Quarterback Tim Tebow of the University of Florida Gators was selected by the Denver Broncos with the 25th selection of the first round of the NFL draft. The Broncos traded a host of lower round picks to obtain a second selection in the first-round. The Broncos top choice was used to select Georgia Tech's Demaryius Thomas, brought in to solve a highly critical need at wide receiver. Thomas was selected with the 22nd overall pick.
Clearly the Denver coaching staff were excited to make the selection, and believe the athletic Tebow will make a valuable contribution to their football team. NFL talent scouts have been slow to embrace the highly physical and tough minded competitor, largely due to his unorthodox throwing style and lack of experience in running plays out of a pro-style offense. Tebow's mechanics and throwing motion were dissected repetitively in the weeks leading up to the draft, but the scrutiny has not soured the young athlete.
"I loved it, because it was so much football," Tebow said. "I enjoyed that. I enjoyed the working process and all the critics and negativity, it only pushed me that much more and made me work that much harder. I can honestly say that I think that made me better.
"I think that was a positive thing for me, to be honest with you. I believed in myself. I believed in the people that are around me and supporting me. I thank my quarterback coaches, for the work they put in, in constantly getting better," Tebow said.
Tim Tebow has shown himself to be an admirable young man, and he will remain so in my mind regardless of what happens at the professional level.
I have never been a Florida fan. Quite the opposite in fact, with my affections going to rivals LSU, Georgia and Auburn. The Gators under Steve Spurrier, and later under Urban Meyer just drove me crazy. There was always a nervous excitement in watching teams I supported play Florida, and from time to time they got the better of the Gators. But more often then not with Tebow at the helm, it was Florida that was handing out the hurt.
I wish Tim Tebow all the success in the world.