Tim Tebow was touring fellow members of ESPN’s SEC Nation crew with Auburn Athletic Director Alan Greene when he received a text message from a friend last week congratulating him on becoming head coach in Florida.
“I’m like: ‘What do you mean? Congratulations on the new Ghazal. What’s up?'” Tebow said on the AP Pro Football podcast.
The confusion began when former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Robert Griffin III said the Gators should hire Tebow to replace Dan Mullen, who was fired on November 21.
“He thought it was like a done deal or something,” Tebow said of his friend. “And I was like, ‘Oh, no.’ I thought it was cool and thought of me was cool for RG3. He’s such a nice guy and we’ve been together for years. But it was fun, and he definitely drove a lot of people to me for a few days .
Griffin doubles down on his suggestion that Florida should hire one of its most popular alums.
Griffin told the AP, “I think what people have to realize is in today’s era with transfer portals and these kids being trained and recruited, if you want to make a splash, you have to separate- Will have to look in different areas.”
“So it may not be that Tim Tebow is the answer for the Gators, and he’ll come in and turn the show on. But what he’ll do is bring excitement to the show, the recruits will want to come play for him. And right now, they’re Nick Saban. , Jimbo Fisher is struggling to compete in recruiting against Kirby Smart. And those guys aren’t slowing down, are they?
“So that’s the thought process behind going after a guy like Tim Tebow and saying: ‘Okay, we’re going to surround you with a great employee. We want you to be the motivator and the leader and get these guys back again. Ask to be a part of the Florida Gator franchise and traditions.’ And that, to me, is worth it.”
Griffin suggested Notre Dame defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers coach Ike Hilliard should be considered for the job.
Tebow led Florida to a pair of national championships and was the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner. He said that he has ever thought about coaching, but he does not want to take time away from his charitable work.
“I have considered it, and there will certainly be a passion behind it,” Tebow said. “I think the hardest thing for me is there are a lot of things that I’m very passionate about. No. 1 is everything we’re doing at TTF (Tim Tebow Foundation). Now we’re in 67 countries And we’re building more hospitals now and we’re building more special needs orphanages and villages and rescuing girls from trafficking. And, I’m just so passionate about it. I would love to be a coach and student athletes I would love to have the support, culture and love of the people, but I think it would be hard. I know that if I did, I would be so much, and it would be really hard to do some other things that I am very much about. I’m emotional.”
Tebow and his foundation have been fighting trafficking since 2013.
“We believe this is one of the greatest evils in the world today, and it’s not just something that’s happening overseas or in a third world country or when you turn on the movie ‘Taken,'” Tebow said. said.
“It’s happening in our backyards, it’s happening in our schools, it’s happening in our communities. It’s everywhere. … It’s going to take an army of people who say: ‘Now under our watch. We’re not going to sit back and let it happen or see it happen or support it to happen.”
Tebow attempted to return to the NFL over the summer as a tight end for his former Gators coach Urban Meyer and the Jacksonville Jaguars after nearly six years away from the game. But his comeback bid ended after a pre-season game.
A new partnership with the Heisman Trophy Trust is one of Tebow’s latest ventures, 34. Campus Legends, co-founded by Tebow, is working with the Heisman Trophy Trust and Heisman Athletes on their first officially licensed NFT/digital collectible.
“It’s something I’m grateful to be a participant in, something that I think is a great way for current student athletes and alumni athletes to be able to use their name, image and likeness in partnership with the school.” Opportunities like Heisman to be able to come up with some really awesome NFTs that can be really exciting and really fun,” Tebow said.
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