Tim Tebow moves Gators fan to tears in Gainesville

Tim Tebow in GainesvilleFormer Florida quarterback Tim Tebow takes pictures with fans on the University of Florida’s Plaza of the Americas in Gainesville, Florida, on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. (By Jordan McPherson, For the Orlando Sentinel / September 12, 2014)
By Matt Murschel Orlando Sentinel7:49 p.m. EDT, September 12, 2014

 GAINESVILLE — Tim Tebow is still a rock star to Gators fans.

Tebow’s return to Gainesville Friday moved one young fan to tears. UF faithful couldn’t get enough of the Gator great during his campus appearance as part of an SEC Network tour stop.

“You can tell he left an indelible mark — impression — on the people around here,” said Marcus Spears, Tebow’s co-host. “We had a girl crying … When you can make someone cry, you’re sort of a big deal.”

For Tebow, it’s hard not to get a little sentimental when it comes to his time in Gainesville.

“Obviously I have so many great memories and I love the University of Florida,” Tebow said following his stint on SEC Nation Friday.

And at heart, Tebow is still a Gator.

It’s why he made time to sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans who flocked to UF’s Plaza of Americas to watch the SEC Network’s live broadcast.

“All these great fans, if you give them the opportunity to make their day by taking a picture or doing something nice for them, it’s worth it for me,” he said.

When the conversation shifted to his future — Tebow has made it clear he still hopes to play in the NFL someday — he spun out of the question, much like he used to do against opposing linebackers.

“I think every day is just an opportunity to count your blessings,” Tebow said. “And that’s what I do. And it’s a blessing for me to do this.

“You know me. You know I’m going to train and work hard every day and that’s my mentality. I’m going to do that at anything I’m doing. I have so many great opportunities — this and with Good Morning America — it’s been great.”

For now, he’s enjoying his time as an analyst with the SEC Network along with host Joe Tessitore and fellow analysts Paul Finebaum and Spears.

“It’s been great. I love it,” Tebow said of the job. “So many of you have been around me for all of those years and you know how passionate I am about the game of football and for the Southeastern Conference and college football in general. I think that’s the one thing about college football that stands out is its passion especially in the SEC.

“The fans, the environment, all these fans — it’s a Friday afternoon and most of them probably should be in school, but they’re out here and they’re excited about it. That’s been every week. And that’s something that’s been super exciting about this show because it is … emotional, passionate and live.”

Tebow will be expanding his television duties as a guest contributor for ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He’ll help the show kick off its “Motivate Me Monday” series. It’s a role that Tebow relishes.

“It’s an opportunity for me to show my heart too and be who I am and that’s someone who likes to make a brighter day in people’s lives,” Tebow said. “That’s a lot of what I’m going to be doing on the show.”

And speaking of brighter days, Tebow thinks this year’s UF team is in for more of those moving forward. Despite having only played one game, he’s been impressed so far with Will Muschamp’s team.

“Offense, defense, special teams. You look at what Kurt Roper has been able to do and he’s really given these guys an opportunity to play in space and be successful in space. And I think that’s really going to help this offense,” Tebow said. “Coach Muschamp has always done a great job with this defense all the way back to 2007 when we played him at Auburn.

“I think both sides of the ball are going to be awesome this year and really help turn this Florida program around from a 4-8 team to a team that has a chance to compete in the [SEC] East.”


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23 Responses to “Tim Tebow moves Gators fan to tears in Gainesville”

  1. tawk2 says:

    No surprise here, Tebow is the real thing! I hope to watch the Gator game tonight is Tebow one of the commentators during the game?

    Monday is my major foot surgery, I will be in the hospital at least one day if not more. My surgery is 3 and half hours long or even longer just depends if my surgeon finds more wrong when he gets in there. I will be laid up for several months and back to walking anywhere between a year and 18 months. I will be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers and of course Tebow. Thanks to you all for supporting Tim and everyone else who comes here. I will miss you all. I will try to get my hubby possibly to check in sometime in the future.

    Keep believing I know I will! Go Gators! GO TEBOW!

    • ck says:

      Tawk2: Hoping that you would not have to go for surgery and will be praying that you have a miracle too! Am going to miss reading your thoughtful posts and know you will never give up believing in Tebow either!:)
      Know God will always more than answer all your prayers!

    • David Oliver says:

      thawk2 -> I pray for God’s Special Care, Path, and SPECIAL Provision for your complete recovery to Whole Health – whether through His guidance of the surgical procedure or through HIS DIRECT HEALING HAND –
      in the NAME Given of GOD HIS SON – Above ALL NAMES:

      I Pray this in the NAME OF “JESUS CHRIST” Our SAVIOUR and LORD!!

  2. andrea says:

    Best of luck with the surgery !!! Hope everything works out well for you.

    If you are not able to visit the Tebowzone for awhile – Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !!!!

  3. ck says:

    Am looking for this segment and hope to find it! Tebow will NEVER EVER BE WITHOUT HIS LOYAL FANS AS HE IS ONE OF A KIND…THANK GOD!!!

  4. ck says:


  5. ck says:

    They won! Whew!

  6. ck says:

    Well Tebow was right…GATORS WON IN TRIPLE OT!!!

  7. ck says:

    Think they had their own refs for KY!!!

    • tawk2 says:

      I know ck, that one personal foul in I believe the first or second quarter, it was so evident how could the refs not see it? It really was a nail biter though, Florida came through though when they needed too! Can’t wait to see next weeks game against Alabama, GO GATORS! I will be watching from our couch in recovery mode! Tebow also picked the outcome of the George/South Carolina game!

      • ck says:

        Tawk2: They had a special on “60 Minutes” about Alabama’s Coach Saban…hope they are well prepared! He came from West Virginia and his dad was a stickler regarding discipline no matter how many times it took to get it right!
        Will be praying for you on Monday!:)

        • tawk2 says:

          Thanks ck, I am up early getting ready to leave, so nervous. Thanks for all your support and prayers. I will miss you and everyone else!

          • tawk2 says:

            Hi ck, thanks for caring. My foot surgery took a little over 6 hours. I am going n so much pain just wanted to let you know how I am. My bowels are giving me a fit now too. But I have a o uav my pain meds D’s now. I will try in the future to get back to you. Thanks again and bless you!

  8. lex says:

    Tebow Time! I agree with you all, it is so terrific to see Tim on tv.

    Wish one of the nfl teams would take action and recruit him.

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