#TBT Sports Blog: Former Florida Gator Now New York Met Tim Tebow

heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow

Today’s #TBT sports blog looks back when new New York Mets signee Tim Tebow tore it up on the field as a college football player.

Sure, he may now need to prove himself as a minor league baseball player. But, not too long ago Tebow was college football’s best player.

As famous for his public displays of faith as he was for his spectacular career at the  University of Florida, Tim Tebow never continued his collegiate success in the NFL.

After getting released by the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, Tebow never lost hope of starring one day in the professional ranks.

However, few fans could have ever imagined that his last hope as a professional athlete would be in Major League Baseball.

In today’s #TBT post, let’s take a look back at Tebow’s famous college football days.

#Today’s #TBT Blog Rewinds Clock on Tebow

Former Gator QB Tim Tebow may have unintentionally provoked some college football fans who thought he flaunted his Christian faith on the football field. However, no college football fan could argue that #15 enjoyed one of the best college careers of anyone who’s ever laced up football cleats.

For skeptics who can look beyond Tim Tebow’s scripture messages in his eye-black or his Tebowing (kneeling on a football field with head bowed to celebrate a touchdown), they can certainly admire the brilliance of this hybrid QB and his unmatched ability to win close football games.

While at Florida, Tebow helped lead the Gators to BCS National Championships in both 2006 and 2008. Along with his heralded team accomplishments, #15 was a one man wrecking crew in collecting numerous personal awards and accumulating amazing individual statistics.

2007 Heisman Trophy Winner

In addition to being named the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, Tim Tebow received the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s top quarterback. He also picked up two Maxwell Awards as the nation’s top college football player and the James E. Sullivan Award as the country’s best amateur athlete.

Besides becoming the first ever FBS QB to both run and pass for 20 touchdowns in one season, Tebow capped a sensational college football career in Florida’s 2010 Sugar Bowl win over the Cincinnati Bearcats. During the game, Tebow amassed a staggering 533 yards in total offense on 31 – 35 passing, and he accounted for four TDs.

This former Gator never duplicated his college success as the NFL QB so many of his fans had hoped he would become.

However, as a spokesperson for top brands like Nike, EA Sports, Jockey and TiVo, Tim Tebow has flourished as a fan favorite and continued his genuine and unapologetic demonstration of his faith.

The polite, articulate 6’3” and 240 lb. son of Baptist missionaries still personifies all that is good about college football. As a former 1st round draft pick in the NFL, Tim Tebow has utilized his fame and new found fortune by starting the Tim Tebow Foundation.

The foundation’s mission best describes this, at times, polarizing individual: “The Tim Tebow Foundation exists to bring faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need.”

No wonder why Tim Tebow also barrels in at the #3 spot of NCAA Football Favorites.

And that’s something for us all to be grateful for – or even Tebow about.

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