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Gainesville welcomes anyone/everyone for Pro Day

We reported last night that the folks in Gainesville expect a crowd of more than 10,000 for Wednesday’s Pro Day workout, featuring quarterback Tim Tebow.

It’s an unconventional approach, but the Gainesville Sun reports that the powers-that-be have welcomed the general public to attend Tebow’s workout at the Gators’ home stadium.

So why are they doing it?  One explanation would be to demonstrate his drawing power, which could make a team like the Jaguars more inclined to be patient with Tebow’s catapult-launch throwing motion, if it means that eventually the tarps can be used for something other than covering up seats that never will be sold.

Then there’s the reality that the presence of friendly faces and supportive voices could help Tebow calm down and, you know, not fumble seven snaps.

Cue the Gators fans who believe that any acknowledgment of reality equals “hating.”

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43 Responses to “Gainesville welcomes anyone/everyone for Pro Day”
  1. Bucfs says: Mar 17, 2010 8:31 AM

    Think of Tebow as this way…
    you are playing a deck of cards and you always end up with a three of a kind Aces and you know that your opponent always ends up with three of a kind queens. (Tebow in college could throw like Bryan Leftwich and run like Mike Alstott)
    However now that Tebow is in the NFL his three of a kind aces will lose to a full house, straight etc…
    Just like when Tebow enters the NFL he’ll be beat down by the linemen and linebackers and will get one lick till he realizes he’ll have to make like peyton manning and kneal before getting hit
    his throwing motion won’t change, he’s a phenominal athlete in the NCAA but in the NFL its an entirely different game.
    if he goes to Jags he’ll stink, however if he goes to a team with a solid veteran at QB he’ll be able to learn his ways and maybe fold those aces and wisely wait to the next hand is dealt

  2. Seth says: Mar 17, 2010 8:33 AM

    Way to generalize criticism toward your attitude of Tebow, Florio. I’m an LSU fan and HATE Florida. Your coverage of Tebow, though, rubs even ME the wrong way. Its a cross between beating a dead horse and mocking a kid with Down Syndrome. We get it. Chillax a little. What did the guy do to you anyway? Steal your hair gel?

  3. pftfanboy says: Mar 17, 2010 8:50 AM

    there isnt anything unfair about this little piece of yours.
    but you are a bit of a Tebow hater.
    just saying.

  4. The Real Shuxion says: Mar 17, 2010 8:51 AM

    If the JAGS draft Tebow and still stink I doubt those tarp seats will be sold. If the Jags want to sell out they will need to be a playoff team EVERY year.

  5. DoctorK says: Mar 17, 2010 8:56 AM

    I am hopeful that the Steelers are well-represented.

  6. evilboy128 says: Mar 17, 2010 8:59 AM

    wow Florio, between the scripture writing, the Bryon Leftwich jokes, and your Tarp jokes(which NEVER get old, UGH) your continued “hate” for the city and people of Jacksonville, The Jaguars, and now (possibly by association) Tim Tebow and Gainesville, is getting pretty “transparent”

  7. Outlaw Jersey Whales says: Mar 17, 2010 9:03 AM

    It will also give him an opportunity, perhaps, of throwing in rainy conditions since that is what is happening here (albeit 200 miles south) right now.

  8. FlorezHilton.com says: Mar 17, 2010 9:05 AM

    Unconfirmed sources say that Tim Tebow has been seen around the Orlando area with Lance Bass.

  9. steeelfann says: Mar 17, 2010 9:06 AM

    The Steelers are well-represented. Always. That is why they have so many rings, Silly.

  10. Big Stretch says: Mar 17, 2010 9:06 AM

    I really hope that Buffalo does not end up with this guy, I would hate to have to root for a
    Gay-tor.
    Go Noles

  11. dabarber says: Mar 17, 2010 9:07 AM

    How much are they charging at the door?

  12. Sid Bream's Moustache says: Mar 17, 2010 9:08 AM

    Good lord. Getting defensive about being “a hater because of acknowledging reality”?
    You’ve developed a very well deserved reputation because of your very concious decision to be what I can best describe as a “Hater”. Just because you superficially assert you aren’t doesn’t change the facts.

  13. Duan says: Mar 17, 2010 9:08 AM

    I with Buc on this one
    Seems like a nice kid, nothing fake about him.
    However he needs to go to a team that can groom him, if he wants to stay at quarterback.
    I think H-Back and Fullback will be his best options to get on the field and play, TE as a second option, third as a wild cat quarterback.
    Football comparison, to me at least, he reminds me of a bigger slower version of Mike Vick. A running back, playing quarterback.

  14. Efus says: Mar 17, 2010 9:10 AM

    While I agree on Tebow’s skill assessment, maybe UF is helping the young man a bit, by displaying one of his intangibles, the fact that the guy can get fans to BUY tickets to come watch him play. And you betcha, the folks in J’ville and Carolina are watching him.
    A little more objectivity, and a little less Play Station attitude, I think would have been beneficial to your thoughts…but I get the schtick.

  15. whoaleckna says: Mar 17, 2010 9:12 AM

    lots to see there, no just tebow.
    wish you’d have a little more on the pro days.

  16. DCPowerGator says: Mar 17, 2010 9:21 AM

    he’s just jealous. WVU could only get 10k people in their football stadium in march a tractor pull, pro wrestling event or celebrity couch burn-off.

  17. DCPowerGator says: Mar 17, 2010 9:25 AM

    even i have to defend florio regarding the tarp jokes… IMO that will continue to be a funny/sad situation until the tarps come off due to a resurgence in ticket sales or the relocation of the team to the extreme opposite end of I-10.

  18. jliskiew says: Mar 17, 2010 9:29 AM

    Yes, because of all the places in the United States, Florio has it in for the city of Jacksonville…

  19. Rex Grossman says: Mar 17, 2010 9:32 AM

    Tim Tebow wipes Rex Grossman’s ass. I hope you all know this. Straight up gunslinger Grossman.

  20. Danny N. says: Mar 17, 2010 9:37 AM

    What the hell would the University of Florida care about who the Jacksonville Jaguars pick? You hack. Quit trying to string together conspiracies. UF is doing it to make some money on concessions. No more, no less. Quit being a such a cunt, you cunt.

  21. Duan says: Mar 17, 2010 9:42 AM

    Rex “Dr. Jekyl/Mr. Hide” Grossman – Tim Tebow wipes your behind!?
    lol!!!!!!!

  22. Reasonable says: Mar 17, 2010 9:44 AM

    Florio has seen “Private Parts” one too many times. He think it will work for him too. The people that like him will check in often. The people that hate him will check in more often just to see what he says next. This will work until someone else creates the same type of format with more, some, a thread, of professionalism. As it stands, it’s the best place to read about all 32 teams. For now.

  23. -RoNiN- says: Mar 17, 2010 9:48 AM

    I seem to remember some other media person (help me out here PFT planet) being criticized by this VERY site (Florio), for making predictions in absolutes! There IS a possibility that Tebow COULD be successful in the NFL.. but that possibility has never received a write up on this site.. just sayin’

  24. Laxer37 says: Mar 17, 2010 9:52 AM

    Not a Florida fan, but even so I can’t understand the constant hate directed at Tim Tebow.
    The guy has said and done all the right things his entire career. It’s OK to question whether he can ever develop into an NFL QB, but I don’t understand all the media types that are clearly giddy at the thought of him failing.
    He’s a big boy that can take the criticism, but whatever happend to getting behind a guy that is clearly working hard to get better?

  25. DoctorK says: Mar 17, 2010 9:54 AM

    steeelfan, as a fellow Steeler fan, I hope you are right. Tebow will be a good QB if given the right circumstances. Pittsburgh would be it.

  26. mission says: Mar 17, 2010 9:58 AM

    What kind of loser has nothing to do but sit around in the stands and watch Tim Tebow throw a football around? Really?
    Gotta love northern Florida. Almost as bad as rural Georgia.

  27. CYGNUS X-1 says: Mar 17, 2010 10:03 AM

    let’s see just because you have spent every waking moment the last couple of months writing all the negative things you can think of about this kid why would anyone get the idea you are a hater?

  28. JaxJagtixholder says: Mar 17, 2010 10:24 AM

    Tebow to the Jags? I wouldn’t worry about that

  29. MrWhite says: Mar 17, 2010 10:26 AM

    Without the tarps, Jacksonville Stadium would be the 4th largest stadium in the league. With the tarps, it is still larger than Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis, etc…
    Point being, it’s a hard stadium to fill for a small market, especially when the area is full of Gator Queens who could only land a job as Fry Manager at Wendy’s.
    A better idea than moving the team would be moving the low class, white trash Gator faithful to “the other side of I-10″ and bringing in a group of people capable of supporting the NFL.
    I know the sales of mobile homes, ’87 Dodge Ram pickups with oversize tires, and armless t-shirts will suffer but it’s a chance I’m willing to take.

  30. purpleguy says: Mar 17, 2010 10:26 AM

    Come on, it’s just too easy to make cracks regarding attendance at his workout exceeding average home game attendance at Jaguar games.

  31. topcide says: Mar 17, 2010 10:46 AM

    evilboy128 says:
    March 17, 2010 8:59 AM
    wow Florio, between the scripture writing, the Bryon Leftwich jokes, and your Tarp jokes(which NEVER get old, UGH) your continued “hate” for the city and people of Jacksonville, The Jaguars, and now (possibly by association) Tim Tebow and Gainesville, is getting pretty “transparent”
    ————————————————–
    If a team wins, makes the playoffs, and generally is an OK team, and people don’t show up to the games to the point where tarps are required it’s fair game.
    Bottom line, if a city can’t and won’t support a winning team, then that team shouldn’t be there.
    Same case with the Florida Marlins, they have have 2 world series relatively recently, the onwer spends money, and the stands are empty. time to move the club to portland or something like that.

  32. GoJags436 says: Mar 17, 2010 11:17 AM

    Do Jaguar fans need to do a better job? Of course we do. But the tarps give the stadium a capacity of 67,000. Without them, the stadium seats about 80,000. So – make sure you read slow, Florio – the tarps make the stadium in line with an NFL facility.
    The Jags wanted a smaller stadium, but the city required it be built that big to host the FL/GA game & the Gator Bowl. You’d think an attorney would know this stuff & maybe educate fans on this “Pro Football Talk” website. I guess it’s easier to score cheap points by bashing. No surprise.

  33. Richierich420 says: Mar 17, 2010 11:22 AM

    Rain on Florida’s pro day. A sign from God?

  34. shannscott2000 says: Mar 17, 2010 11:24 AM

    It’s funny how a guy that loves Pat “Good Night” White so much could hate on Tebow as much as he does.
    I’m trying to imagine a ‘perfect storm’ article where Florio could somehow combine his hatred of Tim Tebow with his love of that retarded phrase ‘Underwear Olympics’ that ends with Najeh Davnport taking a duece in a clothes hamper while giving Pat White a back rub.
    That would be Pullitzer-worthy.

  35. DoomsDayD75 says: Mar 17, 2010 11:56 AM

    Tebow just needs to shut the F up about Jesus. All the time with this guy. Jesus this and Jesus that. We get it. You love Jesus. You think he’s going to come and take us all to some magical kingdom in the sky. That’s super but it doesn’t have a damn thing to do with football.
    If some prospect was talking about how awesome it is being an atheist every time somebody stuck a microphone in his face all you bible thumpers would be bitching about it nonstop.
    I have a secret to tell you guys though. The bible was written by humans and is no different than Greek Mythology or Norse Mythology. You can tell because of all the flying lambs, giants, magic and all that other crazy crap in there that was clearly made up and has no basis in reality. Now if I mention this every time anyone ever talks to me I can be a hero just like Tim Tebow.

  36. evilboy128 says: Mar 17, 2010 12:14 PM

    topside said
    “If a team wins, makes the playoffs, and generally is an OK team, and people don’t show up to the games to the point where tarps are required it’s fair game.
    Bottom line, if a city can’t and won’t support a winning team, then that team shouldn’t be there.
    Same case with the Florida Marlins, they have have 2 world series relatively recently, the onwer spends money, and the stands are empty. time to move the club to portland or something like that.”
    You have SO little an idea of what your talking about it boggles the mind…but like Florio, your feigned (or true) ignorance of the facts of the tarp situation is pathetic.

  37. Mean D says: Mar 17, 2010 12:15 PM

    DoomsDayD75 is a jackass. Maybe if Tebow talked about sexually molesting college girls, carrying illegal firearms, smoking crack and killing dogs GoonsDay would dig him. You, punk, are a turd. And we all know that you are a biased ass, Florio.

  38. edgy1957 says: Mar 17, 2010 12:54 PM

    DoomsDayD75 says:
    Tebow just needs to shut the F up about Jesus.
    ****************************
    Baloney, I’m no “Jesus Freak” but the guy is what he is. I would rather have a guy like him or TO than fakes that don’t want to say anything that could hurt their careers. At least with Tebow and TO, you get their true feelings when you ask them a question. It may not be what YOU want to hear but it’s how they really feel (I’ve long said that if you don’t like what you hear from TO then don’t ask him a question).
    Tebow will bring in to any team a group of fans that would never have thought about buying tickets and that’s what teams will factor in when they draft him or go after him, if he’s undrafted. I’m not a big Tebow fan but I appreciated what he did as a college football player. The other stuff is the other stuff and that appeals to other people and while it might turn you off, it will attract others.
    One other thing, I think that those people who are getting on to Tebow have very short memories because there are plenty of guys in the NFL who will start off their end of game interviews with “Winning was great but first, I’d like to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ…” and they are very active in their church and community and they talk about how “blessed” they are when they’re interviewed and yet, they don’t get crap from people HERE or any where else.
    I’m just saying that for a country that should be practicing more religious tolerance, there are quite a few offenders on all sides. As a person who gets persecuted for being a Muslim (even though I’m a Native American Lutheran, who only looks Arab when he wears a beard), I can say that the Christians aren’t any better than the people that they accuse of persecuting them.

  39. edgy1957 says: Mar 17, 2010 12:55 PM

    BTW, Bruce Feldman, of ESPN, had a cautionary tale on his blog about fiddling with a QB’s motion.

  40. Sean Bowen says: Mar 17, 2010 1:10 PM

    I heard Tebow was gonna take Simon’s place on American Idol next year!!

  41. DoctorK says: Mar 17, 2010 1:17 PM

    Well said, Mean D. That’s a complete moron talking. If I’ve heard Tebow talking once, I’ve heard him talking a million times. I laugh at all of the hatred that the guy brings out. It kind of proves his lifestyle, which incidentally he never talks about.
    It’s a sad day when a guy gets ridiculed for doing things the right way. It’s a sad day when idiots on a message board can’t talk about a guy’s football skill –which at the pro level, is pure speculation—and choose to attack him because of his beliefs.
    Says a lot about our culture.
    I hope the guy makes it big.

  42. topcide says: Mar 17, 2010 1:46 PM

    evilboy128 says:
    March 17, 2010 12:14 PM
    topside said
    “If a team wins, makes the playoffs, and generally is an OK team, and people don’t show up to the games to the point where tarps are required it’s fair game.
    Bottom line, if a city can’t and won’t support a winning team, then that team shouldn’t be there.
    Same case with the Florida Marlins, they have have 2 world series relatively recently, the onwer spends money, and the stands are empty. time to move the club to portland or something like that.”
    You have SO little an idea of what your talking about it boggles the mind…but like Florio, your feigned (or true) ignorance of the facts of the tarp situation is pathetic
    ————————————————-
    I grasp the concept of the tarps, but the fact remains even with the tarps, THERE WERE STILL A SH*IT TON OF BLACKOUTS.

  43. Laxer37 says: Mar 17, 2010 3:23 PM

    @ DoomsDayD75
    Angry much?

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