on. Sort of.
Tim Tebow is no longer the quarterback of the Florida Gators. It's been a fun ride, and no one who has played close attention to this generation of college football will dispute the fact that over the last three-plus seasons, we got to see one of the finest players in the game's storied history.
Tebow captured multiple All-American distinctions, breezed his way to the forefront of SEC record books, and was oh-so close to becoming the second player ever to win two Heisman trophies — and he navigated the glare of the the national spotlight under the guidance of his trusty moral compass.
But the next chapter is awaiting its own hero. I suppose college football now needs to cultivate its next endearing and enduring figure.
Statistically, Tebow was a gridiron folk giant; toss in his reputation as a squeaky-clean humanitarian, and you have a walking figure whose stature quickly outgrew life itself.
The chances are great that we'll never see another Tim Tebow. But what if we tried to manufacture the next closest thing? Could we then keep the good times (and the No. 15 love affair) rolling?
What if we could create a blueprint from which future college quarterbacks could devise a specific game plan for channeling their inner-Tebow?
Wouldn't that be fun? Or, if you live anywhere other than Gainesville, downright weird and annoying.
Something along the lines of "The Tim Tebow Handbook To Becoming The Ultimate College Quarterback."
Let's give it a whirl.
Future NCAA quarterbacks, let the following be your official guide.
As far as the real Tebow is concerned, we'll let him sweat out his NFL prospects at the Senior Bowl in Mobile while we work on his second coming.