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Tim Tebow: Man, Myth, and Legend

Daniel DinunzioAnalyst ISeptember 7, 2009

GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 05:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators attempts a pass during the game against the Charleston Southern Buccaneers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Tim Tebow is back for his fourth and final season as quarterback of the Florida Gators.  In recent history, there are few players that can compare with the numbers and accomplishments Tebow has put up in the last three years.  This year the goal is the same it's been in year's past:  Bring a third national title in four years back to Gainesville, Florida.

Tebow is a man of strong character.  His strong Christian background has influenced him in everything he does.  He is a strong-willed guy that demands the most out of each and every one of his teammates.  Even as a freshman, Tebow saw playing time behind Chris Leak.  He was a factor in the BCS National Championship Game against Ohio State, and the intangibles he brings to the table are unlike any other collegiate football player before him.

This man has done in three years' time what many other college football players never come close to accomplishing over their career.  Tebow has the build of a tight end, but it is his strength and athleticism that make him such a dynamic football player.

Many of his critics say he will never succeed in the NFL because of his throwing motion or the way he tucks his shoulder and run at times.  Then again that is part of who Tim Tebow is, and there is no changing that. 

Coming back to Florida this year is an example of his determination and commitment.  If he wins a Heisman or a national title this season he should arguably go down as one of the top five collegiate players of all time.

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There is no myth to what Tebow brings to the field every Saturday.  The only myth that may be possible is that he may not be human.  After all Tebow has taken significant hits in the past and even played with a sprained shoulder on his non-throwing shoulder.

How about the infamous Tebow jump pass?  Down inside the five-yard line, Tebow is unstoppable because you never know what he's going to do.  Sometimes he might just pretend like he is tucking the ball and running, when, in hindsight, he pulls up and drops a floater over the defense to a wide open receiver.

In his own right, Tebow is becoming a legend in the Florida program.  His numbers don't lie, he won national titles in 2006 and 2008, not to forget a Heisman trophy in 2007.  He keeps on getting better, and the type of person Tebow is, he will only continue to improve.

Tebow came back this season because he loves college, his teammates, coaches, and the game of football.  The way he represents himself on and off the field is a fine example of who Tebow is as a man.  His inspirational speeches and leadership on and off the field is proof of that.

Tim Tebow will build on the successes of the past and carry that into the future as he moves forward.  The type of player and person Tebow is, he will be playing football on Sundays next year.  No matter what his role is or where he is drafted, Tebow will take that in stride and do what is necessary to be a great player in the NFL.