Tebow Expects Buckeyes to Win Title Within Three Years
By Brandon Castel
The hiring of Urban Meyer has landed Ohio State at least one new follower.
He happens to be a pretty famous one, too.
Tim Tebow was born in the Philippines and raised in Jacksonville, Fla. by two parents who met while they were both students at the University of Florida.
He has never had much of a reason to pull for any college team outside the Sunshine State borders, especially a program like Ohio State, which Tebow helped to beat in the 2007 BCS National Championship game.
That all changed when Meyer became the head football coach in Columbus.
Suddenly there were new Buckeyes fans springing up all over the country, and that includes New York, where Tebow was recently traded after two seasons with the Denver Broncos.
During a guest appearance at Ohio Christian University in Circleville, Ohio, the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback revealed his new membership in Buckeye Nation, even if he did close things up with a sneaky little “Gator Chomp” at the end.
“As hard as it is for me to actually say this, I have to say that I am a fan of The Ohio State University,” Tebow said to a roaring applause from the nearly 2,000 people in attendance last week.
Tebow was asked to speak at the 2012 Leadership Forum, along with Dr. John Maxwell, and he certainly understood his audience. He got the crowd riled up over the idea of watching an Urban Meyer-coached offense at Ohio State, and then dropped this little prophecy for Buckeye fans everywhere.
“It’s too bad this year they don’t have a chance at winning it all,” he said.
“In the next three years, if I was a betting man, I would have to put some money on Ohio State to win the national championship.”
Again, the audience roared with excitement, as Meyer’s most famous pupil predicted that his coach would bring the crystal football back to Columbus for the first time since the days of Craig Krenzel and Maurice Clarett.
Before he was an NFL icon, Tebow helped Meyer take home a pair of crystal footballs in Gainesville. The first came during the 2006 season, Meyer’s second at the helm of the Florida football program. Tebow was only a freshman that year, and the backup to Chris Leak, but he would guide the Gators to another title just two short years later.
Hearing him make such bold projections had the crowd in a full-on frenzy, but Tebow was certain to make sure they understood he wasn’t really going to bet on the Buckeyes.
Because, after all, it’s Tim Tebow.
“Which I’m not (a betting man),” he said, holding both hands up, “but I’m just saying, if I was.”
There are plenty of people out there who will be happy to take Tim’s word for it.