Tim Tebow's iconic 'The Promise' was made 10 years ago
Thursday marked a special day in Florida Gators football history – the 10-year anniversary of “The Promise.”
After Florida fell 30-31 at home to Ole Miss, Tebow made an iconic pledge at the postgame press conference.
I just want to say one thing.
To the fans and everybody in Gator Nation, I’m sorry, extremely sorry.
I promise you one thing, a lot of good will come out of this.
You will never see any player in the entire country play as hard as I will play the rest of the season, and you will never see someone push the rest of the team as hard as I will push everybody the rest of the season, and you will never see a team play harder than we will the rest of the season.
Players of all sports regularly pledge to work harder after a loss. Tebow’s “Promise,” however, is remember for the fact he made it at the time Florida was 3-1 with a long season ahead. The Gators finished 13-1. A switch was seemingly flipped. UF not only won, but Urban Meyer’s squad started dominating SEC foes winning 38-7 over Arkansas, 51-21 over then-No. 4 LSU, 63-5 over Kentucky, 49-10 over then-No. 8 Georgia, 42-14 over Vanderbilt and 56-6 over South Carolina.
After “The Promise,” the Gators were simply unbeatable. Nick Saban’s Alabama dynasty had to wait a year as Tebow willed Florida to a 31-20 win in the SEC Championship Game over the Crimson Tide, who came into the game undefeated. Tebow’s “Promise” culminated in a 24-14 win over Oklahoma for the BCS title.
Both Tebow and the Gators marked the 10-year anniversary on Twitter.
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) September 27, 2018
— Florida Gators (@FloridaGators) September 28, 2018
10 years ago today… #ThePromise was made and the rest is history.
— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) September 28, 2018