Timothy Richard "Tim" Tebow, born August 14, 1987, in the Philippines, is an American football quarterback for the Florida Gators.
Tebow was born in the Philippines to parents who were serving as Christian missionaries at the time. The Tebows later moved to Jacksonville, Florida where Tim played linebacker and tight end at the local Trinity Christian Academy for one season.
Tebow's performance as a quarterback soon began to turn some heads. He became the first college football player to both rush and pass for 20 touchdowns in a season and was the first underclassman to win the Heisman Trophy.
Tebow played quarterback for Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, where he became a Division I-A recruit and ranked among the top quarterback prospects in the nation as a senior.
Tebow, being a dual threat quarterback adept at rushing and passing the football, was used in his freshman season largely as a change of pace to the Gators' more traditional quarterback, Chris Leak. His contribution in the 2006 college football season was as a key reserve that helped the Gators win college football's national championship game for the first time since 1996.
As a sophomore in the 2007 season, he became the Gators' starting quarterback and broke the Southeastern Conference records for both rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns accounted for in a single season.
In addition to the Heisman Trophy, his performance in 2007 also earned him the Maxwell Award as the nation's top football player, the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's best quarterback, and the James E. Sullivan Award as the nation's most outstanding amateur athlete in any sport.
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