Friday October 9, 2009 16:51
Top-ranked Gators should keep Tebow on the bench
If University of Florida coach Urban Meyer really looks at Tim Tebow like his son, the coach should keep the tough, spirited quarterback off the field when the No. 1-ranked Gators travel into hostile Baton Rouge to defend their national title against No. 4 Louisiana State.
Tebow, who Gators fans look upon like Superman, should not be put at risk for severe brain damage by returning to action, two weeks after suffering a concussion, just to keep UF’s hopes alive to win a third national title in four years.
Tebow’s long-term health and playing future is more important than a game.
Anyone who has seen the latest Superman movie can attest to how brutally the bad guys beat up the superhero while he was weakened by kryptonite.
And Florida fans, myself included, do not want to see their super Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, who is not back to full strength, get tossed around and bruised by LSU’s physical defense. And God help Tebow if he suffers another concussion, which is likely when an athlete has already had one.
UF backup quarterback John Brantley deserves a chance to start for reneging on his commitment to Texas to sit behind Tebow for two years after being Gatorade’s national high school football player of the year.
If Brantley can’t deliver a victory against LSU, so what?
God has smiled on the Gators before after one or two losses, and the team rebounded to win national championships in 1996, 2006 and 2008.
So I say give Tebow the rest he needs to come back at full strength and will the Gators to back-to-back national titles.
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