1 » Though he is now at Ohio State, former Florida Gators head coach Urban Meyer still obviously has an affinity for quarterback Tim Tebow. Speaking with The Gainesville Sun, Meyer explained how proud he was of what Tebow has been able to accomplish this year. “Isn’t it great?” he said. “He did it in high school, he did it in college and now he’s doing it in the NFL. What more do you want? The thing about Tim is he makes the people around him better. It’s the essence of football. It doesn’t matter what style of offense you run. It’s a team sport.” As to those non-believers? “They just don’t want to buy in,” Meyer said. “Even John Elway. It doesn’t matter if you brought him in if you’re Elway or the general manager. Who cares? Just enjoy it.”
2 » Crossing paths with Tebow during his time in Gainesville, FL, former Gators center Joakim Noah (now of the Chicago Bulls) also waxed poetic about the former Heisman Trophy winner. Just one day before Tebow faced the Chicago Bears, Noah was excited to show his Florida pride at practice. “Timothyyyy!” Noah said proudly, according to ESPNChicago.com. “We got to show Timothy a little love here. For all the haters out there, you know the guy is kicking ass. Making me very proud to be a Gator boy.” He added that, while he may not share the same belief system as Tebow, that does not make him any less of a supporter. “It’s a beautiful story,” he said. “He is who he is. There’s no lie about who he is. He’s comfortable. Me personally, I have completely different beliefs than him. But at the same time I respect the fact that he speaks his truth. He speaks his truth and he’s a warrior. He’s a winner. At the end of the day, his teammates respect that.” Noah went on to talk about the two being in a class together and how, being a “Gator boy” he “love[s] the Tebow talk.”
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3 » Former Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel appeared on FOX & Friends for a few minutes Tuesday morning to (mostly) discuss Tebow but also his battle with Guillain-Barre syndrome and his work with Desire Street Ministries. Asked about Tebow being vilified for being open about his religious beliefs, Wuerffel said, “He himself is just a wonderful person to be around. Anybody that has played with him or knows him loves to be with him. In this day and age, and with this time with all this media that is out there, it’s just very polarizing. He really doesn’t try to draw attention to himself. So much of his response to this ‘Tebowing’ thing – it wasn’t a planned thing at all – he was just thankful for an exciting end, a win, and just got down and prayed.”
4 » Arguably the best signal caller in the NFL today, six-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady of the New England Patriots (the Broncos’ next opponent) told WEEI radio on Monday that he believes Tebow is very much a professional passer and that he was impressed with what he saw from him on Sunday. “Everyone says he struggles throwing the ball. What I saw yesterday, he had no problems throwing the ball. He threw the ball extremely well when I was watching,” he said. “They’re winning a ton of games and he’s playing very well.” Brady called facing Tebow and Denver “a huge test” because the Broncos “play for 60 minutes” and have “obviously closed a lot of games and finished very well.”
5 » Also getting into the Tebow conversation is Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, who recently spoke with ESPN about his new mission – traveling throughout the United States to speak about his Amer-I-Can Program and helping retired athletes. Brown said he was proud of how Tebow has played recently and the way he ignores critics. “I think what Tebow has done is totally embrace the fact that he’s big and strong and he wants to win and if he has to run he’s going to run. And when he has to pass, he’s going to try to hit a pass. And so he’s the epitome of a guy playing football that doesn’t fit what people talk about, but he fits winning because he doesn’t turn the ball over and he’ll use his legs as an offensive weapon,” he said. “[Tebow’s] also a great kid. He has his religious beliefs, he doesn’t let anyone influence him, and he’s working to be better — but he’s not going to give up his legs (laughs). I think [Michael] Vick should take note of that and understand how to use his legs and use Tebow as an example.”
6 » Responding to Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher’s backhanded compliment to Tebow (in which he called him “a good running back”), ESPN NFL analyst and former QB Steve Young called Urlacher out for being disrespectful and a sore loser. “I thought it was so cheap of Brian Urlacher after the game [to say] we lost to a running back,” Young said. “To me, he did it to you. He Tebowed you. Just take it like a man and walk away. You lost your shot.”