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Tim Tebow Speech Immortalized?

March 26, 2009

Am I on another planet or something? According to this story, Urban Meyer had a plaque placed outside the front of Florida’s Stadium with the Tim Tebow “I will work harder than everyone” speech engraved for all fans to walk by in disgust.

Looks like the line to blow Tim Tebow got a little longer. After listening to Thom Brennaman and the worst announcer in sports history, Charles Davis, call the BCS title game this year, I didn’t think anyone else needed to get on their knees for another year at least.

For a speech to be engraved on a plaque, it must be so inspiring and legendary, that it literally makes every fan remember exactly where they were at the exact moment an athlete was talking. Using that standard, only a handful of speeches qualify for plaque status.

At the top of the list has to be Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man” speech. That’s pretty much the gold standard for athletes giving a speech. You can throw in Jim Valvano’s speech at the 1993 ESPY awards, which is one few times it’s perfectly acceptable to cry in front of another man. You can add Knute Rockne’s “Win One for the Gipper” to the list. But Tebow’s speech? Not in the same league, not even the same ballpark, and probably not even the same sport.

What’s next? Does Urban Meyer want to put a bronze statue of Tebow at the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton before the 2010 draft? Solid work Urban, you just weakened a nation today. I will go out on a limb and predict before the BCS title game next year, someone in Florida will claim that Jesus has returned to earth and he wears #15 for the Florida football team. The only reason to get excited about the Orange and Blue will still be the tail.