Former Florida Gator quarterback Tim Tebow had one of the most impressive and talked-about careers in collegiate sports history. Since his career ended with an MVP performance in a 51-24 victory by the Gators over the Cincinnati Bearcats in the 2010 Sugar Bowl, Tebow has turned into one of the more controversial and talked-about NFL Draft prospects in the league’s history.
Few doubt his leadership abilities or character, but questions abound regarding his on-field future. Tebow is determined to prove that he can play quarterback at the next level. He’s even working on changing his throwing motion and taking snaps from center to better fit the NFL game.
Those revamped skills will be on display at his pro day on March 17 as well as in private workouts for the Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks. He will surely interview well, but that’s probably irrelevant at this point. Based on recent events, Tebow is looking like the anti-Ben Roethlisberger. Time will tell if that’s a good or bad thing for his career.
Tim Tebow joined Lamm at Large on WJXL in Jacksonville to discuss Urban Meyer, his throwing motion, playing for Jacksonville, his NFL favorite team growing up, and parents proposing to him on behalf of their daughters.
On the pre-draft experience:
“It’s been a lot of what I expected. I had a lot of people giving me advice leading up to the hype and the combine and everything that’s going on, so I kind of knew what to expect. But it still has been a whirlwind. It’s been a lot of fun. It’s been something that I’ve dreamed of for a long time. It’s something that I’ve enjoyed. It really hasn’t been something I stressed out over or overwhelmed me. It’s been a whirlwind, but a lot of fun.”
On changes he is making to throwing motion:
“I think it’s just being as quick as possible and taking out as much slack in my release as possible. Instead of kind of having a little drop in my throwing motion it’s really trying to eliminate that drop in my motion like I have done pretty efficiently. It’s something I’ve worked on a lot and feel really good about. Sometime it’s half a second and sometimes it could be quarter of a second. It’s not a lot of time, but that little bit could be the difference between a touchdown or a fumble or the ball getting batted down. It does make a difference and is something I feel I can get better at and have gotten better at.”
On whether he would like to play in Jacksonville:
“I would. It’s here at home and I would enjoy that. I have been a Jaguar fan my whole life. I have enjoyed being here in my hometown and watching the Jaguars play and getting an opportunity to play for them would be a blessing for me and a privilege for me to be able to stay in my hometown and play here.”
On his favorite NFL team growing up:
“My favorite team growing up was the Dallas Cowboys. I was a huge Emmitt Smith fan because he was a Gator and an awesome running back. So I was a huge Cowboy fan. After he left, it died down from there. I have only had three jerseys in my entire life: Emmitt Smith, Danny Wuerffel and Michael Jordan.”
On Urban Meyer’s leave of absence:
“He needs to keep resting and being with his family. He’s enjoying it. He’s had a little time to get away. And we’re still talking pretty much every day. He’s doing great and feeling better. He’s going to get back and have a great season and Florida is going to dominate. Their going to do great. I’m just happy that he’s feeling better and that he’s there for his family and that he’s been able to just relax and let his stress levels die down a little bit. He’ll absolutely be back and he’ll be involved. He’s going to be hands on working with the guys. He’ll be there for a lot of the stuff in the spring and in the summer. Florida should have a great year.”
And on how many marriage proposals he has received:
“We’ve gotten quite a handful of marriage proposals. Mostly from parents though (wanting to marry their daughters).”