Gov. Scott honors Tebow with ‘Great Floridian’ award
Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, left, talks with Gov. Rick Scott after getting the award. Meredyth Hope Hall
BY LAWRENCE SULLIVAN TBO.com staff
Published: April 14, 2013
Updated: April 14, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Former University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow was named a “Great Floridian” on Friday by Gov. Rick Scott in Jacksonville.
“It is an honor to present one of our first of 2013 ‘Great Floridian’ awards to football legend and Florida native Tim Tebow,” said Scott, in grant the award that recognizes residents who have made contributions to the progress and welfare of Florida.
“Tim is a great role model for young athletes, and throughout his career, he has proven to be a true competitor and humanitarian. Tim is not just an athlete, he is a true example of someone who lives to serve others.”
“I am so honored to be selected by Governor Scott for the Great Floridian award. It has always been wonderful to call Florida home,” Tebow said.
Tebow was a star at the University of Florida where he led the team to two national championships and won the Heisman Trophy in 2007 as a sophomore. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos and then was traded to the N.Y. Jets where he is a backup. His strong Christian faith has a national following.
Sixty-six people have been named Great Floridians since 1981 and the honorees include former governors, civil rights activists, military heroes and others.
Other recent honorees include former Florida State University football coach Bobby Bowden, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Hillsborough lawmaker and state justice Frederick Karl, aviation pioneer Tony Jannus, former Gov. Bob Martinez and Lt. General Albert Hazen Blanding.
A panel representing the governor, each member of the Cabinet, Senate president, House speaker and secretary of state nominates residents for the award. The secretary of state then picks at least two people to receive the honor.