Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow was born in Makati City, Philippines but was raised in Florida. He played for Allen D. Nease High School in St. Johns County, despite being homeschooled by his parents. As a junior, Tebow was named Florida Player of the Year and in his senior season led Nease to a state title, earning All-American honors and being named Florida High School Player of the Year once again.

Tebow then remained in the state to play at the University of Florida, where he was the backup to Chris Leak. Despite being the backup, Tebow played a prominent role in the Gators’ 2006 National Title run, as he was second on the team in rushing yards and accounted for two touchdowns in the National Title Game.

In 2007, Tebow passed for 3,286 yards with 32 touchdowns through the air and only six interceptions, while adding another 895 yards and 23 touchdowns on the ground. His outstanding numbers earned him All-American honors, as well as the prestigious Maxwell Award.

In 2008, Tebow combined his outstanding leadership skills and individual numbers to take the Gators even further. Despite a decreased workload, Tebow still managed to pass for 2,747 yards, 30 passing touchdowns, 673 rushing yards and another 12 rushing touchdowns, breaking Emmitt Smith’s previous Florida record. Tebow took the Gators to the 2009 National Championship game, where they defeated the Oklahoma Sooners 24-14 to capture Tebow’s second national title. Tebow’s outstanding year earned him a second Maxwell Award, making him only the second player to ever repeat as winner.

In 2009 Tebow led the Gators to a 13-1 record, their only blemish coming to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. He threw for 2,895 yards and recorded 35 total touchdowns.

The Denver Broncos selected Tebow with the 25th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. After limited playing time his rookie season, Tebow led the Broncos to a playoff berth and their first playoff victory since 2005 during the 2011 season. After the Broncos signed Peyton Manning in 2012, Tebow was traded to the Jets. He was then signed by the Patriots and is now a free agent.

Award Profile

Winner: The Maxwell Award - 2007, 2008

University of Florida