Gator Boys: Joakim Noah believes in Tim Tebow

By Adam Silverstein
December 18, 2009

Chicago Bulls forward/center Joakim Noah is an unabashed Florida Gators fan. Considering he is a two-time National Champion who stayed in school an extra year (even with the potential to be the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft) because he loved Gainesville, FL, so much and wanted to play another year with the Oh-Fours, Noah’s fandom should not be a surprise to anyone.

ESPN Chicago’s Nick Friedel caught up with Noah before the 2009 SEC Championship game two weeks ago and spoke with him about a number of Gator-centric topics. For OGGOA‘s purposes, we found his answer to a question about senior quarterback Tim Tebow to be the most interesting. Friedel asked Noah, “Could [Tebow] play basketball if he wanted to?”

“I think he could play anything he wants,” Noah replied. “People always say that Tebow won’t be a pro quarterback and there’s a lot of doubters, but I think that his character’s going to get him through so much. And I think he’s going to become a very good quarterback in the NFL when he’s done with anything. Because of his character and what he’s made of. He’s not going to let go. He’s going to just keep fighting until he reaches his ultimate goal. I think that character means a lot in sports and I think that people underestimate that a lot. And I think that he got it.”

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