From Jacksonville.com, a GateHouse Media publication
Remember when some fans wanted to see Tim Tebow in a Jaguars uniform? That didn’t happen. But now the Jaguars have another No. 15 — one who grew up rooting for Tebow.
“I was a big Florida fan,” Gardner Minshew said. “Liked Tim Tebow.”
We present to you, a tale of the tape between Tebow and Gardner Minshew:
Tebow: Makati City, Philippines
Minshew: Flowood, Miss.
Tebow: Aug. 14, 1987 (32)
Minshew: May 16, 1996 (23)
Tebow: Timothy Richard Tebow
Minshew: Gardner Flint Minshew II, though his grandfather wanted to name him Beowulf
Tebow: 22 out of 50, reportedly
Tebow: 2010, 1st round, 25th overall, Broncos
Minshew: 2019, 6th round, 178 overall, Jaguars
Tebow: 6 feet 3 inches
Minshew: 6 feet 1 inches
Tebow: 255 pounds
Minshew: 220 pounds
Tebow: 4.8 million
Twitter header photo
Tebow: Ad for his book, “This is the Day”
Minshew: Adapting a picture from “Talladega Nights” of Will Ferrell driving a car with a cougar in the front seat, Minshew (in white headband) instead shares the seat with a big Jaguar
Gardner Minshew now has this photo as his twitter header, I’m not sure how this thread can get any betterpic.twitter.com/WOASvkAb9d
— Nic Duch (@nic_duch8)September 10, 2019
Tebow: None that stuck
Minshew: The Mississippi Mustache
Tebow: fitted hat
Minshew: cool headband
Tebow: Devout Christian
Minshew: References God on Twitter
Pop culture doppelganger
Minshew: Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite/Ben Stiller in Dodgeball
— Tyler Zupan (@tzupes)September 11, 2019
Tebow: University of Florida
Minshew: Troy University, Northwest Mississippi Community College, Eastern Carolina University, Washington State.
End zone celebration
Tebow: A kneel that became known as “Tebowing”
Minshew: Varied but enthusiastic, according to college highlights.
Tebow: 2006 and 2008 BCS national championships at Florida
Minshew: 2015 Junior College national championship at Northwest Mississippi Community College
Tebow: Won in 2007, 3rd in 2008, 5th in 2009
Minshew: 5th in 2018
Tebow: Manly stubble.
Minshew: Famous mustache.
— Andrew Gibson (@1010XLAG)April 27, 2019
Tebow: Pledged to abstain until marriage
Minshew: Probably didn’t pledge to abstain until marriage
Tebow: Though Gators are known for them, he insisted, “I do not own a pair of jorts.”
Minshew: Yes. Short ones. Borderline Daisy Duke status.
— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR)April 5, 2019
Tebow: Engaged to 2017 Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters.
Minshew: For the sake of all his new Twitter followers, single, we hope.
Tebow: His 2008 ‘Promise speech:’ “I promise you one thing, a lot of good will come out of this.”
Minshew: Quoting Denzel Washington in Remember The Titans, “I don’t scratch my head unless it itches and I don’t dance unless I hear some music. I will not be intimidated. That’s just the way it is.”
Tebow: You can rearrange the letters in Timothy Tebow to spell “Met With Booty.”
Minshew: You can rearrange the letters in Gardner Minshew to spell “Grins When Armed.”
After the NFL
Tebow: baseball, broadcasting, philanthropy and public speaking
Minshew: hopes to become a coach
NFL completion percentage
College completion percentage
Steve Spurrier connection
Tebow: both won Heisman Trophies at Florida.
Minshew: Spurrier’s son was receivers coach at Washington State. The Head Ball Coach attended a game and wanted to congratulate Minshew afterward. But Minshew tells the story about how he was doing a stretching routine, wearing just his jockstrap, shades and headband. Spurrier looked at Minshew and said to his son, “Just tell him I said good game.”
As a recruit
Tebow: 5 stars, No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in 2006, No. 21 overall prospect
Minshew: 3 stars, No. 70 pro-style quarterback, No. 1,837 overall prospect
Al Gaspeny, Emily Bloch, Mark Woods, Matt Soergel and Tom Szaroleta contributed to this report.