TRANSCRIPT: Chat with Tim Tebow

Monday night's moderated chat with Gator QB commitment Tim Tebow was a blast, with almost 400 participants at one time. Due to the moderated nature of chat, Tim was able to answer many questions asked by Gator fans. Here's your transcript in case you missed it!

RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:04:41 PM)
I have Tim Tebow on the line..

gatorcarson (Dec 19, 2005 8:04:49 PM)
You made a lot of Gator fans happy. I know you made your final decision the day you announced, but when did you get a pretty good feel that it would likely be UF?

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:05:33 PM)
Well, you know I had been praying about it a long time and it was a really tough decision. Last Tuesday I prayed about it and I kind of made the decision right before I went up there

GatorSwagger (Dec 19, 2005 8:05:38 PM)
Tim- It's great to have you in orange and blue. What's some of your goals as a freshman?

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:06:15 PM)
"Well, my goals are to do what the coaches tell me, Work hard as I can and try to pick up the offense as much as I can. Learn from Chris Leak who is a phenomenal QB"

sillymonkeysonia (Dec 19, 2005 8:06:30 PM)
Tim are you flattered with the comparisons between you and a young Steve Young?

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:07:08 PM)
"Well, that's a really nice comparison. You cant say enough about that. He's a phenomenal QB and I don't think I'm in his league but it's nice to hear that"

gatorprincess8 (Dec 19, 2005 8:07:20 PM)
Tim, what is the thing you are looking forward to next year at Florida?

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:07:48 PM)
"Gosh I'm looking forward to everything. Being a Gator, running out the tunnel, being with the coaches, being a part of the team"

GatorBait1255 (Dec 19, 2005 8:07:51 PM)
Tim, will you be attending the bowl game?

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:08:10 PM)
"No sir, I wont. I'll be at US Army Game"

DOCF (Dec 19, 2005 8:08:13 PM)
Tim, what number would you like to wear for the Gators?

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:08:44 PM)
"Well my HS number is #5 but that's Bubba Caldwell's and he deserves to keep it. Any number will be fine, I'm not sure'

klmbs (Dec 19, 2005 8:08:47 PM)
Tim, can you tell us what impressed you most about your experience at UF during the recruiting process?

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:09:35 PM)
"What impressed me the most. Good question. Everything was. The coaching staff I guess. The way they handled themselves and that's why I chose them. I wanted to play for a staff like that. They'll do anything it takes to achieve their goals'

gatorangler (Dec 19, 2005 8:09:40 PM)
Tim, welcome to Gatorcountry.....Are you excited? How did Coach Meyer react to your commitment?

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:10:04 PM)
"He was excited. I think they were glad to have me so he was very excited and pumped up."

GatorDon (Dec 19, 2005 8:10:16 PM)
Mr. Tebow, do you expect the Gator offense to be the spread option that Coach Meyer has used in the past, or some modified version?

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:11:09 PM)
"um.. I think it depends on the game plan and what the defense is doing. It's all about hitting the defense in their weak spot whether it's the triple option or throwing the ball down field. Whatever he decides is fine by me and I'll do what he tells me"

WGunnGator (Dec 19, 2005 8:11:12 PM)
Tim, after watching your special on ESPN I got excited about your vocal intensity on the field. Do you think you will show as much intensity as a young Gator among the older returning starters?

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:11:58 PM)
"That's a very good question.. Well I just try to go out there and work hard and gain everybody's respect. As you grow into a leader you can do that but first you have to gain everybody's respect"

Swampbuggy7 (Dec 19, 2005 8:12:09 PM)
Has Tim thought anymore about the opportunity to enroll early at UF and start learning the offense, etc?

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:13:05 PM)
"Yes sir we have been talking about every day. That's something I have to decide on this week. I love baseball and I love Coach Mullen my baseball coach but I know I can get a big jump on college if I go early. It's a big decision I'll make soon here."

revgator (Dec 19, 2005 8:13:11 PM)
Tim, a lot has been said and written about your faith. What is it about Coach Meyer and the University of Florida that made you most comfortable this would be a good place for you to continue your faith journey, along with your football journey?

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:14:12 PM)
"That's a really good question. I think at Florida you have a chance to be a good role model because so many people look up to you. The coaches no matter what religion still believe in character and doing the right thing. Hopefully people will look up to me and I can be a good role model for them."

orlandogator (Dec 19, 2005 8:14:18 PM)
Tim, we know your a great leader, athletic, solid passer. What would you say is your most important asset with regard to the quarterback position and why?

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:15:17 PM)
"I think probably just the competitiveness and toughness, that's how I was raised. I compete with everything I've got and too the Glory of God. I try to be tough no matter what the score or what's hurting and hopefully your teammates will see that and it will raise them to the next level."

BrowardCoGator (Dec 19, 2005 8:15:23 PM)
Tim, what recruits are you recruiting for us? And how happy were you about the additions of Percy and Damon today?

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:16:12 PM)
"I'm very excited about that. Those receivers make you look a lot better than you are. I'm still working on several and I'm just getting to know the commits and becoming friends. It's a long process and I'm working at it."

swampdaddy (Dec 19, 2005 8:16:19 PM)
Tim how was Todd Mc. as your host and is there any other current players you bonded with?

Solari (Dec 19, 2005 8:16:28 PM)
(McCullough)

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:17:08 PM)
"Todd was a great host. I enjoyed the whole time with him. I got to be friends with Tate and B-Siler and some other guys. I enjoy being around all the guys. It's a good bunch of guys and Im excited and happy to be a part of it."

JoeGator (Dec 19, 2005 8:17:13 PM)
Tim, are you prepared for the onslaught of pretty girls that are going to want to date you when you get to UF? Will you have them submit applications or simply stand in line, single file?

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:17:41 PM)
(laughing) "I think I've been raised the right way so I'll handle that"

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:18:45 PM)
"I don't know. I guess I'm gonna try and find out. The SEC is a different game from any conference and that's why I wanted to be a part of it. You got to bring your A game every week. You cant afford to run with it every down, you have to get it out of your hand quick and keep them off balance."

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:19:12 PM)
"I'm not sure. I'm interested in Communications, phys ed and nutrition... some different things"

FreakyGator (Dec 19, 2005 8:19:14 PM)
Tim, many of us here hoped Larry Fedora could stay. Could you tell us a little about your relationship with him?

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:20:05 PM)
"I have a really good relationship with him. He's helped me all along and giving me advice, spending time with me. He'd be a great coach to play for and he's already getting Ok State a lot better. We have a good friendship and I've enjoyed getting to know him."

cshirley04 (Dec 19, 2005 8:20:09 PM)
Tim, great documentary last week. gave chills to gator fans everywhere. what is your fondest memory in the swamp of the games you have attended?

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:21:09 PM)
"Oh there have been some good ones.. Seeing Florida this beating Tennessee, FSU and Georgia is great for any Florida fan. I'd probably say beating FSU was the best because being a young gator they really are our big rival and that was a big win for us this year."

SouthFloridaGator (Dec 19, 2005 8:21:11 PM)
Hey Tim, I'm good friends with the Strawbridges, and they have spoke volumes about your character and leadership. Looking forward to seeing you on the field. Are you feeling good about having a great guy like Carl 'Pancake' Johnson playing right tackle for you?

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:22:04 PM)
"Oh yes sir. He's a big man and I'm gonna enjoy having him in front of me. Gonna be an awesome OL, he's very big and strong. I know he's enrolling early and has everything going for him. He's going to be a great OL."

HarvinGator (Dec 19, 2005 8:22:09 PM)
Tim, welcome to THE University of Florida. Did you talk much with Percy Harvin before his commitment? He mentioned you specifically after his announcement today.

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:22:40 PM)
"That's nice of him to mention me. I haven't spoken to him in a few days but he's a great guy and I'm glad that he's a Gator."

NC 2008 (Dec 19, 2005 8:22:43 PM)
Tim if you are up by 40 points against FSU and you have a chance to stick another one in the endzone do you think you will relish that moment.

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:23:26 PM)
"Well, I would definitely be having a smile on my face. Anytime you get up on FSU by 40 your having a good day. I don't know what I'd do but I know I'd have a lot of fun at it."

cooldaddybreeze (Dec 19, 2005 8:23:31 PM)
Hey Timmy, just wanted to know if 4 wins over the Vols in your UF career would make up for any disappointments/frustrations about not beating St Augustine in your HS career.

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:24:16 PM)
"Well I've heard that rumor a lot about Peyton going 0-4 against UF and me going 0-4 against St Aug so it would be nice to have that. I would really enjoy to beat UT 4 times"

str8outdaswamp1 (Dec 19, 2005 8:24:21 PM)
What has been the most rewarding about your mission work?

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:24:57 PM)
"Oh man, that's an awesome question..So much.. When your over there and they see the love of God for the first time and you see the smiles on their faces. That's probably the best part."

gatorinlutz (Dec 19, 2005 8:25:04 PM)
Tim, I am a Baptist pastor and I am so glad that you are a man of integrity. Your parents did a great job raising you. Will you continue to go with your dad on Mission trips to the Philippines?

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:25:41 PM)
"Yes sir. I try but I know I have to be in summer ball so it will be tougher. I at least want to try and go once a year to the Phillippines"

jmbgator (Dec 19, 2005 8:25:48 PM)
Hey Tim welcome aboard, would you plan on playing baseball at UF if given the opportunity?

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:26:21 PM)
"Well that's something were still talking about and I may try and do that some time in the future. I really like their baseball program and that's very interesting to me."

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:27:17 PM)
"Well I've had 4 older brothers and sisters and they've all been home schooled. They've done pretty well in college. I'll just try to go to class and work hard and hopefully I'll be ok"

Solari (Dec 19, 2005 8:27:21 PM)
Folks, we have 5 more minutes left.

stinger1769 (Dec 19, 2005 8:27:26 PM)
Tim, how much can you bench?

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:27:51 PM)
"I don't know, I haven't maxed in a while. We just do a lot of reps so I'm not sure"

eze2005 (Dec 19, 2005 8:28:01 PM)
Tim, I hear you're good at making friends with big o-linemen. How good is that friendship with Andre Smith? :)

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:28:47 PM)
"It's pretty good I think. We've been on a few visits together and had a good time together. He's a great one to have so I'll be working on him but wherever he goes he'll have a great career. He's getting recruited hard but hopefully he'll be a Gator"

gatorcarson (Dec 19, 2005 8:28:53 PM)
Tim, has Coach Meyer told you what to expect in terms of your role on the team next year? Is there a chance you will red shirt?

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:29:18 PM)
"Um, well I don't think I'm gonna redshirt but I'll just do what they tell me to do and work as hard as I can."

ufbeerman (Dec 19, 2005 8:29:24 PM)
Tim, we are all excited to have you. What do you think about your brother Peter starting a group online called "Get Tim Tebow to UF" and attending UF practice one day. How much recruiting did he do?

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:30:04 PM)
"I think that was more of a joke than serious but it picked up in a hurry. Now there's all kinds of stuff and he showed me last night. That was pretty funny

orlandogator (Dec 19, 2005 8:30:36 PM)
Tim, we are amazed at the recruiting class so far by Coach Meyer. What does he say to you guys to make you pick Florida?

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:31:25 PM)
"I don't think it's what he says, it's how he is. He's real, intense and enthusiastic. Kids want a chance to win a MNC and be in a family atmosphere. He wants to win a title and i think kids see that and want to be a part of it."

tebow_rulez06 (Dec 19, 2005 8:31:50 PM)
Hey Tim, what do you hope to accomplish at UF during your football career?

Solari (Dec 19, 2005 8:32:04 PM)
We'll be wrapping this up, folks.

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:32:20 PM)
"Aw man. I don't know. Hopefully add a few SEC titles or something like that. Just go in there work hard, and do the best I can."

GatorHoops89 (Dec 19, 2005 8:32:25 PM)
Tim, Your attitude reminds me a lot of a guy who wore #7 and won the Heisman Trophy at UF. Have you had the opportunity to speak with him and/or form any kind of relationship?

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:33:14 PM)
"Yes sir I have had the opportunity to talk and build a relationship. He's a big role model for me and the way he handles himself is something I try and emulate on and off the field. Hopefully I'll be able to be a little bit like him."

BrowardCoGator (Dec 19, 2005 8:33:18 PM)
Ryan, please thank him for taking the time for us and this chat and let him know we're looking forward to him at Florida. GO GATORS!

TIM TEBOW VIA RYAN JORDAN (Dec 19, 2005 8:34:13 PM)
"Thanks for being interested. Let's get some more recruits. You're awesome fans and I am glad to be on."

Solari (Dec 19, 2005 8:34:26 PM)
It's GREAT to be a FLORIDA GATOR. Thanks!


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