During our time in Gainesville last year I definitely caught a case of Tebow fever. Even though Chris Leak was the general of the Gators’ BCS Championship run last season, there was an extra buzz in the air whenever Tebow – then a freshman – was under center. As the starting quarterback this year he became the first player ever to both run for and pass for 20 or more touchdowns. He posted an impressive 177.85 quarterback rating, 68.5% completion percentage, 3,132 yards, 29 touchdowns, and threw only six picks all season. And yesterday he became the first sophomore ever to win the Heisman Trophy.
The kid’s not only a heckuva football player, but he’s a pretty likeable guy. He’s majoring in Family, Youth and Community Service. His father is a pastor and his sister is a misionary in Bangladesh. He may very well be the first ever Heisman winner to be homeschooled (though he played high school football for Nease High School in Ponte Verda Beach, FL). Heck, he even took some time off from July workouts to play Goliath in a children’s musical at his home church!
As a Dolphins fan, I just wish the kid were a year older. Miami, currently 0-13, appears to be a lock for the #1 overall pick in the 2008 draft. Unfortunately, Tebow’s a year too young to be eligible. Otherwise I’d say the stars had aligned!
Anwyay, a great kid and a great honor. Way to go Tim!