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Tim Tebow's rise to national fame began early as a freshmen at the University of Florida. Tebow helped the Gators win a championship as a backup quarterback. It is rare for a backup to play an integral role in a championship team but Tebow did being the second leading rusher on the 2006 Gators.
In Tebow's first full season as a starter in 2007, Tebow really broke out, throwing for 3,200 yards, rushing for 895 more and scoring 55 touchdowns. He managed to rush and throw for a touchdown in every single game he played. Tebow led the Gators in rushing, as well.
Tebow showed the ability to affect games through the air and by ground at various times. He threw for a season-high four touchdowns against Kentucky and rushed for a season high five touchdown against South Carolina. He broke his right hand, his non-throwing hand, against Florida State but continued to play the rest of the game and season.
Take a look at those last two paragraphs. There is a quarterback who will literally do anything to make his team better, plays through pain and has enough athletic ability to lead his team in rushing and passing as a sophomore. This versatility, courage and hard work is what led Tebow to eventually win a Heisman trophy.
The rest of Tebow's college career played out like this: Set the Gator's career rushing touchdown record as a junior. He won a National title. He placed third in Heisman voting. He won his second Maxwell Trophy. He broke the SEC career rushing touchdown record and then set an BCS record with 533 passing yards in a BCS Bowl game.
This was all done by a guy in the SEC conference, which is basically the NFL's minor league, with what are described as "poor mechanics."
Despite being someone who has the right to be very impressed with himself, Tebow take his criticism to heart and after his final college game, immediately went to work on his throwing mechanics.
Tebow was drafted by the Broncos and was basically told to wait his turn. Tebow got his chance against the Kansas City Chiefs and threw for a touchdown on his first pass attempt and then rushed for one more. Despite limited time Tebow threw for 654 yards, had a passer rating of 82.1, threw for five touchdowns and rushed for six more.
Tebow is expected to compete for the starting spot this season despite Peter King's report that the Broncos may look to trade Tebow, all indications seem to show that Tebow may be a starter this year.
Tebow has great leadership qualities and wants to win above all else. The fame that has come along with that has certainly been an added bonus but Tebow is a guy who does his job well and wants to get better. He should likely have similar success in the NFL if the Broncos utilize his talents properly.