Being in the NCAA Football League is not easy. Aside from the impeccable skill in the field of football, being in the league requires hard work, discipline and determination. To be recognized as one of the best players is even harder, just like how hard it is to find a needle in a pile of hay stock.
Tim Tebow has been recognized as one of the best football players in the NCAA League. Through time, he has proven his worth by his great performances and statistics. Let’s take a look at Tebow’s life and see his accomplishments during his college football stint and how he gained the reputation of being one of the best football players.
His parents, Robert Ramsey Tebow II and Pamela Elaine met while attending the University of Florida in the late 1960s. The couple got married on 12, 1971 and moved to the Philippines in 1985 where they served as Baptist missionaries and built a ministry.
Pamela contracted amoebic dysentery and fell into a coma. They discovered that she was pregnant while recovering from the disease. The fetus experienced a severe placental abruption due to the medications that were used for her treatment. Doctors advised an abortion since the fetus will be more likely a stillbirth. The couple did not listen to the doctors and held on to their faith and decided to keep the baby. On August 14, 1987, Tim Tebow was born.
Being the youngest of five children, Tebow grew up with strong Christian beliefs that were instilled by his parents. During his early years, he was home-schooled by his mother, along with his other siblings, where he was taught not just the skills of reading and writing but discipline and a strong belief in God. This strong Christian belief has been a huge part of Tebow’s life and career and was even the subject of colorful media speculations.
Tebow is the first home-schooled athlete to be nominated for the Heisman Trophy. He remarked, “That’s really cool. A lot of times people have this stereotype of home-schoolers as not very athletic – it’s like, go win a spelling bee or something like that – it’s an honor for me to be the first one to do that.” He also received the 2008 Quaqua Protégé Award as outstanding home-education graduate.
College Football Career
Tebow attended the University of Florida through an athletic scholarship and played for Florida Gators football team from 2006 to 2009. Though he was a backup during his freshman year, he accomplished winning the Heisman Trophy in 2007, led his team to a BCS championship in 2008, and a 13–1 season in 2009. He was the team captain in 2008 and 2009 and has been the only three-time recipient of the Gators’ most valuable player award, his teammates elected him on this position in 2007, 2008, and 2009.
Tebow was a big contributor to the success of Gators in 2006 and debuted his SEC against the Tennessee Volunteers on September of the same year. His performance included converting a critical fourth down near the end of the game and a ten-yard run on his first carry which led to the Gators’ go-ahead touchdown. His biggest game in the 2006 season was against the LSU Tigers on October 7 where he accounted for all three of the Gators’ touchdowns, passing for two and rushing for another. He concluded 2006 with the second-most rushing yards on the Gator team.
Tebow was named the Florida Gators starting quarterback for the 2007 season. He opened the year 13-of-17 for 300 yards and three touchdowns in his starting debut against Western Kentucky University and finished the regular season with the second highest passing efficiency in the nation with 177.8. He also had an average 4.3 yards per carry on the ground. He was awarded the Heisman Trophy on December 8, 2007 with the record of being the first sophomore to win this trophy.
Though he had an impeccable 2007 performance, he was playing through a bruised shoulder and broken non-throwing hand. He was pulled from the Playboy Preseason All-American team due to its conflicts with his strong Christian beliefs.
He made another record on November 1, 2008 by running for his 37th touchdowns during their game against the Georgia Bulldogs. He finished third in the 2008 Heisman Trophy voting and won the Maxwell Award on the same year.
He continued having a great performance on the 2009 season despite suffering from a respiratory illness and a mild concussion. He graduated from the University of Florida in December 2009.
College Statistics and Records
Tebow has acquired many accomplishments during his college career, such as 14 Southeastern Conference (SEC), 5 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and 28 University of Florida statistical records. He was also the SEC’s all-time leader in career passing efficiency (170.8), passing touchdown to interception ratio (5.5 to 1), completion percentage (67.1%), rushing touchdowns (any position) (57), rushing yards by a quarterback (2,947) and total touchdowns responsible for (145). He also ranked third in career yards per attempt (9.33), second in career passing efficiency, 8th in career rushing touchdowns, and also owns the record for most consecutive games in which he both threw at least one touchdown pass and scored at least one rushing touchdown (14).
In 2010, a new rule for the next NCAA football season was created which bans messages on eye paint. This rule was popularly dubbed as “The Tebow Rule” by the media. Tebow is known for wearing references to biblical verses on his eye black during his college years. He wore John 3:16 on his eye black in the 2009 BCS Championship Game which made the verse as the highest-ranked Google search term over the next 24 hours. Tebow takes advantage of his position to make an influence to the people, saying “It just goes to show you the influence and the platform that you have as a student-athlete and as a quarterback at Florida”. Read more about “The Tebow Rule” here.
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