SEC legend Tim Tebow, a multi-time BCS National Champion quarterback at Florida and the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, had a “timely” visit to Hugh Freeze’s Auburn football program according to Saturday Down South’s Andrew Olson — who acknowledged Tebow’s presence coinciding with the “Swamp Kings” documentary series’ Netflix release.
“It was a timely visit from Tebow,” Olson prefaced before saying, “The 2-time national champion and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner is featured prominently in the Netflix documentary ‘Untold: Swamp Kings,’ which chronicles Urban Meyer’s time at Florida. The documentary shows footage of the intense, demanding workouts installed by Meyer, which Tebow embraced as a fierce competitor.
“Swamp Kings” also focuses on the fact that Tebow never beat Auburn. The only loss of Florida’s 2006 national championship season, Tebow’s freshman year, came on the road at Auburn. The following year, AU stunned the Gators in The Swamp with a game-winning field goal. Tebow joked he wasn’t sure why Freeze would want him to speak to the team, given his history with the Tigers.”
Tim Tebow’s message to the Auburn football program
Tebow sounded like a football coach in his address to Freeze’s Tigers, challenging them to be passionate not just running out onto the field in big games, but also every moment of game preparation as well.
“Will you just be passionate when it comes to 8 o’clock for a big game? Or at 6 o’clock in the morning, will you still have the same passion? Really be willing to suffer in those moments, because those are the moments that are going to make you different than all the other teams,” Tebow said. “What are the differentiators for you? It’s that you’re actually passionate, meaning that when it gets hard, this is where I’m going to be different. I want to suffer so I can be the best, so we can be the best — meaning you care so much for something, you’re willing to suffer for it. That’s different than being excited, man. That’s different than being hyped.”
With modest expectations from around the college football world, Auburn football has to channel the passion to prove the world wrong into preparing for every game like a first-time program appearance in the College Football Playoff is the goal.
Because why shouldn’t it be? TCU and Cincinnati did it and with far less enthusiasm around the program and talent than AU.