Tim Tebow's college football career has mere days remaining. All this week, a look back at the Top 10 defining moments of his career.
"Oh, and one more thing: Let's do it again... I'M COMING BACK."
Tim Tebow is not a naturally opaque person. One of his best characteristics is the what-you-see-is-what-you-get. Tebow had just finished an 80 second speech to the crowd gathered at The Swamp to celebrate the 2008 national championship. He was walking off the stage... then he turned around and made his announcement.
He would return for his senior season, for the Gators' title defense.
And, with that, the "championship or bust" expectations were set: That this player -- this team -- had no margin for error. Tebow was not coming back just to play college football again; he was coming back to win another national title, to cement his place as the greatest college football player ever.
Wow, doesn't that moment feel like 10 years ago? So much...lighter. Watching the video again really hammers home how heavy the expectations were this season, to the point of crushing much of the joy out of what should have been the greatest season ever.
All that said, I have no doubt that if given the choice, Tebow would "do it again"... again.
The Complete Top 10
10. Commits to UF
9. I'm Coming Back!
5. The Virgin
4. Taunting Oklahoma
3. John 3:16
2. The Jump-Pass
1. The Promise