Tim Tebow is a Florida Gator legend, and possibly the greatest college football player ever. I remember like it was yesterday when Tebow announced that he would attend the University of Florida. The hype surrounding him was unbelievable, and I couldn't wait to see him wearing the Orange and Blue.
Two SEC championships, two national championships, and one Heisman Trophy later, he has become a polarizing celebrity and is about to become a NFL player. How his NFL career will pan out is anyone's guess, but while we wait and see who drafts him, let's take a look back at some of the good and bad things that have been said about Timmy.
"The only argument against and of it is, that, you know, he could have easily become some kind of a rapist pedophile. I mean, you don't know what someone's going to be."
Those were the brilliant words of Joy Behar on the January 28, 2010 episode of The View. The words were used to discuss what could happen to a child that is born instead of being aborted. This was part of a discussion around Tebow's Super Bowl pro-life advertisement. Perhaps not directed at Tim Tebow, but a pretty stupid statement nevertheless.
Chad Henne, the former Michigan and current Miami Dolphin QB, thought it would be helpful if he told the world what he thought of Tim Tebow on a Miami radio station, WQAM.
"My judgment is that he's not an NFL quarterback. I'll leave it at that."
Your judgment, Chad? Are you kidding me? Way to step up and provide some meaningful insight.
June Jones, then head coach of the University of Hawaii, was seriously bummed that his boy Colt Brennan wasn't getting the love Tebow was back in 2007.
Here is what Coach Jones had to say about Mr. Tebow:
Sam Wyche, the former Cincinnati Bengals head coach and broadcaster, is better known for his "you don't live in Cleveland" blast, but he did have something to say about Tim Tebow:
“(Tebow) will probably spend one year as a backup, be included in the offense on a limited basis. I predict in year two, he’ll be somebody’s starting quarterback on a winning team.
“Ten years from now we’ll be talking about, ‘How many years now has Tebow been in the Pro Bowl?’”
A compelling thought—what if the Colts drafted Tim Tebow? Could a Florida Gator play second fiddle to a Volunteer?
Seriously, I think this would a great thing for Tebow. This is what Peyton Manning said regarding Tim:
"With all the problems we’ve had on third-and-1, fourth-and-1, short yardage, I’d take him in a heartbeat. He’s probably 100 percent in his career on converting those," Manning said. "I’ve seen him make a lot of [NFL] throws. He’s done a lot of damage to Tennessee over the years. I’m not disappointed to see him graduate from the University of Florida."
It's rare when you get Bill Belichick to talk to the press, but when asked "is it feasible to put him at other positions?", he replied:
”My sense of Tim Tebow is, if you asked him to play nose, he’d play nose (tackle). I think he’s that kind of kid. Whatever you ask him to do, he’d do,” Belichick said. ”I don’t know what a team would do with him, but I think he’s a real interesting player. He’s had a great career. It speaks for itself. Second leading passer in SEC history, whatever it is. He’s had tremendous production. They hardly ever lose.”
The next question: "What else do you like about him?"
”There’s a lot to like,” Belichick answered.
Then there was Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys. Throwing back a few at the watering hole, he decided to wax poetic about Bill Parcells and Tim Tebow. Welcome to the viral world of cell phones with video recorders, Jerry.
Poor Deonte Thompson; during an interview with the Orlando Sentinel's Jeremy Fowler, he was asked how he felt about playing with John Brantley, Tim Tebow's replacement at Florida. The now infamous quote had Coach Urban Meyer threatening to throw and boot Fowler out of The Swamp.
By now most people have caught some of Jon Gruden's one-on-one's with the top QBs in this year's draft. It is no secret that he loves Tim Tebow, and here is what he had to say:
"He's like Brandon Jacobs playing quarterback. He's 250 pounds. He's the strongest human being who's ever played the position. Ever. He will kick the living [expletive] out of a defensive lineman. He'll fight anybody. He is rare. Tebow is the kind of guy who could revolutionize the game. He's the 'wildcat' who can throw. Most of the teams that have the wildcat back there, it's Ronnie Brown, it's Jerious Norwood, it's whoever you want to say it is. This guy here is 250 pounds of concrete cyanide, man. And he can throw. He throws well enough at any level to play quarterback."
If anyone has ever gone overboard about Timothy Tebow, then you have to give the nod to Thom Brennaman. "Tebow-mania" hit an all-time high with Brennaman's comment during the 2008 National Championship game against Oklahoma: