Tim Tebow: Can College Football Stand To Lose This Player?

John ChisholmContributor IJanuary 2, 2010

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 12: Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators speaks to the media during a press conference following the 75th Heisman Trophy announcement at the Marriott Marquis on December 12, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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I know what you are thinking. Yeah, just another story about Tim Tebow.


Well, for the most part you are correct.


I am a lifelong, through and through, Alabama fan who has tremendous respect for this young man. I don't plan on boring you with stats, because if I started listing stats and records, this article would turn into a short novel, so I am just going to give a few points or recollections and give Tebow the respect he deserves.


I do remember his recruiting when Coach Mike Shula seemed to have somewhat of a chance of getting Tebow to come to Alabama. I watched a high school game on ESPN, thinking that it was Hoover High School vs Nease High School, and remember thinking to myself, “What a talented young Quarterback."


Soon after, he chose to play at Florida, and the time since has been nothing short of incredible.


Tebow is a player who seems to make everyone around him better. He can plug energy into a whole team, and he can also put the team on his back and carry it if need be.


In my lifetime, I remember some great athletes like Bo Jackson, one of the best if not the best running backs to play the college game, Herschel Walker, another phenomenal running back, and Derrick Thomas, a great linebacker. I am sure there are plenty of others who you and I both can recall, but giving all these great players the respect they deserve, none of these, in my opinion, had the same impact on College Football as Tim Tebow.


He is without a doubt one of the best all around College Football players to ever play the game, if for nothing else than through the way in which he plays the game, not to mention the way he lives his life off the field, since he is as good of a person as you can find anywhere. His name is known immediately in any town and in any state in this great nation without a pause.


Not only is Florida losing the greatest to probably ever wear that uniform, but College Football is also losing one of the greatest to ever play the game.


You hear other teams fans in the SEC say, “We are glad he’s gone." From a competition standpoint, most likely they are right. Teams know when you line up against him, your outcome is not usually the way you like it.


But is College Football ready for this exit?  Well, it looks that it has no choice. Bama fan or not, when the dust settles, I for one will miss watching him.


I am sure this will not reach Tim’s ear, but I for one, being a College Football fan, want to say Thank You Tim…. And God Bless.