Gov. Rick Scott presented the “Great Floridian” award to football legend and philanthropist Tim Tebow Friday in Jacksonville. The “Great Floridian” designation is given in recognition of the outstanding achievements of men and women who have made significant contributions to the progress and welfare of Florida, according to Scott’s office.
“It is an honor to present one of our first of 2013 ‘Great Floridian’ awards to football legend and Florida native Tim Tebow. Tim is a great role model for young athletes, and throughout his career, he has proven to be a true competitor and humanitarian,” Scott said. “Tim is not just an athlete, he is a true example of someone who lives to serve others. It is my distinct honor to recognize football legend, proud University of Florida Gator and humanitarian Tim Tebow with the ‘Great Floridian’ Award.”
Tebow played college football for the University of Florida from 2006 through 2009, winning the Heisman Trophy in 2007. He led the Gators to the BCS National Championship, winning in the 2006 and 2008 seasons. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos as the 25th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Upon graduation, Tebow launched the Tim Tebow Foundation in January 2010.
“I am so honored to be selected by Governor Scott for the Great Floridian award,” Tebow said. “It has always been wonderful to call Florida home.”
The “Great Floridian” has been awarded to only 66 individuals since 1981. Recipients have included former governors, civil rights activists, military heroes, Florida Supreme Court Justices and others.
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