Tim Tebow back on home turf in Gainesville as part of SEC Network debut

 

Posted: August 14, 2014 – 9:00pm  |  Updated: August 14, 2014 – 9:02pm

Former University of Florida and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow was in Gainesville on his first day of broadcasting for the SEC Network.   Don.Coble@jacksonville.com

Don.Coble@jacksonville.com
Former University of Florida and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow was in Gainesville on his first day of broadcasting for the SEC Network.

GAINESVILLE | The kickoff of the SEC Network Thursday was scheduled in front of Florida Field, but consistent lightning and intermittent showers forced the network to call an audible.

Host Tim Tebow then did what he does best by improvising to make the best of a bad situation.The SEC Network went on the air for the first time in the lobby of the Heavener Football Complex with Tebow standing in front of all three of the Gators’ national championship trophies — and just a few steps away from his Heisman Trophy.

As the first show went live, the Jacksonville native didn’t waste any time talking about the newest product from the ESPN studios.

“The SEC is in my blood,” he said. “Why not be part of the best conference in the country.”

Amid the constant clacking of cell phone cameras, students often roared in approval. Rarely has such an opportunity for a selfie, especially with the program’s beloved son, been so easy.

While the network has been in the works for a couple years, Tebow clearly didn’t possess the polish of a professional television front man. Whether by design or by coincidence, it still worked.

Minutes before the cameras when live, co-host Joe Tessitore had to fix Tebow’s tie. A couple of fans in the backdrop then reached over a barricade to pull some lent off Tebow’s jacket.

And when pressed on what to expect from Florida this season, Tebow constantly said “we” when talking about the Gators.

It will be interesting to see if he talks of other SEC teams in the same reverence.

Tebow, who turned 27 on Thursday, was given a birthday cake during the show. He thanked everyone and gave the cake to the fans.

Tebow’s role ended with a quick interview with Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel.

As they wrapped up the show, Tebow’s final words were: “God bless.”

The SEC Network plans to make preseason stops at every campus. After that, Tessitore and Tebow will travel around the conference with their own pregame show.

Although he continues to work out six days a week with hopes of returning to the NFL, Tebow seemed to make the transition to television. And while he’s a new member of the media, ESPN decided not to allow Tebow answer questions from other media.

But like he’s done so many times, he made the best of a bad situation by signing autographs and taking pictures with Gators fans.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/sports/college/2014-08-14/story/tim-tebow-back-home-turf-gainesville-part-sec-network-debut#ixzz3AQYVAqHn

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One Response to “Tim Tebow back on home turf in Gainesville as part of SEC Network debut”

  1. ck says:

    A lot of it is b/c of Tebow making the SEC THE BEST conference…THE TRUTH!!!

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