Florida quarterback Tim Tebow’s numbers are down from a year ago, and he seems to be doing a slow fade in the Heisman race despite leading an undefeated and top-ranked team.
While others may be worrying about Tebow’s Heisman chances, he is not. He made it clear Monday that his focus is on something else. Like winning the next three games and having a chance to play for the national championship for the third time in his four seasons at UF.
“(The Heisman) is not something I really think about or care about,” Tebow said. “When (the Heisman talk) comes on TV, I usually turn the channel and don’t worry about it. Winning the Heisman Trophy is very special. It’s a huge award, very prestigious, very humbling. But it compares zero to winning a national championship or an SEC championship.
“That’s what you train for. That’s what you battle for every day in practice and in the weight room on your own or with your teammates for the last four years. That’s what you train for. You don’t train for winning the Heisman Trophy. That’s something that just comes from being blessed with a lot of guys on our team that help your out and make me look a lot better than I am. Winning a championship is what’s truly special.”
Tebow admitted that being the competitor he is, he was disappointed he didn’t win last year’s Heisman once he got to New York. But, he said it wouldn’t bother him even if he doesn’t even receive an invitation to this year’s ceremony.
“That’s not something I’m really worried about right now or thinking about,” Tebow said. “I get to play FIU and then FSU for my last game in The Swamp. Then the University of Alabama (in the SEC title game). I’m focused on those games.
“You know what, if we win those games, I won’t be too discouraged if I don’t go to New York for that. That’s my focus right now. It would be OK (if i didn’t go to New York).”