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Gators to unveil statues honoring Tebow, other Heisman winners during spring game

Tim Tebow

A great many people practically deified Tim Tebow for the tremendous things he accomplished both on and off the field during his time in Gainesville.  Now those same people will have the opportunity to worship a bronzed idol made in the quarterback’s image instead.

Florida announced Thursday afternoon that statues honoring the schools three Heisman winners — Tebow (2007), South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier (1966) and Danny Wuerffel (1996) — will be unveiled during halftime of the Gators’ spring game April 9.

It’s unclear whether any of three honorees will be in attendance.

“We are very proud to recognize the accomplishments of our Heisman Trophy winners,” said senior associate athletics director Chip Howard.

“The statues will give our fans an opportunity to see and capture a real-life visual image of each of the storied athletes. … The sculptor, Sandy Proctor, was meticulous in every phase of the process and did a tremendous job bringing the likeness and personality to each of the statues.”

The statues, which weigh a combined 17,000, were funded through private donations and will be located on the west side of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

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10 Responses to “Gators to unveil statues honoring Tebow, other Heisman winners during spring game”
  1. overratedgators says: Mar 10, 2011 6:35 PM

    Alabama’s planning a statue of Saban. I think they should put it next to the Tebow statue, pointing and laughing. Then we can watch the Christlike miracle as the statue of St. Timothy weeps.

  2. bigfoot3 says: Mar 10, 2011 7:36 PM

    Think of the cost savings on nic’s statue–his about half the size of Tim’s……and still life size…..

  3. alligatorsnapper says: Mar 10, 2011 7:58 PM

    There sure are alot of statues being built. There has to be were some good jokes but we hope there will more jokes about these. When LSU played Florida with Tebow the time before last, I thought I had not seen as good a quarterback in a long time. Then LSU played Auburn last year…and Newton…ugh.

    Apparently, national champ coaches get a statue and Heisman players get a statue. At the SEC headquarters in Birmingham will they have statues of all the national champ coaches from the SEC and all the Heiman winners, a plaza or courtyard for each? They may have to purchase additional property….maybe line I-65 to Mobile?

  4. edgy says: Mar 10, 2011 8:06 PM

    I feel so blessed to read this story. :)

  5. thefiesty1 says: Mar 10, 2011 8:30 PM

    They will have to put up a LARGE fence around Spurriers’ statue to keep the Gator fans from defacing it when South Carolina comes to Gainesville.

  6. seanmmartin says: Mar 11, 2011 1:44 AM

    Ten bucks says they wanted a statue of Tebow up, but threw in Spurrier and Waffle Wuerffel so as to come off politically correct.

  7. truwarier90 says: Mar 11, 2011 11:35 AM

    this is ridiculous, the guys aint “gods”, enough with the idolation, somebody needs to step in, also that useless halftime speech of tebow screaming at his teammates of the national championship game was a complete ripoff from the movie “varsity blues”, and it was jon voight’s speech. Tebow is a phony, the guy is so fake, we all know he drinks liquor and carouses on the side, im tired of the b.s. about this kid being some caucausian mother theresa in football pads.

  8. WingT says: Mar 11, 2011 4:55 PM

    I wonder how Emmit Smith feels about this?

  9. outlawjerseywhales says: Mar 11, 2011 5:30 PM

    truwarier90 says:
    Mar 11, 2011 11:35 AM
    “… some caucausian{sic} mother theresa{sic} in football pads.”
    ————————————————–Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu (26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997) a.k.a. Mother Teresa, WAS caucasian.

  10. gorilladunk says: Mar 11, 2011 5:58 PM

    Glad to hear they (UF) stole the idea from OU. Oh, that’s right…the OU statues are on the east side of the stadium so that makes it completely different.

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