Tim Tebow, one of the most productive and popular players in Florida football history, is joining the school’s all-time greats in UF’s Ring of Honor this fall, the school announced Wednesday.
Tebow will be inducted into the Ring of Honor at the Oct. 6 LSU game in The Swamp, when his name will be unveiled and displayed in the North End Zone. He will join the five others already in the Ring of Honor — Wilber Marshall, Emmitt Smith, Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel and Jack Youngblood.
“I am so humbled and thankful to be able to receive this blessing, being inducted into the Ring of Honor,” Tebow said in a statement released by UF. “I know in my heart that I truly couldn’t have done it without amazing coaches and teammates who loved and sacrificed for each other so that we could accomplish our goals.
“Loving Florida wasn’t just something I did for four years, but it has been a lifelong passion. I want to thank the University of Florida and all the fans for making Gator Nation so special. I was born a Gator, I played as a Gator, and I’ll always be a Gator!
“God Bless and Go Gators!”
Many consider Tebow the greatest player in UF history. He helped lead the Gators to two national championships and he won the Heisman Trophy in 2007. He is one of the most decorated players in college football history.
In his four-year UF career, Tebow threw for 9,285 yards and 88 touchdowns and rushed for 2,947 yards and 57 touchdowns.
The Ring of Honor was established in 2006 and unveiled on Sept. 30 of that year as part of the 100-year celebration of Gator football.
Smith, Spurrier, Wuerffel and Youngblood were part of the original unveiling. Marshall was the most recent inductee in 2007.