-- Tim Tebow, on the Tennessee game.
My wife -- the *real* Gators fan in the family -- has been advancing an excellent theory since Tebow's debut in 2006 that one of the things that makes Tebow so special is that he, himself, is a lifelong, die-hard Gators fan. That's why you see him doing the Gator Chomp after TDs (or in Nic Harris's face). Or doing a lap around the stadium after games. He appreciates-- as a fan -- the history, the rivalries, the tradition. Of course he wants to win -- regardless of who he is playing for. But he is particularly emotionally invested in Florida -- just like the fans.
(Photo: Tebow vs. Tennessee in 2007, Tebow's SEC debut as Florida's starting QB -- not to mention nationally televised. If you squint, you can see me in the background. Photo by the Gainesville Sun.)