Proverbs 27:2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth
Ben Volin has an excellent piece on what Tebow has meant not only to football and UF, but to the State of Florida as a whole. Below are some of the quotes Volin gathered in writing the piece and more that we've added.
CHARLIE CRIST, GOVERNOR OF FLORIDA
“I’m a big fan, not only of his athletic ability, to be honest, but moreso the kind of character that he exudes. I think he’s a great role model not only for people throughout the state of Florida, but for people throughout the world. He’s just an amazing young man and I have enormous respect for him.
He just exudes humility and kindness and compassion and it’s easy for me, even as a ‘Nole, to speak in such glowing terms about such a remarkable young man.
I think his impact is more far-reaching than you or I will ever know. If (a political career) is something he would want to pursue, I’d be more than honored to try to help him in some small way. Our state and our nation needs great leaders like him.”
JEREMY FOLEY, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
“Certainly having Tim in this program for four years has meant a lot in a lot of different ways. You can point to the success on the field and Heisman Trophies and all those type of things, but more important, the type of person he is, the way he has treated people for four years, the way he has demonstrated so many great qualities, whether it’s leadership or faith or kindness or gentleness or honesty or enthusiasm or passion, that’s why he’s successful. He has all those things, and he lives them every single day.
His work ethic was obvious and his passion for the game, and his passion for life — I don’t want to say I was amazed by it, but I certainly admired it. I love the way he’s treated people. The demands on Tim Tebow are ridiculous. And yet he always has time for people and always has a smile on his face.
It’s been a privilege to watch him play.”
KIRK HERBSTREIT, ESPN COLLEGE FOOTBALL ANALYST
“He’s an ambassador. He’s been the face of this sport for the last three years and you could not hand-pick a better person to be the face of this sport. The whole way through, nothing but class, and an amazing representative of the university.”
MIKE SLIVE, SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE COMMISSIONER
“In the long history of the Southeastern Conference there have been many great football players, several of whom have distinguished themselves in different ways - on the field, in the classroom, or in the community, but seldom has one football student-athlete distinguished himself on the field, in the classroom and in the world community the way Tim Tebow has.
He is an extraordinary young man by any definition and has brought credit to his family, his faith, the University of Florida and to the Southeastern Conference. He embodies the mission of the Conference, which is to provide our student-athletes with a quality education, leading to graduation, and the opportunity to compete at the highest levels of intercollegiate athletic competition.”
URBAN MEYER, FLORIDA FOOTBALL COACH
“Describe Tebow’s character? I need a thesaurus. Impeccable is a great word.
The one thing about Tim is the unselfishness of his mission outside of college football is unparalleled. It’s almost like selflessness is a cool thing — kids realizing to give back, and if you can brighten someone’s day, you do it. And the impact he’s made on this team is phenomenal, and this coaching staff. It’s more noticeable behind closed doors than probably what you guys see, and it’s a significant impact.
I don’t know if there will ever be another one like him, certainly not in my life time. I think he’s the best ambassador I’ve ever seen of college football.”
SHELLEY MEYER, WIFE OF URBAN MEYER
"My girls want to go to the Philippines with him," said Shelley Meyer, the UF coach's wife. "I wouldn't trade one second of these last four years. What he has meant to our team, to our program, to my family spiritually, it's priceless."
RYAN STAMPER, FLORIDA SENIOR LINEBACKER
“I don’t think a lot of people know how much pressure he’s under with the media, the fans — can’t even walk to class, can’t walk outside. My hat’s off to him, because a lot of guys can’t handle the pressure.
Especially with the charity thing — I don’t know if Florida was real heavy on all the charity work until he really came. What he does just kind of motivated us as a team to want to get involved with certain charities.”
EDDIE GILLEY, DIRECTOR OF THE BAPTIST COLLEGIATE MINISTRIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
“He’s been extremely important for Christians, as sort of a model of how you want to live our your faith and not be embarrassed of your faith. He’s one of those guys that you look at and go, ‘That’s what all believers ought to be, whether they play football or not.’”
DAN MULLEN, HEAD COACH OF MSU AND TEBOW'S FORMER COACH
"One of the biggest things I learned from Tim is that if you have the ability to make a difference in someone's life, it's your obligation to do that," Mullen said. "That's profound knowledge from a 20-year-old young man."
MARK RICHT, HEAD COACH OF UGA
"I admire Tim for his ability to stand up and be who is, and not be ashamed of his faith and beliefs," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "You talk about how many people he affected in the league, but Tim has made an impact nationally and internationally. I'm proud of him."
ROLANDO MCCLAIN, ALABAMA LINEBACKER
"He (Tebow) walked up to his defense, says something and then they go and get two or three sacks," Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain said. "I'm like, 'Man, what did he say?' He's crazy, but he's a great leader."
DAN MESA, GATOR FAN
Having earnestly followed Gator football for more that 40 years, I am truly relishing the greatest era the program has ever experienced. Certainly a big part of that success has been the playing ability, competitiveness and leadership that Tim Tebow has provided during the last four years. It's hard to believe that he will play his last game in The Swamp this Saturday. He will go down as one of the greatest players in the history of college football. It has been a privilege to have witnessed that.
Beyond his athletic achievements, I am most proud of Tim for being a great ambassador for The University of Florida. His sincere, selfless devotion to help others and the daily demonstration of his faith is an inspiration. We should all be proud of him! He is a leader, a humanitarian, and a great Gator.
STEVE CRIDER, FATHER AND GATOR FAN
These last four years Tebow and the Gators brought me and my family many happy weekends and positive thoughts while fighting through my daughter, Kelsey's, life threatening kidney disease and three challenging transplants (2 of which failed, number 3 succeeded this past summer). Tebow and the Gators are a shining example of staying positive, upbeat and persistent in one's goals. Never give up, always look for the upside and remain true to your beliefs that things will work out for the better IF you remain true to your family, team and/or self. Tebow and the Gators stand for what's right about college football and I'm one proud dad of Kelsey for winning her battle and of the Gators for winning most of theirs.
GatorNation - be proud we've had Tebow and his team these last four and be proud the next weeks and month, "in all kinds of weather"....Go Gators!!
BOB TEBOW, TIM TEBOW'S DAD
"He's making missions cool at the University of Florida," Bob Tebow said. "I've had so many people come up to me and say, 'I've never been prouder to be a Gator.' There are a lot of wholesome Christians out there who want the University of Florida to be known for more than a beer school."