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Tim Tebow: I got your back, Mr. President

Obama2 Among the many highlights of the Florida Gators' trip to the White House on Thursday was quarterback Tim Tebow's words of encouragement to President Barack Obama.

According to Tebow, he looked President Obama "in the eye" and told him "we're behind" you and "praying for" you ... So, the President has got that going for him.

During his address to the team, President Obama recognized Tebow's "Promise Speech," which Tebow delivered to reporters and fans following the Gators' 2008 loss to Ole Miss. President Obama was in Oxford, Miss., the day the Rebels defeated Florida at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

"I remember watching the upset when you guys lost to Ole Miss. I was actually doing a debate in Ole Miss right before the game. I remember Tim apologizing -- watching him on TV apologizing to Gators fans and laying down a challenge to himself, making a commitment, a promise that in fact they were going to push as hard as he -- they could and he was going to personally take it upon himself to make sure that you never see a team play harder than we will the rest of the season.

"You know, that's the kind of leadership that you want to see from all our young people -- taking responsibility, challenging yourself and others, rising to the moment. You didn't promise that the Gators would win every game the rest of the way, but it's a testament to his leadership that they did because he said we'll always play hard."

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