10. Tim Tebow
This apology is a little different from any of the others on this list. Tim Tebow didn't do anything wrong that required an apology, he simply lost a game. Tebow makes this list for the emotional apology he gave after the Florida lost to Ole Miss in 2008. “The Pledge,” as it’s referred to, quickly gained National attention and earned an immortal spot in college football history.
“To the fans and everybody of Gator Nation, I’m sorry. Extremely sorry. We wanted an undefeated season. That was my goal, something Florida has never done here. I promise you one thing, a lot of good will come out of this.
“You will never see any player in the entire country play as hard as I will play the rest of the season. You will never see another player push his team as hard as I will push everybody the rest of the season. You will never see a team play harder than we will the rest of the season. God bless.”
As everyone knows, Tebow led the Gators go unbeaten the rest of the season and eventually won the national championship. Just to add to Tebow’s god-like popularity in Florida, he didn’t lose another game until the 2009 SEC championship, finishing his career with a 23-1 record after making the promise.
To make sure that the world never forgets Tebow’s words, a plaque was affixed to the football building on the Florida Campus this past season with text of the famous speech. Ensuring that, although Tebow may not be immortal like some people believe; his promise to Gator nation will never die.