COMMENTARY: Don't miss the chance to relive the memories
Mark the date on your calendars.
October 6, 2018.
You’re not going to want to miss this.
Florida faces LSU that day but don’t expect this Gators squad to steal the show. That’s reserved for Tim Tebow, who will be inducted into UF’s Ring of Honor during the game.
The Gators haven’t given us many memorable moments as of late. Everybody remembers last season’s dreadful 4-7 record, but do you remember their last SEC title?
2008. I had to look it up.
It’s no coincidence that the school is also honoring the 10-year anniversary of that team on the same day Tebow’s name goes into the Ring of Honor.
Being a Gators fan hasn’t been great as of late. The future may seem bright with Dan Mullen now running the show, and that could very well be true, but will anything be truly different this season?
I’m not so sure.
What I am sure of is this — October 6 is going to be one special day, whether the Gators win or lose. Whether you were a student during Tebow’s run or a longtime alumnus, you want to be at this game.
Remember the jump pass against LSU as a freshman?
How about two touchdowns against Ohio State in the national championship later that year?
There was his Heisman trophy season as a sophomore to take the sting out of a 9-4 year. And the fact that Florida State could never touch him in his four years in Gainesville.
Oh, and I know you remember the promise, his heartfelt speech following Florida’s 31-30 loss to Ole Miss in 2008. The game appeared to dash the fans’ hopes of another national championship.
Tebow quickly restored it with a few words
“I just want to say one thing. To the fans and everybody in Gator Nation, I'm sorry, extremely sorry. 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, and you will never see someone push the rest of the team as hard as I will push everybody the rest of the season, and you will never see a team play harder that we will the rest of the season. God bless.”
You believed him, and he delivered. Three months later, Florida defeated Oklahoma 24-14 for the national title.
Tebow gave Gators fans some of, if not their greatest memories in the history of the program. This year’s team may not provide many, but one day this season gives you a chance to relive some of the best.
At least, for one day, you’ll remember what you love most about Gator Nation.
And who knows, maybe Florida will get some revenge on LSU as well.
After all, Tebow will be in the building.