Former Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel waves to the fans during halftime of the orange and blue game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. Saturday, April 9, 2011. (Gary W. Green, Orlando Sentinel / April 9, 2011)
Video: Danny Wuerffel talks about Tim Tebow
Of course, Danny Wuerffel went on to loftier goals as the head of Desire Street Ministries, a Christian-based organization that does charitable work in impoverished urban neighborhoods.
Wuerffel can't quite understand why Tebow gets so much negative attention.
"I don't know very many people who are around Timmy who don't like him," Wuerffel said on our Open Mike radio show the other day. "He's just a hard-working, passionate, committed competitor. There's not a whole lot there not to like. There's just so much Tebowmania and all the things that surround him -- whether it's his style of play, his faith and the other factors of who he is -- that it just creates a stir. ... I do feel bad for him right now because it's a tough spot to be in."
Asked if he thinks Tebow will reach the conclusion he reached himself a decade ago and pursue a faith-based career, Wuerffel replied: "Because of the notoriety Timmy's gotten, he'll obviously have endless life opportunities. Knowing his heart and his passion, I have no doubt that he's going to find a lot of satisfaction in pursuing those opportunities when that time comes. And you never know when it might come. All it takes is one team to believe in you and you're back in it (the NFL)."
Wuerffel, by my estimation is the greatest Gator football player of all-time, but, as you would expect, he humbly deferred to Tebow.
"I would say you'd have to pick Tebow," Wuerffel said, "although there have been a lot of other great ones."
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