FOUR BITS: Tebow, prayer, Dungy, UAA donations

By Adam Silverstein
April 1, 2010

1 » NFL.com senior analyst Pat Kirwan takes a look at which NFL teams have former Florida Gators quarterback Tebow in their sights and where he may be able to find an ideal situation. Simultaneously, senior columnist Vic Carucci calls the Buffalo Bills a great landing spot for the former Heisman Trophy winner.

2 » Pro Football Talk reported that Tebow received from verbal harassment for asking his colleagues to pray before the Wonderlic exam at the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine. Tebow called the story’s author shortly after its posting to dispute the entire account. Now former Brigham Young Cougars QB Max Hall, who was in the session with Tebow, corroborates his denial. “Yeah, I heard about that report,” Hall told The Salt Lake Tribune. “It didn’t happen. I sat right next to Tim the whole time, and he didn’t say anything at all about praying. It’s totally not true. Not at all.”

NFL analyst Tony Dungy speaks on Tebow and the University Athletic Association makes a huge donation to the University of Florida…after the break!

3 » Former NFL head coach Tony Dungy is one analyst who has been squarely in Tebow’s corner since day one. Dungy spoke more about Tebow on Thursday to The Tampa Tribune. “Tim Tebow has to get into a situation where they are willing to build an offense around his strength, and that’s going to be something a little different,” Dungy said. “Quarterbacking is a lot more than throwing the ball accurately and arm strength. Quarterbacking is leading, its decision-making, it’s processing information and it’s handling pressure.”

4 » Though some critics lambaste the University of Florida for the high salaries it pays head football coach Urban Meyer and head basketball coach Billy Donovan, the University Athletic Association flies under the radar for the contributions it makes back to the school. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the UAA (which is self-governed and not on the UF payroll) is donating a record $6 million to the university for the second-straight year. The UAA, which contributed an average north of $2 million per year since 1990, tripled its donations due to an increase in revenue (television contracts, titles) and the school’s need for funding after budget cuts and layoffs.

Photo Credit: John Raoux/Associated Press

3 Comments

  1. Mark01 says:

    It’s great to be a Florida Gator

  2. Gatormiami says:

    I agree with Mark! Feel sorry for detractors who aren’t.

  3. ReptilesRule says:

    Awesome job by the UAA and Jeremy Foley.

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