FOUR BITS: Tebow, Haslem, Nelson, Dorsey

By Adam Silverstein
June 10, 2010

1 » On Tuesday, OGGOA tweeted a picture of former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow handing a football off to a kid that got some of our female followers pretty riled up. It appears that picture was taken from a Broncos Bunch kids club event that Tebow participated in over the weekend. The Denver Broncos rookie threw passes to and took pictures with a bunch of children – not all of whom were Broncos fans. “Gator nation really is everywhere,” Tebow told CBS4 in Denver, CO. “It’s great to be out here and to play with these kids, to meet the parents and just be here in the stadium. It really is humbling to have people supporting me and to have fans. It really does mean a lot. […] It’s just an opportunity to come out here, throw balls, take some pictures, hang out with people, get a chance to make a kid smile or a family smile and – it’s more important than winning games, when you really look at it.”

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Three more BITS on the futures of Udonis Haslem, David Nelson and Demar Dorsey.

2 » Former Gators forward Udonis Haslem may not be a premier NBA free agent, but the Miami Heat are trying to keep him in South Florida just the same. More than 200 Heat employees and family members shocked Haslem on Wednesday when they appeared at his home in Southwest Ranches for a surprise birthday party. Haslem, who has played his entire career in Florida, would certainly like to remain with the Heat next season but may be expendable depending on who Miami brings in to play alongside Dwyane Wade. Also a free agent this year is former Florida forward David Lee, who would like to stay with the New York Knicks but will likely end up elsewhere.

3 » Former Gators wide receiver David Nelson signed a free agent contract with the Buffalo Bills after not being selected in the 2010 NFL Draft. Though his statistics at Florida were not overtly impressive, his size and speed are giving the Bills reason to think he will make the team and not wind up on the practice squad. “A lot of people look at my numbers and say, ‘You didn’t have that productive of a career,’” Nelson told The Buffalo News. “I look at it the opposite. We won two national championships, two SEC championships. We won three BCS bowl games and won four bowl games overall while I was there. I was a 17-18 game starter for a two-time national champion, the No. 1 team in the nation. You can’t ask for more than that. […] We had Percy Harvin, Andre Caldwell, Louis Murphy. We had guys who are all-pro receivers, rookie-of-the-year receivers at Florida. There’s only one ball, and those are some amazing players, so you can’t be selfish. I had to do the most I could, and I did that.” Nelson also spoke about Tebow, speaking with head coach Chan Gailey and much more.

4 » Safety Demar Dorsey, a five-star recruit who was previously committed to Florida before being forced to find a fit elsewhere, was released from his letter of intent with the Michigan Wolverines on Wednesday and is now hoping to catch on with another program. Rumored to have high levels of interest in Dorsey were the Florida State Seminoles and the Louisville Cardinals, but a report from the Orlando Sentinel states that the Seminoles do not want to bring him in. Will former Gators defensive coordinator Charlie Strong, now the Cardinals head coach, take a risk on a player who has been denied by both Florida and Michigan, or will Dorsey wind up elsewhere?


  1. npgator says:

    I think Coach Strong should take him if he knows him well enough. This kid seems like his problems were quite awhile ago and he sure can play.

  2. ReptilesRule says:

    Typical Tim Tebow.

  3. Mr2Bits says:

    Just another day for Tim.

  4. brlgator says:

    Nelson blocks well and can play on special teams he should catch on (pun intended) somewhere or with a practice squad

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