Tim Tebow will be inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 8.
Tebow, 30, will be joined by former Atlanta Braves all-star Larry “Chipper Jones, former Florida State running back Warrick Dunn, former PGA commissioner Tim Finchem and posthumously induct LPGA golfer Colleen Walker.
“Without question, this is one of the most talented, eclectic and accomplished classes in Florida Sports Hall of Fame history,” said FSHOF President Barry Smith. “The contributions these individuals have made within their chosen sport, to their communities, the nation and indeed on a worldwide stage, demand recognition and we are honored to welcome them as the newest members of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame.”
Tebow, had a decorated college football career at the University of Florida, where he won the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore in 2007. He helped Florida win the National Championship as a freshman in 2006 and as a junior in 2008.
At the conclusion of his college career, he held the Southeastern Conference’s all-time records in both career passing efficiency and total rushing touchdowns, appearing second and tenth (respectively) in the NCAA record book in these categories. He was a two-time SEC Player of the Year and was named All-America three times.
Tebow would go on to play three years in the NFL, compiling an 8-6 record as a starter for the Denver Broncos in 2011 and playing for the New York Jets and briefly with the New England Patriots.
Currently Tebow plays plays professional baseball in the New York Mets organization for the High-A St. Lucie Mets where he batted .231 with five home runs and 29 RBI.
Tebow is also well-known for his philanthropic efforts and his faith in Jesus Christ. As a college student, he founded “First and 15,” an organization that raised funds for an orphanage in the Philippines. He launched the Tim Tebow Foundation in January 2010, with the stated mission of bringing Faith, Hope and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need. Tebow created “A Night to Shine,” to provide a prom night experience to special needs teenagers. “A Night to Shine” has become a global event with more than 300 satellite proms occurring in 11 countries.
In 2013, Tebow was designated a Great Floridian by Florida Governor Rick Scott in recognition of his “major contributions to the progress and welfare” of Florida.
Tebow’s heart for all his philanthropic work was shown in a 2008 article in Sports Spectrum when he said, “I don’t want to go to heaven and have God sake me why I didn’t do more and why didn’t I use my platform to team more people about Him.