Tim Tebow is one of the most well-known former NFL players. His notoriety stemmed not only from his impressive career or seemingly sudden switch to baseball, but also from his outspoken faith. Now, the athlete is being recognized in a more permanent way.
ESPN announced on Thursday that Tim Tebow will be inducted into the Florida Hall of Fame. He will be inducted in the 2017 class with football player Warrick Dunn, baseball player Chipper Jones, and golfers Tim Finchem and Coleen Walter.
The Florida Sports Hall of Fame President, Barry Smith, made a statement about the class of inductees.
He said, "Without question, this is one of the most talented, eclectic and accomplished classes in Florida Sports Hall of Fame history. The contributions these individuals have made within their chosen sport, to their communities, the nation and indeed on a worldwide stage, demand recognition, and we are honored to welcome them as the newest members of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame."
Tebow is being recognized specifically for his impressive college career at the University of Florida. The athlete appeared in two BCS National Championship-winning games during his 2006 and 2008 seasons. In 2007, Tebow was the Gators' starting quarterback.
Following his 2007 season, Tebow became the first sophomore in college history to win the Heisman Trophy. In 2008, the star player was named the offensive MVP of the national championship game. By the end of his college career, he held the Southeastern Conference all-time records in passing efficiency and total rushing touchdowns.
After his college career, Tebow was selected by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the NFL draft. After two seasons with them, he was traded to the New York Jets. After his 2012 season, Tebow played in the preseason with the New England Patriots and then two years later with the Philadelphia Eagles. Neither panned out into actual playing time.
Finally, in 2016, Tebow announced that he would switch sports. He signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets.
Throughout his career, he has been recognized for his respectable character and unwavering faith. Now, he will be recognized for his athleticism.
Tebow and the other four athletes will be inducted on November 8 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
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