Thursday, December 31, 2009

"Typical Tim" Great Moment - 2 The Concussion

No. 2 - The Concussion

Why was this a "Typical Tim" moment? Because it was how Tebow dealt with adversity, and not victory, that ultimately has been Tebow's greatest witness. There were more Google searches regarding Tebow's concussion, than either the 2008 National Championship game/John 3:16 or the 2009 SEC Championship game and "Tebow crying."

Many detractors of Christians expressing their faith in games and in association with sports believe that Christians only "thank their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" when they win, and not when they lose. But Tebow responded to the concussion by wearing I Thessalonians 5:18 - "In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" - for his return to play against LSU.

The concussion also shattered the "perfect" facade that many mistakenly had ascribed to Tebow. Instead, we all got to see that Tim Tebow is human like the rest of us, and that moment was a frightening thing for many fans. It was a sobering reminder that all of us are mortal, and that football is and will continue to be a brutal sport.

How Tebow responded, by relying on his faith, is what makes it a "typical" moment.

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"Typical Tim" Great Moment - 3

No. 3 - First 20-20 Player and First Sophomore Heisman Trophy Winner

In 2007 Tim Tebow became the first player in college football history to score both 20 rushing TDs and 20 passing TDs in a single season in the game against Florida Atlantic. The original story is here. At present he is both the first and only player to do so. The 20-20 statistic is what many believe made it possible for Tebow to become the first Sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy.

Winning the Heisman, and setting two separate college records in doing so, launched Tebow to pop culture status. It was the beginning of his national platform and the beginning of his broader influence as an individual.

The TimTeblog take on the 20/20 milestone.

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Tebow and Nelson post final practice interviews

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Also, click thru for Urban Meyer's presser today.

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Eye Black Challenger - Charlie Strong

You might say that Charlie Strong is the oldest or longest of Gator coaches. Charlie Strong coached under Galen Hall, Gary Darnell, Steve Spurrier, Ron Zook and Urban Meyer. After 27 long years, he has finally earned a long over due head coaching job.

What few seem to realize about Coach Strong is he is and has been a "pioneer" in the world of college football. Ben Volin has the story.

Charlie Strong doesn't want to be known as an African American head football coach.

He doesn't want to be considered a ground-breaker.

All he wants is to be called Coach, like everyone else in the NCAA.

"What you want to do is never put pressure on yourself to be like, 'Hey, you have to be a pioneer,'" Strong said Tuesday.

It took Strong 27 years, but he finally reached the peak of his profession.

The long-time Florida defensive coordinator was hired as Louisville's head coach three weeks ago, ending a frustrating decade of missed opportunities and rumors that his race and interracial marriage prevented him from earning a head coaching job.

Strong spoke Tuesday from New Orleans, where he will coach the No. 5 Gators (12-1) one last time, this Friday, when they play No. 4 Cincinnati (12-0) in the Sugar Bowl.

Several times Strong, 49, has been a finalist — for jobs at Kansas, California and Mississippi State, among others — but every time he walked away empty-handed.

When he took the podium for the first time as a head coach three weeks ago, he broke into tears and had to stop to compose himself several times.

"You're an assistant for so long, you're so close, you're so close, and then bam, it's finally happened," Strong said Tuesday. "You got to pinch yourself, like, 'is this really happening?'" But Strong is not the only African American coach finally receiving a shot to prove himself.

Strong is one of five African Americans to be hired as head coach of an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision school since Thanksgiving. Virginia hired Mike London, Kansas hired Turner Gill, Memphis hired Larry Porter and Western Kentucky hired Willie Taggart.

There are now 11 African American head coaches among the 120 FBS schools, up from just three in 2003.

And for the first time this season, three head coaches of color have led their teams to bowl games — Randy Shannon (Miami), Kevin Sumlin (Houston) and Ken Niumatalolo (Navy).

The association of Black Coaches & Administrators called it a "remarkable" period for African American coaches on its Web site, and that "we are experiencing a watershed of success after a sordid history of disappointments."

"At least we are seeing some evidence of a breakthrough," Floyd Keith, executive director of the association, told "I commend the athletic directors and presidents for being attentive and being inclusive and giving opportunities, which hasn't always been the case."

Before Strong was hired, former NFL coach Tony Dungy railed publicly against NCAA athletic directors for not hiring enough African American head coaches, especially at BCS schools.

"I'm hoping this is a signal," Dungy said of the recent hires. "But … the BCS schools, that's the place we have to look, because that's where you have a chance to win a national championship."

To Strong, it's simply a matter of college football finally reflecting the changes being made in society.

"Look at the new president of the United States," he said.

Of course, some coaches resent the notion that race played any factor in their job search. Gill, formerly the coach at Buffalo, was asked at his introductory press conference three weeks ago if race was a reason it took him so long to earn a job at a BCS school.

"No," he said. "It's all about what's the best fit. Each institution has to do their evaluation process, do it diligently and then find out who is the best guy for that environment and that particular time period. I don't believe in that situation at all."

Florida cornerback Joe Haden said he was happy that Strong finally got the opportunity, but not because of his skin color.

"I'm just proud because Coach Strong is a great coach and because he's a good person," Haden said. "If he was African American, white, black, Chinese — I feel Coach Strong would be a good head coach anywhere."

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"Typical Tim" Great Moment - 4 Herschel Walker's Record(s)

No. 4 - Tying and Breaking Herschel Walker's Rushing TD Record

Tebow described tying, and then breaking, Herschel Walker's record as "breathtaking."

The athleticism of the tying touchdown is "typical" of Tebow's ability and drive to win (pic on left). The fierce competitor in taking the record can be seen in the middle picture, but what so many forget but what is so "typical" of Tebow is the politeness, moments later, in asking for the record breaking ball.

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Fox ready to pull the plug

America's two most favorite Christian men may get pulled off the airways today. That's right Ned Flanders and Tim Tebow might be "unavailable" due to the continuing fight between Fox and Time Warner Cable. And this means some of us, or even many of us, won't be able to watch Tebow's last game as a Gator. Where is Bizarro Tebow when you need him?

Full story here.

It looks like Fox is ready to pull the plug on Time Warner Cable.

News Corp. President Chase Carey told staffers it looks like the two sides "will not reach an agreement and our channels may very well go off the air in Time Warner Cable systems" Thursday.

The warning followed a day of negotiations between the two corporate giants, who were planning to talk right up to the deadline.

Time Warner Cable chairman Glenn Britt told Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) in a letter it would agree to use binding arbitration or sign an interim agreement to keep Fox on.

"We continue to hope that Fox won't punish our customers by taking their programming away while we continue to negotiate," Time Warner Cable spokeswoman Maureen Huff said.

Carey ruled out an extension, saying it would only allow the cable company to reap more profits from Fox programming.

The two sides have been battling over how much TWC should pay Fox to offer those channels to subscribers.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

"Typical Tim" Great Moment - 5 The Chomp

No. 5 - The Chomp

You can easily argue with us that this wasn't a "typical" Tebow moment because it was, after all, his first and only unsportsmanlike penalty. But the fierce competitor is "typical" of Tebow, as well as his display of emotion.

The aggressive, competitive nature of Tebow is often overlooked by many Christian admirers, especially women, but it is what gives Tebow credibility with many men, especially the prisoners that Tebow visits. Without the fiercely competitive nature, and the will to dominate on the field, Tebow would not have the national platform that he cherishes.

The Chomp, which Tebow later described as "letting the Gator speak" for him was also intensely human in its emotion, which made the unattainable "Superman" image of Tebow diminish, or even disappear for a moment. It made him more real and accessible to football fans of all ilks.

The bookend to the Chomp was of course Tebow's tears in the SECCG. Whether in victory or in defeat, Tebow is an open book, and that is what we label "Typical Tim" and we salute him for it.

What we also find "typical" of Tim, and not others, is that he was later embarrassed by the Chomp (watch his reaction in the video below), but is unapologetic and unembarrassed by his tears.

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Eye Black Challengers - Nicolas Trivelpiece and the Orange men

Honorary Orange man

Nicholas Trivelpiece seems to be a lucky little boy. The 5-year-old with the nickel-sized chocolate eyes, the sly smile and the tousled sandy hair spends a couple of days each week at SU’s practices and games, hanging with his friends. He has become, through his affiliation with an organization called Friends of Jaclyn, an honorary Orange man this season.

Nicholas’ connection with Friends of Jaclyn explains his presence. The organization, a nationwide movement named after Jaclyn Murphy, seeks to improve the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors. Friends of Jaclyn matches those children with mostly college, but some high school athletic programs. Executive Director Sarah Walsh said 165 children have Friends of Jaclyn relationships with teams.

The idea, said Walsh, is to introduce sick children to surrogate big brothers and sisters who can distract them from their illness and make them feel special. For Nicholas, those big brothers wear the Syracuse uniforms of the No.5 team in the nation.

On days when he isn’t sequestered in a small hospital room, grimacing as a nurse plunges a needle into a port surgically implanted to admit a powerful cancer-fighting drug called vinblastine, Nicholas can laugh and play with his tall buddies.

“It’s just this positive vibe. (Nicholas thinks) ‘I do have to go to the hospital. That makes me special. But this is special too. This is special time because I have this special thing,’” said Karen Trivelpiece, Nicholas’ mother. “That’s all he really understands. He doesn’t get the significance of SU basketball. He’s 5. These are just his friends. And this is very humbling to us.”

Full story here.

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"Typical Tim" Great Moment - 6 The Jump Pass

No. 6 - The Jump Pass

The Jump Pass. How fun was the jump pass against LSU? and then against the Sooners?

Click on the photo to hear Tebow talk about how the jump pass came about.

TimTeblog has more on the Jump Pass here.

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You had me at Phil 4:13

Says it all really.

Photo: Lindsay H.

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Quote of the Day: but there's a price to pay

Urban Meyer on the high expectations:

I try not to let that get to me, but I saw it get to the strongest man I know, Tim Tebow. I saw the expectation level, and huh, you just huh, it did - it happened. And huh, it's great to be, I hope we are preseason number one again because it means you have one heck of a ball club, but there's a price to pay as well.

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Hebrews 10:23

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised

Hebrews 10:23 Retengamos firme la Confesión de la esperanza sin Vacilación, porque fiel es el que lo ha prometido.

Hebrews 10:23 retenhamos inabalável a confissão da nossa esperança, porque fiel é aquele que fez a promessa;

Hebrews 10:23 又应该坚持我们所宣认的盼望,毫不动摇,因为那应许我们的是信实的。

Hebrews10:23 いま私たちは、神様が約束してくださった救いを、希望をいだいて待ち望むことができます。 今や私たちは、一点の疑いもなく、救いが確実であることを、だれにでも話せます。 神様のことばは、必ず実現するからです。

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

"Typical Tim" Great Moment - 7 Tebow and Kelly Faughnan

No. 7 Tim Tebow and Kelly Faughnan

Original story here.

"Typical Tim" Great Moment - 8 "Yes, I am"

No. 8 "Yes, I am."

We didn't originally cover the "Yes I am" moment at the beginning of the season because it was an out of bounds question in our view. But given the plethora of news stories of athletes' divorces, dalliances, and tragedies all stemming from infidelity, it is a shining moment. Especially since Tebow got the last laugh on that day, and continues to do so.


10 - The Chosen One

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Tebow talks his career highlights

Click on the photos - Sugar Bowl presser below

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What's in a Name?

And you think we go full nerd on you? How about determining the amount of money Tiger Woods' sponsors lost in the wake of his minor traffic accident? Two UC-Davis Economists, Christopher R. Knittel and Victor Stang, did just that.

Here's the abstract:

We estimate that in the days beginning with Tiger Woods' recent car accident and ending with his announced \ inde finite leave" from golf, shareholders of companies that Mr. Woods endorses lost $5-12 billion in wealth. We measure the losses relative to both the entire stock market and a set of competitor firms. Because most of the firms that Mr. Woods endorses are either large or owned by large parent companies, the losses are extremely widespread. Mr. Woods' top five sponsors (Accenture, Nike, Gillette, Electronic Arts and Gatorade) lost 2-3 percent of their aggregate market value after the accident, and his core sports-related sponsors EA, Nike and PepsiCo (Gatorade) lost over four percent. The pace of losses slowed by December 11, the date on which Mr. Woods announced his leave from golf, but as late as December 17 shareholders had not recovered their losses.

That's right sports fans, BILLIONS. Even if you don't believe in morality and "all that stuff," perhaps you can think of a few million or billion other reasons to behave in a different manner than you'd like.

Full study here, if you're interested.

And we do hope that Tiger Woods has "abdicated" his crown to Tebow, if it's worth $100 million a year. We suspect there are a few orphanages that wouldn't mind seeing that crown passed either.

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Tebow featured in Super Bowl ad?

Regular readers know we don't post speculation or rumors, but if this is true, it is pretty exciting. And we hope it is.

Focus on the Family may be purchasing one or more 30 second spots to feature Pam Tebow and her story of not aborting her son, Tim Tebow. The piece is a little rough, but it seems the story may be legit.

The Focus ad supposedly features the story of University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and his mother. Pam Tebow and her husband were Christian missionaries in the Philippines in the '80s, and during her pregnancy with Tim she developed amoebic dysentery. Doctors told her the strong drug they used to kill the infection had likely damaged the fetus, and they suggested an abortion. Pam refused. Tim was born healthy, won the Heisman Trophy in 2007, led Florida to the national championship a year ago and is a likely top draft pick in next spring's NFL draft.

Focus isn't confirming anything about the ad, though it's not a secret inside the organization. Reached by phone Tuesday, Focus media relations director Gary Schneeberger said: "I decline comment. Let's just say that. I have nothing to say."

But then he added: "If there is a Super Bowl commercial from Focus on the Family, I guess you'll just have to wait and see it during the Super Bowl. I can say Tim Tebow does not appear in any Focus on the Family ad." Schneeberger didn't say anything about Tebow's mother.

A source says the new head of Focus, Jim Daly, spoke at an evangelical conference a few months ago and unveiled the Super Bowl ad plan. Then he begged for donations from like-minded organizations. According to the source, Daly was given about $3 million, and Focus dipped into its general fund for the other $1 million.

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Let another praise you, part 2

Furman Bisher Atlanta Journal-Constitution: It's not necessary that an athlete break into tears after losing a game to prove that he's human. In Tim Tebow's case, it just certified him as more than just an athlete, He has lived his life admirably, contributed to those in need of his counsel, and thus, no certification was needed. I've watched him in high times, and when the game hasn't gone his way, but the man inside never changed. Long after he puts the pads and uniform away, he will still be making his way on the high side of life, making all those around him better for it.

Vince Dooley, former Georgia football coach and athletic director:

I would have to say of all the athletes I’ve seen in my life – Herschel Walker – that Tim might be the best when you take everything into consideration. I’m talking about football, athleticism, competitiveness, character, student, self-discipline, service, charity, role model. When you combine all of those things, I don’t think there’s ever been anyone quite like Tim Tebow. Nor may there ever be anyone quite like him again.

Ron Higgins, Memphis Commercial-Appeal:
There might be football players in SEC history as good as Tim Tebow. Georgia running back Herschel Walker comes to mind.

But no player in this conference has ever had a greater impact off-the-field than Tebow. He made it cool to be a Christian. He made it acceptable to flatten a defender over at the goal line, then give him a hug during a postgame handshake and tell him "God Bless."

He made a lot of players, especially those in the spotlight, think about their responsibility of being a leader that everyone admired, someone that gives back more than he takes. No player, in my 30 years of covering the SEC, has been more universally respected than Tebow.
And in these days of me, me, me, that speaks volumes.

Dan Johnson, Trinity United Methodist Church, Gainesville, Fla.:
Tim Tebow has captivated the hearts and spirits of all of us here in Gainesville and all across Florida and beyond. He has shown in brilliant colors that it really is possible to live an extraordinary life; it is possible to be a superlative sports figure and also amazingly humble, to be "bigger than life" and also kind, gracious, authentic, and good. He is the "real deal" - his actions match his words and his words match his eye black and his eye black matches his heart. More than any other individual I know, he has used his stage, authentically and genuinely, to share his deep Christian faith in a positive way. I love who he is, and I love that my Grandkids have had a chance to know him and admire him, and also have their picture taken with him, when he graciously offered to sign my Grandson's leg cast. That's the kind of guy he is!

Billy Cannon, LSU All-America and 1959 Heisman Trophy winner:
I can say this without fail: Inside the 20-yard line, he has the greatest knack for getting into the end zone through physical ability since Paul Horning, and I saw some of the great ones between Paul and Tim. Tebow has a unique way of tackling his tacklers. He stops their momentum with his helmet and the shoulder pads on the rises with his leg strength. He just walks away from them.

Jim Kleinpeter, Times-Picayune:
There's nothing quite like watching Tim Tebow on third down. It seems every time he gets the ball in his hands in that situation, his competitiveness and passion really leaps out. That's when he seems to make his most memorable plays.

When he was a sophomore I marveled at his ability to make touchdowns happen. Watching the last two years I saw a guy who gave his all for every inch of yardage. Those qualities made him the best player in the nation for the past three years, even when statistics didn't reflect it. His sincerity and generosity off the field make him nearly impossible not to admire.

John Adams, Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Archie Manning was the All-SEC quarterback for the first 50 years. Tim Tebow will be the All-SEC quarterback for the second 50.

Tebow could have been an All-American quarterback running the wishbone, spread or pro-style offense. If he had played in the 1950s, he wouldhave been an All-American quarterback and linebacker.

He has been a joy to watch and is the best reason I know for increasing college eligibility from four to five years. How about one one more jump pass before you go?

Bruce Feldman, ESPN
People tend to roll their eyes whenever someone brings up the term "intangibles," but whenever scouts evaluate a player that is often when distinguishes those who proved to become stars from those who end up as busts. Tebow's intangibles--his leadership, toughness, determination, commitment--were off the charts and he proved to be one of the best players in the history of the game because he almost always found a way. The thing that I will miss about him leaving the college game is I can't recall a high-profile player who ever had as many moments in the spotlight and always--ALWAYS--handled them with class and dignity.

Mike Dirocco, Florida Times-Union
Is Tim Tebow one of the best college football players of all time? Maybe. Is he one of the best things that have happened to the sport? Absolutely. Most people will remember the touchdowns or the jump pass or The Promise. I'll remember how he gladly gave so much of himself off the field, whether on a mission trip with his family, speaking in prisons, or visiting hospitalized children. Some of the records Tebow set on the field may never be matched. The standard he set as a role model won't be, either. That's a far more significant legacy.

Tony Barnhart, CBS Sports:
Tim Tebow's college football career was never about the number of touchdowns he scored or the games he won. Those were certainly impressive. Tim transcended the game of football and the world of sport with his influence.The great ones make those around them better. Tim Tebow made everybody—not just football players--around him better. And he will keep doing that long
after his playing days are over.

Archie Manning, President, National Football Foundation:
When you’re a head coach and you’re recruiting a blue chip player, you’re hoping that he’s just like he was in high school from the talent standpoint, from the leadership standpoint and from the character standpoint. You don’t always get that, but Tim Tebow made the transition with all of those qualities, but he even brought more than anyone could have envisioned. More than anything else, Tim Tebow is a world-class leader, the ultimate quarterback leader on and off the field.

Even more here.

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Tebow has a Believer

It was too good of a headline to pass up. And it has one of our favorite quotes about Tebow and that's "concrete cyanide." We have no idea what that means, but who cares, it just sounds awesome.

Tebow has a believer

While many people doubt whether Tim Tebow can play in the NFL, Super Bowl-winning former coach Jon Gruden is a believer.

The Florida quarterback, who won the 2007 Heisman Trophy, will play his final college game on New Year's Day in the Sugar Bowl.

"Tim Tebow is the 'wildcat' who can throw,'' said Gruden. "This guy is 250 pounds of concrete cyanide, man. And he can throw. He throws well enough at any level to play quarterback. He can play quarterback in the NFL.

"When he was a high school senior, I have tape of the state championship game. He has an 80-yard touchdown run that put his team in the lead. When it flipped around, what position do you think Tebow was playing? He was playing nose guard and he disrupted about 10 plays.

"This guy is totally different. He's got Rich Gannon, Drew Brees, that kind of makeup as a team guy."

Of course, Gruden is in the announcing booth now, so he can be a master of hype.

Dungy and Gruden, or Mel Kiper? Forget who you believe, who would you even be willing to sit through a conversation with?

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"Typical Tim" Great Moment - 9 We are all Witnesses

No. 9 - We are all Witnesses

When Nike released the above image from the 2006 Championship game with


they, like the rest of us, had no idea how true and wide ranging that would actually be.

10 - The Chosen One

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1 John 4:16

1 John 4:16 We know the love that God has for us, and we trust that love.

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Urban Meyer discusses his future

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Tebow to Help Meyer relax

Hopefully the example Tebow set while recovering from his concussion will be a good a starting place for Coach Meyer.

Tebow and Meyer are very close, and Tebow said he’s confident Meyer will slow down and do what he has to do to regain his health in the coming months.

“He needs to for himself and for his health,” Tebow said. “He needs to take a lot of that burden off and just rejuvenate, just let himself recover and let his heart recover. I think he needs it. Because of that and the love he has for his family, I think he’ll be able to do that and walk away at least for a while and recover. It will be good for him to get away and rejuvenate and get ready to come back. I think it will be good for him.”

Tebow said he also thinks it’s a good thing that offensive coordinator Steve Addazio will be the interim coach in Meyer’s absence.

“I think he’ll do a great job,” Tebow said. “When Coach Meyer told the team (Sunday that he was taking a leave of absence) and he had Coach Addazio walk up in front of the team, it was one of the loudest ovations I’ve been a part of in my entire life. The players probably clapped for three or four minutes and he got emotional. That was one of the coolest parts of the last two days. Everyone is behind him. It’s a rallying cry to do well for Coach Addazio, too. Everyone is behind him 100 percent.”

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"Typical Tim" Great Moment - 10 The Chosen One

We'll be winding down Tebow's final week as a Gator by posting our favorite top 10 "Typical Tim" moments which will be what we consider to be a mix of Tebow's finest moments on and off the field. Our reasoning is that they go hand in hand. Tebow came to national prominence because of his impressive style of play, strength, and victories, but became a pop cultural figure because of his charity work and example off the field. Instead of recounting only his game highlights, we'd like to review the broader impact he has had as both a player and an individual.

No. 10 The Chosen One

Re-watching the Chosen One documentary it is striking how little Tim Tebow has changed as an individual despite the nearly unprecedented college career that he has both achieved and endured. It is also clear how much he has matured - from a soft spoken teenager into a confident man. Below is a list of attributes that were already recognizable in the Chosen One, which have endured until the present:

-his "toughness" as a player
-playing with injuries
-being grounded despite all the attention
-getting the crowd fired up
-being inconsolable after a loss
-all the bracelets
-the mission trip to the Philippines
-rallying his team with "it's our last year!"
-and even being shirtless

And if you want to watch the complete Chosen One documentary:

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

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Carlos Dunlap and Redemption

Excerpt below, full story here.

Anger and gratitude slugged it out between Carlos Dunlap Sr.'s burning ears all the way through the ACE Basin and down I-95.

"My son is 6-6, but I wanted to wring his neck," he said. "But as I got closer to Gainesville (Fla.), I thought about how fortunate I really was. My son hadn't died. I did not have to walk into a hospital to tell someone I had never met before, 'I'm sorry about what happened.' I didn't find my son in a wheelchair."

Maybe you can relate.

Except for the part where millions of dollars are at stake.


Carlos Dunlap

This 20-year-old son, Fort Dorchester High School graduate Carlos Dunlap, weighs 290 pounds. A junior defensive end at Florida, he is unanimously regarded as one of the top pass rushers in college football.

But a DUI arrest in Gainesville in the wee hours of Dec. 1 kept Dunlap out of the Southeastern Conference Championship Game, an unusually hyped mega- showdown with Alabama, and might cost seven figures in NFL bonus money.

ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. dropped Dunlap 14 spots in the first-round of his "Big Board."

Kiper, of course, is assuming Dunlap doesn't stun everyone and return to Florida for his senior season.

"It's a possibility," said Carlos Dunlap Sr., a North Charleston bail bondsman. "It's a 50-50 chance that he will come back. If it was my decision right now, I would say come back. Because we are a very prideful family. We have a tarnished name, somewhat in the eyes of so-called fans. But I really feel there is a distinct possibility he will come back because he feels like he owes his university something."

Redemption plan

Gainesville police arrested Dunlap at 3:25 a.m. near the Florida campus after he "appeared to be asleep," the police report said, at the wheel of a 2000 Chrysler stopped at an intersection. Dunlap has entered a plea of not guilty and the Florida state attorney's office is reviewing the case.

With Dunlap, Florida defeated Alabama in the 2008 SEC title game. The Gators reached the BCS Championship Game and Dunlap was named Defensive Most Valuable Player as Florida beat Oklahoma.

Without Dunlap, No. 1 Florida suffered a lopsided upset loss to Alabama earlier this month.

It might be the thought of coming back that counts. Dunlap has been cleared to play for Florida in its Sugar Bowl game against Cincinnati in New Orleans on Jan. 1. A stellar approach followed by good citizenship through the NFL draft process would probably get Dunlap back into the top 10 list of projected prospects.

Carlos Dunlap, his father and mother, Goodwin Elementary School principal Diane Brown Ross, plan to sit down and evaluate the draft question sometime after the Sugar Bowl.

"It (the DUI arrest) could cost him," Dunlap Sr. said. "But I don't think it can, because this is just an isolated one-time thing. Yes, if he had a track record that looked like a repeat offender, it probably could have cost him. But there are ways you can always redeem yourself. This is not Carlos' senior year. Carlos has another year to go in school. If he decides to come back to school, he can redeem himself and show the kind of character he has.

"But when you look at a 20-year-old child who has never been in trouble, if this is the only thing Carlos has to deal with in life then he is truly blessed."


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The Clash

Sorry, but woke up this morning singing this...

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