Mr. Tim Tebow
The University of Florida

December 9, 2007

 FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla – University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow continues his collection of national football awards as today he has been named the winner of the 2008 Wuerffel Trophy by the All Sports Association of Fort Walton Beach. Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy Quarterback Danny Wuerffel, the award is presented to the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. Tebow joins past winners Rudy Niswanger (LSU-2005), Joel Penton (Ohio State.-2006) and Paul Smith (Tulsa-2007) as the 4th winner of the prestigious award.

“We’re excited and thrilled to have Tim be the winner of an award that exemplifies the three characteristics of athletics, academics and community service and joining the fraternity of the other fine winners, “ said All Sports Association President Mike Coupe’ this morning.  “He’s in great company. We’re just very excited to have him as this year’s winner.”

Tebow’s on the field accomplishments include being the only sophomore ever to win the Heisman Trophy, the Sullivan Award, the Davey O’Brien Award and the Maxwell Award (2007). Also, he is the only player in NCAA history to rush and pass for at least 20 touchdowns in a season, ranks first in Florida’s record book for the most career rushing touchdowns, has thrown for 6,159 yards and 65 touchdowns in three seasons, while having also gained 1,928 yards on the ground with 43 rushing touchdowns, both school records by a Florida quarterback.

Academically, he carries a 3.70 GPA, earning the honor of 2007 SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient. Tebow was also the second sophomore football player in school history to earn ESPN.com Academic All-American first-team honors in the 2007 season. Thanks to Tebow, Florida became one of only three schools to have a Heisman winner receive Academic All-American honors in the same year.

  Tebow’s community service is equally impressive. Through his involvement with the University of Florida’s “Goodwill Gators” program, he has made many hospital visits and attended numerous community service functions. In addition, Tebow takes it upon himself to schedule his own hospital visits back in his hometown of Jacksonville, Fla. during his off weekends. He spent his 2008 spring break as a missionary in the Philippines as part of the Bob Tebow Evangelical Association. In April 2008, Tebow organized a flag football tournament to raise awareness for orphans in Gainesville and around the world. Over the next 2 months, he spoke at a business conference in Croatia, was invited by the International Mission Board (IMB) to speak to missionaries in South Asia, and spent time speaking at several prisons across the state of Florida.

“To win the SEC championship is a dream come true and then to get this award — Danny’s award is just great — it’s very humbling,” said Tebow when notified by Danny Wuerffel that he had won the award.  “I want to take this platform that I have by being a quarterback and being at the University of Florida and use that to help people and use that to share my message about helping people and about helping people’s lives.  That’s the reason I think I’ve been blessed to have the success that I’ve had.”

“Without question, you completely deserve this award and I am so excited to announce that you’re this year’s winner,” said Danny Wuerffel to Tebow this morning when notifying him that he had won the award.  Wuerffel then added, “It was just amazing to see the success that Tim has had in all three aspects of this award: academically, athletically and in the community and service to other people. He’s just an amazing young man, an amazing football player. I’m just so incredibly proud to have him (as the winner).  It’s funny how things go back and forth. Maybe one day my son will win the Tebow Trophy.”

“A leader’s true measurement is if he has the ability to raise the level of play of everybody around him, and Tim’s as good as anyone I’ve ever been around,” Florida Coach Urban Meyer said when asked about Tebow winning the award named after Wuerffel.  “Danny Wuerffel is obviously a great name around here. I never had the ability to coach Danny, but his history and what people say about him, I’m not sure they ever thought there would be another Danny Wuerffel, but there’s a guy here that’s awful close.  Tim will go down as one of the great players ever and one of the great players ever to play the game of football.”

   The 2008 Wuerffel Trophy will be presented to Tim Tebow at the All Sports Association’s 40th Annual Awards Banquet on February 20, 2009.


ACADEMICS

Major: Family, Youth and Community Sciences
GPA: 3.70
Year: Junior

Academic Awards & Honors:

  • 2007 SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient
  • Was the second sophomore football player in school history to earn ESPN.com Academic All-American first-team honors
  • Thanks to Tebow, Florida became one of only three schools to have a Heisman winner receive Academic All-American honors in the same year

ATHLETICS

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Starter: Yes
  • Number of Years as Starter: 2

Athletic Awards & Honors:

  • Only sophomore in NCAA history to win Heisman Trophy
  • Davey O’Brien and Maxwell Award winner
  • First-team AP All-American
  • Walter Camp All-American
  • AP SEC Offensive Player of the Year
  • Sullivan Award winner

    Notables: Only sophomore ever to win theHeisman Trophy, the Sullivan Award, the Davey O’Brien Award and the Maxwell Award (2007). Only player in NCAA history to rush and pass for at least 20 touchdowns in a season. Firstsophomore in UF history to be named an All-American (2007)…First UF quarterback to be named an All-American (2007) since Rex Grossman in 2001…The first UF player to be named a first-team Academic All-American selection (2007) in over a decade.

2008

  • Sullivan Award Winner (April 1, 2008 for 2007 football season)
  • Maxwell Award Semifinalist
  • Davey O’Brien Award Semifinalist
  • Wuerffel Trophy Finalist
  • Wooden Award Finalist
  • ESPY Award Winner: Best Male College Athlete (July 16, 2008 for 2007 season)
  • 2008 Walter Camp Player of the Year “Player to Watch”
  • SEC Offensive Player of the Week (Nov. 10-Vanderbilt)
  • Disney Sports Spirit Award Nominee
  • U.S. Army All-American Bowl College Player of the Week (11/3-Georgia)
  • ESPN The Magazine first-team Academic All-District
  • 2008 Team Captain
  • Member of the 2008 UF Football Leadership Committee
  • Preseason First Team All-SEC (Football Time in Tennessee)
  • Preseason All-SEC Team (Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook)
  • Offensive Player of the Year (Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook)
  • Preseason First Team All-American (Phil Steele)
  • Preseason First Team All-SEC (Phil Steele)
  • Preseason First Team All-American (Athlon)
  • Preseason First Team All-SEC (Athlon)
  • Preseason First Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches)
  • Preseason First Team All-SEC (Media)

2007

  • Heisman Trophy Winner
  • Davey O’Brien Award Winner
  • Maxwell Award Winner
  • Walter Camp All-American
  • Finalist for the Manning Award (presented by AllState Sugar Bowl)
  • 2007 first-team AP All-American
  • All-SEC first-team (Coaches’ and AP) selection
  • AP SEC Offensive Player of the Year
  • SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
  • ESPN.com Academic All-American first-team selection
  • ESPN.com All-American
  • ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American first-team selection
  • CBS Sportsline.com National Offensive Player of the Year
  • All-American offensive selection by the Football Writers Association of America and CBS Sportsline.com
  • First-team All-SEC honoree by CollegeFootballNews.com and Phil Steele
  • Three-time SEC Offensive Player of the Week (South Carolina, Ole Miss, Troy)
  • SEC Football Community Service Team Honoree
  • Two-time Walter Camp Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week (Tennesee & South Carolina)
  • First-team All-American honoree by The Sporting News, SI.com, CollegeFootballNews.com and Phil Steele
  • Rivals.com first-team All-American, SEC Offensive Player of the Year and first-team All-SEC selection
  • Atlanta Touchdown Club’s Outstanding Offensive Back in the Southeast region
  • 2007 Florida High School Athletic Association’s All-Century High School Football Team
  • Member of the 2007 UF Football Leadership Committee

2006

  • 2006 All-SEC Freshman team honoree
  • Freshman All-America honorable mention by The Sporting News
  • The Sporting News SEC All-Freshman Team selection
  • Member of the 2006 UF Football Leadership Committee

Position Coach: Dan Mullen
Head Coach: Urban Meyer


COMMUNITY SERVICE

Community Service Activities:

  • Through Tim’s involvement with UF’s Goodwill Gators program, he has made many hospital visits and attended community service functions. In addition, Tim takes it upon himself to schedule his own hospital visits in his hometown of Jacksonville, Fla. during his off weekends.
  • March 2008: Spent spring break as a missionary in the Philippines as part of the Bob Tebow Evangelical Association.
  • April 2008: Organized a flag football tournament to raise awareness for orphans in Gainesville and around the world.
  • May 2008: Spoke at a business conference in Croatia.
  • May 2008: Spoke in front of 2,500 people at a local church in Starke, Fla.
  • June 2008: Invited by the International Mission Board (IMB) to speak to missionaries in South Asia
  • June 2008: Spent a day speaking to a local YMCA in Black Mountain, Ga.
  • Spent time speaking at several prisons across the state of Florida from April to June of 2008.

Level of Service:

  • His position on the Florida football team or as the reigning Heisman Trophy winner have little to do with the level of dedication that Tim Tebow has to performing community service. Tebow and his four siblings were raised providing service for those in need. As part of his father’s foundation, the Bob Tebow Evangelical Association, Tim has spent almost every summer of his life preaching and providing support, not only in the Philippines where he was born, but across the world. According to Tim, he was in seventh grade when he began to speak with locals in the Philippines, not just spreading the word of God, but spreading universal messages of hope, faith and perseverance. With his recent success with the Florida Gators, the opportunities for Tim to reach out to the community have obviously amplified. Although his busy schedule prevents Tim from fulfilling all of his requests, he has spent over 500 hours of community service and appearances this year, including making phone calls to sick children and going on hospital visits to pediatric wings. Tim, who was honored with UF’s Office of Student Life’s Goodwill Gator Community Service Award, cites his priorities in this order: faith, family, academics and then football. It does not take long to realize that he has found success and contentment in every area on his list. He uses his success on the football field as a platform to spread his message. He understands that football provides him the opportunity to make positive changes in peoples’ lives and he takes advantage of that platform every chance he gets.

More information:

Tebow on Danny:
“He was a huge role model for me, even more so because of what he did off the field in his humility and his (Christianity) and his stance on a lot of different issues, and how he handled himself and also of course being a great player on the field. When my parents were looking for people to be
great role models because they knew we loved sports, it was easy because they could find someone like Danny Wuerffel to pick out to really give great examples about. ‘This is what Danny Wuerffel did today’ — Dad would always say stuff like that.”

“To win the SEC championship is a dream come true, and then to get this award — Danny’s award is just great — it’s very humbling.”

“I want to take this platform that I have by being a quarterback and being at the University of Florida and use that to help people and use that to share my message about helping people and about helping people’s lives. That’s the reason I think I’ve been blessed to have the success that I’ve
had.”

Danny on Tebow
“Without question, you completely deserve this award and I am so excited to announce that you’re this year’s winner.”

“It was just amazing to see the success that Tim has had in all three aspects of this award: academically, athletically and the community and service to other people. He’s just an amazing young man, an amazing football player. I’m just so incredibly proud to have him (as the winner).”
“It’s funny how things go back and forth. Maybe one day my son will win the Tebow Trophy.”

Coach Meyer on Tebow
“A leader’s true measurement is if he has the ability to raise the level of play of everybody around him, and Tim’s as good as anyone I’ve ever been around,” Meyer said. “Danny Wuerffel is obviously a great name around here. I never had the ability to coach Danny, but his history and what
people say about him, I’m not sure they ever thought there would be another Danny Wuerffel, but there’s a guy here that’s awful close.”  “Tim will go down as one of the great players ever and one of the great players ever to play the game of football.”

Mike Coupe’
“We’re excited and thrilled to have Tim be the winner of an award that exemplifies the three characteristics of athletics, academics and community service and joining the fraternity of the other fine winners. Considering the nominees we had this year, he’s in great company. We’re just excited to have him as this year’s winner.”

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