Tim Tebow reflects on Alabama recruitment, explains which former Tide QB compares to Blake Sims


Nick Saban and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow (15) meet after the game in the SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga., Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009. Alabama wins 32-13. (file photo)

Michael Casagrande | mcasagrande@al.com By Michael Casagrande | mcasagrande@al.com AL.com
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on September 19, 2014 at 6:07 PM, updated September 19, 2014 at 6:14 PM

 TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — The vibes are good for Tim Tebow as he stepped on the University of Alabama campus Friday.

A one-time heralded recruit who came very close to playing for the Crimson Tide, Tebow returned to Tuscaloosa on Friday as a television analyst. He’ll be part of the SEC Nation broadcast that’ll broadcast live from outside Moore Hall (across from the quad) from 9-11 a.m. on the SEC Network. That leads up to the 2:30 p.m. kickoff between Tebow’s old Gators and Alabama down the street in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

One of the factors he looks forward to watching Saturday involves Alabama’s quarterback Blake Sims.

“He’s the only quarterback, probably since Andrew Zow left Alabama, that could probably win a game with his legs if asked to,” Tebow said. “And that’s a different dynamic that Saban’s never really had here. So if he’s called to do that, he has the ability.”

Chatting with reporters on a steamy afternoon, Tebow said the passion of Alabama fans was one of the reasons he nearly played here.

“I wore my emotions on my sleeve, I’m excited and I love the game,” said Tebow, who drew a large crowd of fans seeking autographs and pictures Friday. “That’s what draws me to the SEC and that’s what drew me to Alabama.”

In his four years at Florida, Tebow played Alabama three times with a 2-1 record. They split his last two — both coming in the SEC Championship. The 32-12 loss in the 2009 SEC Championship Game was his second-to-last college game. He hasn’t heard any hecklers on campus yet referencing that game.

“I think there’s so much respect, I’m sure I’ll get some of that, but I think just between SEC teams, there’s so much respect between the fans and the players,” Tebow said.

Tebow was also asked about any potential of returning to the field.

“I’m always training and in shape,” Tebow said. “You never know what the future holds, but I’m so blessed to be able to do this. It’s something that I love doing.”

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One Response to “Tim Tebow reflects on Alabama recruitment, explains which former Tide QB compares to Blake Sims”

  1. ck says:

    Can’t say that he doesn’t have millions of FANS!!!
    GO TEBOW!!!

    To bad about the Gators though.:(

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