Talk turns to football on night before Tim Tebow’s celebrity golf classic

Former Gator, Nease star isn’t ruling out future attempts at playing in the NFL

By Garry Smits Fri, Mar 13, 2015 @ 7:56 pm | updated Fri, Mar 13, 2015 @ 9:05 pm

Tim Tebow talks to the media on the red carpet at the Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Gala and Golf Classic at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach.  Bob.Mack@jacksonville.com

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Tim Tebow talks to the media on the red carpet at the Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Gala and Golf Classic at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach.

 

Tim Tebow said the night was about helping kids and the support of celebrities and friends who came out on Friday for reception and banquet the night before his foundation’s celebrity golf classic at the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course.

But talk usually turns to football when it comes to Tebow and the Heisman Trophy winner for the University of Florida and Nease graduate indicated that he might not be done with giving the NFL another attempt.

It just might not happen at the first NFL veterans combine on March 22 at the Arizona Cardinals’ practice facility, where Tebow hasn’t been invited — yet.

Tebow’s name is absent from the initial list of 100 players invited to the combine. But that doesn’t mean it’s a done deal he won’t be there. The NFL can theoretically replace players who are injured or who sign with a team as a free agent in the next week.

Tebow, who also is a college football analyst for the SEC Network, said he’s not concerned about whether he can still slip onto the list. But he’s still working out with private quarterback guru Tom House, who also tutors four-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Alex Smith.

“I’m just excited about being here tonight,” Tebow said before walking the red carpet before the banquet at the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse. “Whatever happens, happens. It’s all good.”

When asked if he still held the dream of returning to the NFL, where he played with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets, and spent a training camp with the New England Patriots, Tebow was a bit cryptic.

“I love to play ball … you know I always love football,” he said with a smile. “I love to play ball.”

The Friday night gala and Saturday golf tournament at the Stadium Course has raised more than $1 million per year in each of the first four years. Celebrities in the event include Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, Florida coach Jim McElwain, former Gator quarterback and Danny Wuerffel, Jackson High and FSU product Leon Washington, country singer Jake Owen, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, former Tennessee Titans running back Eddie Georgia and former heavyweight champion of the world Evander Holyfield.

Proceeds will go to the children’s outreach initiatives around the world, such as the Tebow Cure Hospital in the Philippines, Timmy’s Playrooms in hospitals, adoption aid grants and orphan care.

Fans can purchase tickets at the Nicklaus Gate in The Players Championship public lot off County Road 210 in Ponte Vedra. Admission for adults is $15 and youth 18 and younger $10. The tournament begins with a shotgun start at 10 a.m.

The celebrities in attendance said the gala and the golf are fun ways to help Tebow in his desire to better conditions for at-need children.

“What he stands for, the competitive nature in which he played, the wins he had and all the things he does to help throughout the United States and the world is something to be proud of, being a Gator,” McElwain said.

Defending FedEx Cup champion and Florida graduate Billy Horschel said the format of the tournament and the cause is a nice departure from the pressure of PGA Tour golf.

“Sometimes it’s nice to go out and have some fun … who cares how you play. It’s all about enjoying the day and raising money.”

Washington said Florida and FSU allegiances go out the window for a couple of days.

“It’s all about Jacksonville … it’s all about impacting kids,” he said. “When it comes to that, we put everything else out the window. This is a tremendous honor for me.”

Tebow said his main concerns were his guests and the tournament, and the potential for his foundation’s efforts.

“Everything happens at the right time,” he said. “God always has a plan for it for me and that’s always something you trust, Tonight, it’s not about any of that [the NFL]. Tonight it’s about the kids that we’re helping all over the world, about their stories and their faces. That’s more important than anything else I could ever do.”

 

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5 Responses to “Talk turns to football on night before Tim Tebow’s celebrity golf classic”

  1. KingSolomon says:

    Tim handles everything with class.

  2. tawk2 says:

    Yes Tim is such a role model for us all! It’s never about just him, he always cares and looks out for others with no strings attached.

  3. andrea says:

    I agree Tebow is a class act.

    So sad the sports media doesn’t have any class – just childish brutes/bullies.

  4. Shaztah says:

    I met Tim today and he is everything that everyone says he is. Today was one of the best days of my life. EVERY SINGLE person I met were nice and helpful. My husband has cerebal palsy and rides in a scooter and every single person offered assistance and there were people from all over the world. We met people from France, England, the Phillipeans and many other places. I will go back next year. I posted a couple picture links on the next article because I don’t know how to post them here. The picture of me hugging Tim is when I told him about this wonderful site and suggested he visit it. He said he would try to 🙂 I will be taking my Grandson next year so he can meet Tim too and I will every year for as long as I am able, what better person to have him look up to? Pople at the tournament did not hesitate to get to know everyone else they would just walk up and introduce themselves and tell you where they were from. Met about 8 or 9 from Denver, they miss him terribly. Sorry guys I just wanted to share with you.

    • ck says:

      Shaztah: Yes, I agree/understand he has that effect on people and remember very well how excited when at UF and he was trying out for PRO DAY in Gainesville then he went around the field to high five people waiting…I was lucky enough to be there and he came right to where I was as there were a lot of kids and so was able to talk to him plus shake his hand…NEVER FORGOT THAT MOMENT EVER!!! HE’S THE BEST!!! (Plus, some camera person wanted to get me on film shouting/encouraging TEBOW…WHAT A MOMENT!!!)

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