And so it is Tim Tebow's 22nd birthday. 22 is a bit of a weird birthday -- 21, of course, you get to drink (not that Tebow would). At 25, you get to rent a car.
22 feels like... well, sort of like adulthood. For most college kids -- particularly the ones born in the second half of the year -- you celebrate 22 during your first months OUT of college. It feels adult.
One of the more interesting details of Tebow's biography is that he was held back a year -- he was always tank-sized, but the extra year on his peers probably didn't hurt. (See Gladwell's "Outliers")
And so Tebow is, in college football years, an "old 22." Doubt that really has much impact on his overall maturity -- he seemed to act maturely from high school on.
It goes without saying that 22 is going to be a big year for Tebow:
He might win another national title.
He might lead Florida to its first unbeaten season.
He might win another Heisman.
He might be crowned the Greatest College Football Player Ever.
He will be drafted into the NFL and begin his pro career.
Not a bad year ahead. Worth celebrating today, because from here on out, it's all business.