In a travesty of justice, the Sentinel selection committee didn't even make Wuerffel a No. 1 seed, which is utterly and completely ridiculous. The Committee selected Deion Sanders as the No. 1 overall seed even though Deion never won a single national title and was most well-known in college for being the star of FSU's infamous rap video.
Of course, just as I predicted, Deion didn't even make it into the Sweet 16 because this bracket is about who is the GREATEST COLLEGE football player; not who is the most athletically gifted and flashiest college football player who went on to become an NFL superstar. This is why former Florida State quarterback Charlie Ward is still alive and in the Elite 8 of our bracket and Deion isn't.
Now, back to Wuerffel vs. Tebow -- the two players who I have predicted will meet in the national championship of the Sentinel bracket. There's no question Tebow is the most famous college player in state history, but I maintain Wuerffel is the GREATEST.I've said this once and I'll say it again: If Tebow had beaten Alabama in the SEC Championship Game and gone on to win the national title in his senior season then, yes, he would have surpassed Wuerffel, but he didn’t. That’s why, in my mind, Wuerffel is still the Gator gold standard.
I compared the college careers of Wuerffel and Tebow in a column a few years ago so let me resurrect the statistics and reiterate what I wrote then:
Both Tebow and Wuerffel both won one national title and a Heisman as a starting quarterback. Yes, Tebow was a contributor to a second national title but Chris Leak (remember him?), not Tebow, was the starter in 2006.
And don’t forget, Wuerffel as a starter led his team to TWO national title games; Tebow as a stater led his team to one national title game. Wuerffel also gets extra credit for being the first Gator quarterback to lead his team to a national championship. I’ve made this comparison before with Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyer, but I’ll make it again with Tebow and Wuerffel: Tebow is like Boeing , a company that makes a great airplane these days and and has come up with many new aeronautical innovations. Wuerffel is the Wright Brothers.
Then there is this: UF fans, coaches and players always say that winning the Southeastern Conference title is the most important goal every season. Well, then, Tebow’s teams won only two SEC championships; Wuerffel’s teams won four.
Statistically, there’s no question Tebow was a much better runner than Wuerffel, but Wuerffel was unquestionably the better passer. He finished his career with 10,875 passing yards and an SEC record 114 TD passes. Tebow finished his career with 9,286 passing yards and 88 TD passes.
Let me also include this addendum to my past argument: Wuerffel also gets credit for engineering the greatest victory in UF history — a 52-20 rout of Florida State in the 1997 national championship game. Seriously, will it ever get any better for UF fans than clobbering your No. 1 rival in the national title game? The fact that the 52-20 victory over FSU came in Wuerffel’s final college game made his career that much more memorable and special.
Finally, there is this: Tim Tebow became a huge UF fan as a kid because he idolized Danny Wuerffel — on and off the field. And, so, without Danny Wuerffel at UF, there may never have been a Tim Tebow at UF.
There you have it: My argument for why Danny Wonderful, not Timmy Terrific, is the greatest college football player in state history.
But it's up to you -- not me -- to decide who survives and advances.
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