Anytime Tim Tebow does something, it seems to be news.
Today, Tebow celebrates his 29th birthday. Instead of debating his merits as an athlete, let’s instead look back at some of the many feats Tebow has accomplished in his time on Earth.
1. Tebow won the 2007 Heisman Trophy. He became the third Florida player in the program’s history to win the award, joining Steve Spurrier and Danny Wuerffel.
2. Tebow was a two-time SEC Player of the year award winner, winning in 2008 and 2009.
3. Tebow also won two national titles and two SEC titles while he was at Florida.
4. Despite being a backup as a freshman, he still played a key role for the Gators. He memorably completed a jump pass for a touchdown against LSU.
5. Tebow set the single-game school record for rushing touchdowns with 5 in a game vs. South Carolina in 2007.
6. In his four years at Florida, Tebow lost only seven games. Four of those came in his Heisman Trophy season.
7. After taking over for Kyle Orton, Tebow went 7-4 as a starter for the Denver Broncos in the 2011 season. He led the Broncos to the playoffs that year and knocked off the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card round.
8. Tebow’s 57 rushing touchdowns are an SEC record.
9. In his time at Florida, Tebow accounted for 145 touchdowns, which is also a conference record. The 145 touchdowns are tied for sixth most in NCAA history.
10. After losing to Ole Miss 31-30 in 2008, Tebow gave a rousing speech about how the Gators would bounce back. The Gators did, as they would go on to win the national championship that year.
11.Tebow was actually born in the Philippines.
12. Tebow was home schooled. He played his high school football at Nease High School in Florida.
13. Tebow completed 66.4 percent of his passes at Florida, good for fourth in SEC history. He completed a 67.8 percent of his passes in his senior season.
14. Tebow led the SEC in completion percentage three times.
15. Tebow set an NCAA record for consecutive games with at least one passing and one rushing touchdown. He did that in 14 straight games.
16. While not known for his passing abilities, Tebow threw only 16 interceptions in his time at Florida, compared to 88 touchdowns.
17. In his final collegiate game against Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl, Tebow accounted for 533 total yards. That was the most by any single player in a BCS bowl game at that time.
18. Tebow’s 2008 win over Alabama in the SEC Championship game holds a rare distinction. Since Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa, it is the only time a team has beaten Alabama in a championship game (SEC or national championship). Tebow, however, lost to Saban and Alabama the next year.
19. Tebow threw for 316 yards in his the playoff win over the Steelers and he did on just 10 completions. The 31.6 yards per completed pass mark is the highest ever for in a playoff game in the Super Bowl era.
20. The playoff win was also the shortest overtime game in NFL history. The winning touchdown was scored 11 seconds into the extra period.
21. The most yards Tebow has thrown for in a single game is 482. He did that in 2010 against Cincinnati.
22. The most yards Tebow has ever run for in a single game is 166 He did that in 2007 against Ole Miss.
23. Tebow’s 2,947 rushing yards are the most ever by a quarterback in the SEC.
24. In a 2007 game against South Carolina, Tebow scored a career-high seven touchdowns (two passing, five rushing).
25. Tebow was taken with the 25th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.
26. Despite leading the Broncos to the playoffs in 2011, Tebow would not start another game.
27. Tebow’s 23 rushing touchdowns in 2007 were a record at the time. The record has since been broken by Derrick Henry, who had 28 in the 2015 campaign.
28. At the end of his Florida career, Tebow held 28 school records. He also had 5 NCAA records and 14 SEC records.
29. Tebow is currently an analyst for the SEC Network, while also pursuing a professional baseball career.