Heisman Trophy Winner Under Center for God
December 23, 2007 at 11:39 pm
Tim Tebow took a few deep breaths, steadied himself, then plowed through his Heisman Trophy acceptance speech much the same way he takes on tacklers — fast and furious.
In rapid fire, Florida’s sophomore quarterback thanked everyone he could think of, some of them twice. When it came time to take hold of the 25-pound bronze statue, he looked as if he wasn’t sure whether he should run with the prize or throw it. He does both so well.
Florida’s folk-hero quarterback with the rugged running style and magnetic personality became the first sophomore to win the Heisman on Saturday night.
“I am fortunate, fortunate for a lot of things,” Tebow said. “God truly blessed me and this just adds on. It’s an honor. I’m so happy to be here.”
Homeschooled by missionary parents who run an orphanage in the Philippines, Tebow took advantage of a Florida state law to play for Nease, about 90 miles from the University of Florida campus.
Tebow has worked and preached at his parents’ orphanage since he was 15. He regularly speaks at schools and delivered his message of faith at a prison in Florida earlier this year.
“Tim Tebow is the real American hero,” said Tebow’s high school football coach, Craig Howard. “He’s the real deal.”
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