Some new news out of Gainesville today. Tim Tebow is staying at Florida, officially making Urban Meyer the happiest man in all of the Sunshine State. The biggest question on everyone’s mind is, “why?” Well, here is my take on it.
- Tebow isn’t an exact fit for the NFL. Teams aren’t exactly willing to invest millions of dollars in a “franchise” QB who’s signature move is lowering the boom on 3rd and short. Not to mention the last legit dual run/pass threat QB in the NFL is currently serving 23 months in Leavenworth. So he doesn’t have a ton to gain by leaving this year.
- College is awesome. Its fun. This past semester I took one class, it met once a week. My requirements? Start a blog. Yah, I got an A. If Uconn was as easy as it was for me, imagine what it’s like for Tebow. First, Florida isn’t Harvard. Second, he won the Heisman so I can’t imagine that professors are hounding him for a perfect attendance record. For some historical precedent, take a look at Ricky Williams (just subtract the dreadlocks and haze of pot smoke). Williams didn’t want to leave Texas because things were so comfortable for him there, even with the NFL calling. Same for Tebow. (Shit, I still don’t want to leave UCONN)
- Its not like Tebow is hurting for money. He doesn’t have to take care of his family or better their situation. He can wait another year to try the NFL and still lead a comfortable life. Also, there are plenty of Filipino children still to be named Tim.
- He has a shot to win the Heisman….again.
Seriously, this year’s Tebow media exposure and a chance to repeat a national title will have top high school players drooling. Expect a few 5 stars switching their choices to Gainesville come signing day. Expect “walking on water” to be added to the half time routine for home games at The Swamp. Plus, Tebow's "rumored" girlfriend is still in school there. Would you leave her?