GAINESVILLE -- The Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., set single-day ticket sales records on Saturday and Sunday following Tim Tebow's announcement to play in the game. Tebow should demand a cut.
"It's amazing the affect that Tim Tebow has had on our ticket sales over the past 24 hours," Senior Bowl president and CEO Steve Hale told the Mobile Press-Register. "In my 16 years with the game, I have never seen a single player spark so much interest from our ticket buyers. We have reached record numbers since his announcement, and our staff is working overtime to fulfill the needs of college football fans.
"This is a true testament to the way college football fans feel about Tim's illustrious career."
The Senior Bowl sold 1,200 tickets on Saturday when news broke that Tebow would play in the postseason all-star game. On Sunday, the Senior Bowl sold 1,800 tickets. Monday will likely bring more records. Tebow is out to prove that he can succeed as a pro quarterback and his first impression (post college, of course) will be in Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium at 4 p.m. on Jan.30.
"I'm very excited," Tebow said. "It's something where I get to an opportunity to play with a lot of great players and get coached by a lot of great coaches in the NFL and an opportunity to work in the an NFL system and do things that a lot of people haven't seen me do like go under center and take the drops and be in a pro-style system."
Tebow will play for the South all-star team during the Senior Bowl and will be instructed throughout the week by the Miami Dolphins' coaching staff. (Thundercat Offense anyone?) Players arrive in Mobile, Ala., on Jan.24.