Ill Tebow has to skip event for fans

Tebow's dad says the quarterback will be fine for today's Senior Bowl game.


South Team quarterback Tim Tebow during practice for the 2010 Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.,Thursday, January 28, 2010.

Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 29, 2010 at 9:36 p.m.

MOBILE, Ala. - Former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, who has drawn a crowd wherever he's gone this week at the Senior Bowl, did not show up for Friday's Meet the Players event because he was not feeling well.

Tebow, however, is expected to play in today's Senior Bowl game.

"He'll be fine in time for the game," said his father, Bob Tebow.

Tebow started getting sick Jan. 23 and needed a doctor's care Monday night after he developed a 103-degree fever. He was diagnosed with strep throat.

Despite his illness, Tebow has not missed any practice time this week.

When he was asked Tuesday if there was any doubt he would practice, Tebow smiled and said, "Absolutely not."

Tebow has played through sickness and injury before in his UF career.

This past season, he played in the Kentucky game after having flu-like symptoms the morning before. He sustained a concussion in that game but returned two weeks later (following a bye week) to play against LSU. He played with a shoulder injury through the first half of the 2008 season.

Tebow is one of three quarterbacks on the South team. Miami Dolphins' coach Tony Sparano, the South head coach, said Tebow will share playing time today with West Virginia's Jarrett Brown and Oklahoma State's Zac Robinson. Sparano said he has not decided on a starter yet.

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