The Swamp will be raucous on Saturday not just for the critical SEC showdown between the No. 22 Florida Gators and the No. 5 LSU Tigers but also because of a long-awaited moment.
During the first quarter break, Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow will become the sixth Florida Gator inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor.
Tebow’s name will live on in the rafters alongside linebacker Wilber Marshall, running back Emmitt Smith, 1966 Heisman winner/ legendary Gators coach Steve Spurrier, 1996 Heisman winner Danny Wuerffel and defensive end Jack Youngblood.
For a program with history as rich as Florida, the induction is quite the accolade for Tebow.
When you revisit his impact, it’s easy to see why this was a virtual lock.
— Florida Gators (@FloridaGators) September 29, 2018
Tebow posted a 35-6 record in four seasons (2006-09) as a Gator, posting an SEC-record 170.8 career pass efficiency rating. Tebow finished his collegiate career with 28 school records, 14 conference marks and five NCAA records according to ESPN.com.
Tebow guided the Gators to national championships in 2006 and 2008 during the BCS era.
The 2008 national title team will also be honored on the 10-year anniversary of the accomplishment.
Gators vs. Tigers!@TimTebow inducted to Ring of Honor!
2008 National Championship team reunion!
— Scott Stricklin (@ScottStricklin) October 1, 2018
Tebow explains why the recognition is so humbling to him.
“It’s definitely a huge honor and it really means a lot. I think it means even more to me because my mom and dad went here, my two siblings went here, my grandad had dreams of one day to see Florida win an SEC championship,” Tebow said to GatorSports.com. “He died before that happened.”
Tebow is looking forward to the possibility of a heartwarming future.
“All those things make it more meaningful. That was his dream and one day maybe I’ll get to bring my grandkids to the stadium,” Tebow said to GatorSports.com. “But I think that’s more about the nostalgia of it than the moment.”