Somebody once chiseled on stone something about not worshipping false idols, but they never laid eyes on Tim Tebow’s chiseled abs. And because of his outright awesomeness, the University of Florida’s Athletic Association has approved the construction of a bronze statue of the Gators quarterback to be placed outside of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for the start of the 2011 season. They’re also building statues for two other guys – Stu Spuzzier and Donny Wuffles, or something like that. Doesn’t matter.
Private donations of approximately $550,000 will take care of the costs for all three statues that the athletic association commissioned to honor Florida’s three Heisman Trophy winners. Gators coach Urban Meyer is also petitioning for a memorial wall constructed from fine Italian marble to honor the hard work of the 29 players who have been arrested since his arrival in Gainesville. As for funding his project, Meyer said, “Oh, we’ll take care of it.”
Pass the collection plate my way, Orlando Sentinel:
Associate Athletics Director Greg McGarity said UF wanted to show its pride in having three Heisman winners – Spurrier (1966), Wuerffel (1996) and Tebow (2007).
“Construction can’t be this fall, so some time after the new year starts we can get the three honorees together,” McGarity said.
The statues for Tebow, Steve Spurrier and Danny Wuerffel will join Florida State’s Bobby Bowden statue at Doak Campbell Stadium as the ultimate honor in college football. Bowden’s statue – a famous image of the coach extending his finger – was created and unveiled in 2004, and has been pointing in the wrong direction ever since.
Alabama will also unveil their statue for coach Nick Saban at Bryant-Denny Stadium in August, after having it commissioned in January. Saban’s statue will commemorate his first NCAA Championship victory with the Crimson Tide. Saban initially wished to have the statue unveiled at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, only to later move it to Tuscaloosa.