While in Lexington for tomorrow’s SEC Nation, Tim Tebow took a controversial stance on one of the biggest issues in college sports.
On ESPN’s First Take, the legendary Florida quarterback spoke out against the new California law allowing student-athletes to earn money from their names, images and likenesses, arguing that it will ruin college football.
“I feel like I have a little credibility and knowledge about this because when I was at the University of Florida, I think my jersey was one of the top-selling jerseys around the world. It was like Kobe, LeBron and then I was right behind them. I didn’t make a dollar from it and nor did I want to because I knew going into college what it was all about.
“I knew going to Florida, my dream school, where I wanted to go, the passion for it and if I could support my team, support my college, support my University, that’s what it’s all about. But now, we’re changing it from ‘us’ from ‘we’ from ‘my university’ from being an alumni where I care, which makes college football and college sports special, to then, ‘Okay it’s not about us. It’s not about we, it’s just about me.’
“And, yes, I know we live in a selfish culture where it’s all about us but we’re just adding and piling it onto that. Where it changes, what’s special about college football. We turn it into the NFL, where who has the most money, that’s where you go. That’s why people are more passionate about college sports than they are about the NFL.
“That’s why the stadiums are bigger in college than they are in the NFL, because it’s about your team, it’s about your university, it’s about where my family wanted to go, it’s about where my grandfather had a dream of seeing Florida win an SEC championship and you’re taking that away. And, you’re taking that away so that young kids can earn a dollar and that’s just not where I feel college football needs to go. There’s that opportunity in the NFL, but not college football.”
— First Take (@FirstTake) September 13, 2019
Hoo-boy, that’ll get people talking. I bet we’ll hear more on The Paul Finebaum Show, which starts in 30 minutes live from UK’s campus, and obviously, SEC Nation tomorrow morning.
Maybe Tebow was all worked up from lifting weights with Kash Daniel?
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) September 13, 2019