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SEC Media Days: Gators QB Tim Tebow Exits in Shaft of Heavenly Light

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Tim Tebow came in, spoke his mind and then exited the room through ↵the ceiling of the Wynfrey Hotel in a beam of heavenly light today, ↵further proving that no matter what contrarian slam piece you would ↵like to write about him, Tim Tebow continues to be irritating in one ↵respect and one respect only: there's little to be irritated about at ↵all when it comes to the Heisman-winning quarterback of the ↵preseason No. 1 Florida Gators. ↵

↵I want an edge on him, I really do. I'd like to have something grating ↵so I can at least turn him into something three-dimensional. Superman ↵bores you with relentless perfection, while Batman compels through his faults, his neuroses, his fears. ↵Superman doesn't make for great writing, for conflict, for doubt and ↵struggle. Tebow's not perfect, but he's as close as a football player ↵comes to it by the age of 22, winning two national titles as a player ↵and accepting--nay, encouraging a level of public involvement with his ↵off-field life unseen in any amateur athlete in recent memory. ↵

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↵It has been said before that it is an extraordinary load for one ↵person, and that it takes an extraordinary person to bear this load, ↵and Tim Tebow is awesome blah blah ad infinitum. It bears repeating, ↵though: the amount he shoulders as one 22-year-old is incredible, ↵especially when you compare it to what you were doing at the same age. ↵He takes an entire slot at SEC Media Days on par with the coaches ↵after four coaches and holds the floor as well or better than any of ↵them did, and parried reporters' queries with the ease of a seasoned ↵politico--and minus the disconcerting smarm. ↵

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↵He even happily admitted he was a virgin. Yes, Clay Travis asked it, a ↵question you either think is a) the biggest single invasion of a ↵player's privacy to date in college athletics, or b) a solid question ↵given his open declaration of faith as a very conservative Christian. ↵Even at what could potentially be the most squeamish moment of the ↵day, Tebow sailed through it without hesitation or unease, and turned ↵around by redirecting it towards his favorite topic, his own faith and ↵determination to preach it to others. You may not be comfortable with ↵his evangelizing. As someone who fears stepping in a church due to the ↵risk of fiery bolts of lightning striking him dead, believe me: I ↵empathize with you. ↵

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↵The nifty, effortless moves in the pocket no matter the question, ↵though? That you must admire in the end. Two years ago, as a sophomore, ↵LSU fans acquired Tebow's cellphone number prior to the game. They ↵left death threats on his phone. I asked him at the press conference ↵whether we should pass it out in advance to LSU fans, or whether we ↵should just wait and see if they find it on their own. He laughed, and ↵said "Sure, it's 3-5-2..." Then he trailed off, said LSU fans would be ↵rowdy and moved to the next question like a candidate in full ↵campaign mode. If the BCS really does come down to skilled ↵politicking, Mack Brown has a young rival waiting in the wings wearing No. 15. ↵

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↵And if his answer to a certain question today is accurate, Brown can't ↵hope for a sex scandal to derail Tebow's campaign. ↵

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