DAYTONA BEACH -- The Great American Quarterback is at the Great American Race.
UF quarterback Tim Tebow is at the Daytona International Speedway today for the Daytona 500. He was present for the pre-race drivers' meeting, which was attended by celebrities, reporters and, of course, drivers. Tebow, Florida's latest Heisman-winning quarterback, stood next to the Gators' first Heisman winner, Steve Spurrier during the meeting. The two chatted briefly, no doubt asking each other when the heck Lane Kiffin is going to start taking his medication again.
The editorial staff of Gator Clause, Inc., is taking a break from the Gators today and helping out with The Herald's NASCAR coverage. All bets are off, however, when Tebow pops up. Other celebrities present in the drivers' meeting were Tom Cruise, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman. That was kind of awkward.
Most importantly, Dolphins coach Tony Sparano was at the drivers' meeting. Get this, Sparano used to live in Daytona Beach and was a chef at an old Days Inn, which used to be located across from the Speedway. Weird, uh? Sparano lived in Daytona Beach briefly while commuting to the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
Just because I know all the Gators out there HAVE to know this. Here's what Sparano thinks of Tebow:
"I haven't studied him because, obviously, we knew right away he wasn't coming out," Sparano said. "I got a chance to watch him play a few times and I like what he does with the football. The guy throws the ball well and he runs it pretty well and when you see a guy doing those kind of things ... I haven't really studied him, so I can't really comment."