At SEC Media Days in Birmingham in late July, the biggest story of the week became Steve Spurrier’s perceived slight of Tim Tebow. Spurrier left the All-America quarterback off his preseason All-SEC ballot, and it mushroomed into national news.
How could one Florida Heisman-winning quarterback leave another Florida Heisman-winning quarterback off his ballot? Everyone pounced on the story.
It became a real controversy, with Spurrier standing up at the podium and apologizing when he arrived at the event the following day. Spurrier explained that someone else filled out his ballot and he failed to see that Jevan Snead got his vote at quarterback. Spurrier said when he realized the mistake, he called the SEC office and had it corrected, with Tebow getting his vote.
It was very surreal watching the former head ball coach stumble his way through all this.
At the time, many were figuring this would give Tebow great motivation when Florida played South Carolina this season.
But Tebow said Monday that’s not the case at all.
“I kind of just laughed that off when it happened,” Tebow said. “It was kind of funny. It blew up into a big deal, but I never looked at it like a big deal. It’s not going to give me any extra motivation this week.”
Tebow said he feels a kinship with Spurrier. The two both won the Heisman playing quarterback for the Gators, and Tebow grew up a huge fan of Spurrier’s UF teams in the 1990s.
“There is some sort of special relationship there,” Tebow said. “We don’t talk. We say, ‘Hey’ after the game. We talked a few times at the Heisman (ceremony the past two years). We have a lot of respect for each other. I think there is something that’s cool about what we’ve done, and our relationship.”