Although his parents have counted Florida-Georgia as the school's biggest rivalry, Tebow relishes the game against the Seminoles since the game often played a pivotal role in the national championship aspirations of both schools during the time he grew up as a Gator fan. It's no surprise, then, that former Gator quarterback and 1996 Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel is Tebow's role model, both on and off the field.
"I saw how he treated people and learned to treat everyone how I wanted to be treated," Tebow said. "He was such a positive role model both on the field, academically and spiritually and would always make time for people by signing autographs, taking pictures with them ... ."
For Tebow, staying spiritually grounded includes leading a Bible study in his apartment on Sunday nights. Attended mostly by fellow football players, Tebow said the athletes "spend time talking about the Lord."
Although Mac Brunson, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, has not known Tebow very long, he is impressed with the joy and humility that marks the young man.
"I really think that he has a heart full of joy," Brunson told the Witness. "He's always smiling. He always seems to be upbeat."
Tebow's commitment to the church was illustrated in July when he played Goliath opposite a six-year-old boy as David in the church's children's musical. "I think he just got a kick out of doing that with those children," Brunson said.
"When I think of Tim, I think of a young man who is incredibly talented, who is sharp academically and is deep spiritually and is humble in all of it," Brunson added.
Asked by the Witness how Christians can pray for him, Tebow said that although it would be "great" if people prayed for him, "there are many other things in the world to focus upon today, especially in their own families."
Tebow added, "I am no different than anyone else in the room, despite what people may think, because I am a Gator football player. It is important for each person to sit down and be honest about making priorities and being true to themselves."
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