, Florida (PressExposure) June 22, 2009 -- Florida football has been making history as of late. Tim Tebow, the phenomenal quarterback literally has been etched in history and he's not even through. The University of Florida's athletic department has carved in stone the promise-speech Tebow gave after their one loss of last season before going on to win yet another inspiring BCS national championship over the powerhouse offensive team Oklahoma Sooners. It was a speech that will be remembered in many people's minds but just in case, it's permanently carved in stone of the new football complex. If there has ever been one, Tebow and his Florida Gators could truly be the team of destiny this year.
Tim Tebow's speech was more of a statement but whatever you may call it, it's the kind of thing that deserves to be remembered. It started out as an apology to the fans of the University of Florida and then a promise that the loss to Ole Miss was not in vain, that something would be learned and that no other player in college football would work any harder or push his team any harder than him. It was inspirational obviously to the team but seems to deserve a little more attention now that they have been undefeated since then and have brought home another BCS championship.
Earlier in the speech he referred to his personal desire to go undefeated, that it was one of the team's goals, and that was a reason to apologize. Any team that sees itself as that caliber of team has the capability to go down in the history books. Since that speech they have been undefeated and since Tebow is back again, this could be the year that Florida goes undefeated for the first time in school history. If they do, the promise speech from Tim Tebow could "take on a life of its own," as Vern Lundquist has already said.
Coach Urban Meyer has somewhat downplayed the speech saying that there were a lot of players on this championship team that stepped up as leaders and of course, he is right. Meyer will have many of those leaders back for this season which is reason to believe something very special in college football is on the horizon. A big hit will be suffered with the loss of Percy Harvin to the NFL and offensive tackles Phil Trautwein and Jason Watkins have graduated but Florida's recruiting prowess will be evident with a replacement of the few vacancies by some of the finest young athletes the country can offer.
Spring practice has already begun and a swagger and sway befitting the best football program in the nation is easily seen. High expectations are obviously there but not without reason. If the existing quarterback, the greatest in the history of Florida football, can have a speech of his etched to the side of the stadium and not be affected then there's no reason to believe anything will distract them from winning another BCS championship on January 8, 2010. If there is a distraction between now and then, we know who we can expect to rally the Gators.