The Heisman Trophy, one of the most prestigious individual achievement awards in American sports, was given to an underclassman for the first time in its history today. The Florida Gators’ sophomore quarterback, Tim Tebow, took home the honors, defying tradition and precedence along the way.
Tebow had tough competition: Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan (gag me), and Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel all had to sit back and watch tonight as their hopes for taking home the fabled trophy were dashed by the son of a preacher man.
Did Tebow really deserve it? After all, this is college football; tradition means everything. In addition, Tebow’s Gators finished 9-3 overall (5-3 in conference play), failing to be invited to a noteworthy bowl game.
In short, it would have been a travesty to deny Tebow the Heisman trophy. You can toss tradition out the window, and Florida could have easily been 12-0 if things had gone just a bit differently for them. Tebow had an amazing year.
3,132 Passing Yards – 29 TDS – 6 INT
838 Rushing Yards – 22 TDS – No Fumbles Lost
I’m no Gator fan, but I have to give the guy his due. He was the best player in the country. Now we just have to see if Coach Urban Meyer can manage to pull his Gators together to be the best team in the country in 2008 and 2009.
And for those of you who aren’t sports fans: civil rights icon Andrew Young says that Bill Clinton has “probably gone with more black women than Barack (Obama).”