This wasn't a bowl game. It was a religious revival, an inspirational sendoff in a domed stadium that spiritually was transformed into the Temple of Tebow. You knew the scene would be emotional enough Friday night as the final game at Florida for Tim Tebow, college football's version of Mother Teresa, the closest thing you'll see to a missionary man on an American campus and quite possibly the only 22-year-old matinee idol who still qualifies as an avowed virgin.
I mean, who concludes a career that boasts two national titles and a Heisman Trophy by hoping he'll be remembered as a humanitarian who visits sick children? "For a kid to say his wish is to spend a day with me, it's extremely humbling and overwhelming," Tebow said. "I take a lot of pride in making them feel special. I'm grateful for football and the platform that it has given me. I want to be involved in a lot of non-profits in other countries and in America and start some of my own. I'd want to start boys and girls ranches, orphanages and things of that nature that can make a difference for kids."