WATCH: Tim Tebow gives post-game speech to Florida after being inducted into Ring of Honor

By Adam Silverstein
October 7, 2018
WATCH: Tim Tebow gives post-game speech to Florida after being inducted into Ring of Honor

For just the sixth time in the history of the Florida Gators football program, a was inducted into the Ring of Honor that surrounds Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Quarterback Tim Tebow, the greatest player in program history, took his spot among his peers after the first quarter of Saturday’s 27-19 win over LSU when Florida inducted him into the exclusive club with a plaque in the north end zone of the stadium.

The Heisman Trophy winner and two-time national champion could not help but smile as he was inducted into the Ring of Honor on Saturday. Over his four-year UF career, Tebow completed 66.4 percent of his passes for 9,285 yards with 88 passing touchdowns to just 16 interceptions, all while carrying the ball 692 times for 2,947 yards with 57 touchdowns on the ground. In addition to scoring 145 total touchdowns, going 3-1 in bowl games and posting an 11-1 record against rivals Florida State, Georgia and Tennessee, Tebow was a three-time Heisman finalist who won nearly every award available to him. He went 26-2 in his final two years as a starter (35-6 overall as a starter, 48-7 combined in his four years) and also made a lasting impact in Gators history with the historic “Promise” speech following Florida’s lone loss to Ole Miss in 2008 on its way to a national title season.

Tebow joined linebacker Wilber Marshall, running back Emmitt Smith, quarterback Steve Spurrier, quarterback Danny Wuerffel and defensive end Jack Youngblood as the sixth member of the Ring of Honor. He was the first to be inducted since 2007, the second year of its existence after the Ring of Honor debuted in 2006, due to the extremely strict criteria the Gators have on the exclusive group

After Florida’s big win over LSU, it’s first victory over a top-five opponent in three seasons, Tebow joined head coach Dan Mullen and the rest of the Gators in the locker room. He delivered a short speech to the team apparently playing off a theme Mullen used a few minutes earlier and then led Florida in its fight song, a staple of the program when Mullen was previously in town under Urban Meyer.

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