Tim Tebow is heading back to school.
With his NFL career not exactly taking flight as a member of the New York Jets, the former Heisman winning quarterback from Florida has decided to enroll in graduate school at the school he won two national championships before becoming a first-round pick of the Denver Broncos.
Tebow will enroll in classes on Monday and will become a walk-on member of the football team that is now ranked inside the top five for the first time since Tebow walked the halls in Gainesville.
He will need NCAA President Mark Emmert to grant him immediate eligibility, but that is nothing new for Tebow who had a rule created for him to compete in high school athletics.
As a home-schooled student, Tebow was ineligible to compete in football for Nease High School before to the ‘Tim Tebow home school law’ granted him eligibility to compete for and against Florida’s public and private schools.
When asked for comment Emmert said, “Tim Tebow represents everything you look for in a student-athlete. His integrity, values, and dedication are a perfect example of what we want our student athletes to become. We will examine Tim’s case and make a ruling shortly.”
SEC Commissioner Mike Slive echoed Emmert’s statements when he said, “Tim did so many great things while at the University of Florida and he represented the best conference in college athletics with such grace and dignity that we are excited to have him back on the field again.”
Tebow will serve as a mentor to Jeff Driskel who has played admirably for the Gators this season leading them to a 5-0 record and most recently a win over the previously ranked #4 LSU.
Florida coach Will Muschamp says, “Jeff has been a nice asset to our football team and his future is bright, but he is no Tim Tebow, and we will have Tim as our starting quarterback as soon as he regains his eligibility. This is not an indictment on Jeff, but Tim gives us the best chance to win a national championship, I mean he’s already done it twice.”
With Tebow back at Florida the SEC looks like the clear favorites to land the conferences seventh straight BCS National Championship.
Rodney Dangerfield went back to school, so why not Tim Tebow?
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