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Tim Tebow: The Greatest College Football Player Ever?

Robert GardnerSenior Analyst IAugust 20, 2009

MIAMI - JANUARY 08:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators runs with the ball against the Oklahoma Sooners in the FedEx BCS National Championship Game at Dolphin Stadium on January 8, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

In Tim Tebow’s three short years at the University of Florida, he has done it all.

He has won a pair of national titles, a Heisman Trophy, and too many other awards and accolades to list here.

He is, without question, the face of college football today. But with one more year ahead of him, the question remains: Is Tim Tebow the greatest college football of all time?

If not, where does he currently stand, and what must he do this year to reach that status?

Tebow's current career stats

6,390 passing yards

65.8 completion percentage

67 passing touchdowns

11 Iinterceptions

2,037 rushing yards

4.3 yards per carry

43 rushing touchdowns

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That's not too shabby for three years, with two as a starter.

When we think of college football greats, we are reminded of the Galloping Ghost and the Tyler Rose.

So, where does Superman rank amongst these giants of the gridiron?

In college football, like most sports, it is difficult, if not impossible, to compare players from different eras. The game has changed drastically from the days of Jim Thorpe and Sammy Baugh. Players today are bigger, faster, and stronger, and the offenses and defenses are more complex. In a way, the game is not the same.

Tebow is a great college football player, but how do we rate whether or not he is the greatest?

He doesn’t have the most passing yards, he doesn’t have the most rushing yards, and he doesn’t have the most touchdowns.

But then again, are statistics what makes up a great player? Red Grange only had 3,637 all-purpose yards during his college career. Does that make him less great? I think not.

Greatness will never solely be found in the stat books. It is a culmination of a player’s career and the mark that they leave on the game.

Tebow’s mark on the game will be his leadership and determination. Tebow plays hard and works even harder, and there is no better leader in College Football today.

I was never lucky enough to witness some of the all-time greats like Archie Griffin, Earl Campbell, Jim Brown, and Dick Butkus. However, I am also lucky enough to have seen Tebow.

Tebow has nothing left to prove. He is the greatest college football player of this era, and the greatest that I have ever seen. For me, his legacy is set, and it will only grow as this season unfolds.

Is he the greatest ever? I will leave that for you to decide.

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