Tebow gearing up for Senior Bowl, draft

Next week at the Senior Bowl, former University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow will have a chance to start proving his doubters wrong. Everything from his arm strength to his throwing motion has been questioned since his initial jump pass during his first national championship season in Gainesville.

While he was always commended for being a great teammate and a tremendous leader at UF, his NFL quarterbacking future — fairly or unfairly — always seemed to be questioned by his critics.

Is he more equipped to be a tight end or H-back, some wondered. Some even raised the possibility of a future at linebacker.

However, in Mobile, Alabama next week, Tebow will have an opportunity to show that he is well-suited to play the position at the next level that he dominated so often every Saturday afternoon.

Tebow told the Associated Press that he looks forward to proving people wrong.

“It'll be exciting. I just want an opportunity to be a quarterback at the next level and to get that chance.”

His chance will come during practices and a showcase game that will be attended by NFL scouts, coaches and general managers.

“People didn't think I could throw at Florida, and we did OK at that,” Tebow noted.

Coming off of a Sugar Bowl performance in which he went 31-for-35 passing for a school-record 482 yards and three touchdowns — along with 51 rushing yards and a score, Tebow certainly cemented his legacy as one of college football’s all-time greatest players.

However, we live in a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately kind of world. And that’s not lost on the 6-foot-3, 245-pound Tebow.

The issues he has to overcome before April’s draft include: working primarily from the shotgun formation in Urban Meyer’s spread offense, employing a windup entirely too long — with a bit of a sidearm motion — and not having the greatest arm strength in the world.

However, it just takes one team to fall in love with a player to be drafted. Might that be the Jacksonville Jaguars, led by owner Wayne Weaver? Weaver did call Tebow “iconic” and said his “star power is incredible.” Could he be able to help you sell some tickets Mr. Weaver?

Tim Tebow, your NFL career is now on the clock.

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