Should Tebow have been in the game?

Kentucky's Taylor Wyndham sack of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow forced Tebow to leave the game. (MCT)

Kentucky's Taylor Wyndham sack of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow forced Tebow to leave the game. (MCT)

Would you have left an ill Tim Tebow in the game, leading Kentucky 31-7 late in third quarter?

Florida coach Urban Meyer did, and the result was not pretty in Saturday night’s SEC game in Lexington.

Tebow took a vicious hit and, after several minutes of lying motionless on his back, had to be helped off the field. He was seen vomiting on the sidelines and eventually had to be taken out of the stadium in an ambulance.

Meyer visited with Tebow’s parents at the stadium and later told reporters he believed his star had suffered a concussion.

Florida went on to win 41-7.

118 comments Add your comment

Jenny

September 26th, 2009
11:49 pm

HELL NO SEND URBAN TO NOTRE DAME HE SUCKS

KJ

September 26th, 2009
11:50 pm

Guess we have a press conference to look forward to, where Tebow apologizes for vomiting and pledges that nobody will work harder than he will the rest of the season to ensure that he doesn’t vomit again. Which will get replayed ad nauseum on ESPN, and endlessly praised by Verne Lundquist.

I’m feeling a little nauseous myself.

mark

September 26th, 2009
11:54 pm

i dont blame meyer. at that point the gators werent guaranteed a win. this week, and season for that matter, has been full of upsets and sec teams can cover a few touchdown spread quickly if they get their act together. i do blame the kentucky defender for a malicious hit that was uncalled for. there is no need to purposely try and hurt another player. i do believe that was the intent. the defender hit tebow up high and led with his helmet. it was obvious he was going to get a sack but he wanted to make a show of it. hopefully tebow will get a good report from the docs.

Mitch

September 26th, 2009
11:54 pm

May the Lord help Him soon to recover and protect Tim from further injury.

Raychel

September 26th, 2009
11:56 pm

yall needa get off tebow and urban; yall needa stop bein hatin ass hoes they did what they could now.

Gbait3

September 26th, 2009
11:58 pm

Fire Urban and see if you can get Jimbo Fisher away from fsu. Notice their QB didn’t get hurt today.

Scott

September 27th, 2009
12:02 am

@Mark – It wasn’t a malicious hit. It was just a good hard hit. It wasn’t even the hit that hurt Tebow, it was Tebow’s head slamming into his teammate’s leg on the way down that caused the concussion.

sarfdawg

September 27th, 2009
12:04 am

Mark, “a malicious hit?” This is football. His intent was to drill Tebow while he wasn’t looking and cause a fumble, and oddly enough, he did just that. I am a Georgia guy, and I really don’t want to see Tebow get hurt. Great human being and a great role model for all kids. That said, the UK player was playing football, not trying to hurt Tim.

SHS

September 27th, 2009
12:13 am

I agree with Mark. I feel confident that Coach Meyer sought and followed medical advice of the doctors who work with the team regarding allowing Tim Tebow to play in the UF-UK game. The big problem was with Rich Brooks, his coaching staff and and his team. Apparently they attempt to conceal lack of skill, talent, and ability as well as mediocre coaching, with unsportsmanlike conduct (note the number of penalties they received on this game alone) and vicious hits whose only intent is to cause bodily harm to opposing team players. Going after a quarterback in that manner is particularly egregious because they are extremely vulnerable as they pass the ball. I cannot think of a word bad enough to describe Rich Brooks and his band of undisciplined, untalented, poorly prepared thugs.

IlliniBrave

September 27th, 2009
12:18 am

I’m feeling kinda guilty over feeling kinda happy that Teabag might miss a few games.

mark

September 27th, 2009
12:19 am

there is a difference in playing football and trying to look like joe cool for knocking out a exceptional player. and to say his injury was solely from the impact with the offensive linemans knee is a bit of assumption. an impact to the side of the head is just as dangerous as one to the back of the head. also if he was after a fumble it would be smarter to go after the ball (players midsection) and not someones head (as demonstrated tonight).

Channah!

September 27th, 2009
12:23 am

Mark, you are dead on. That was clearly a helmet to helmet hit. He dropped his head at the last moment as evidenced by the slo-mo replay.

mark

September 27th, 2009
12:25 am

channah!- yep look at the pic on this page. helmet has made contact before hands

CATlanta

September 27th, 2009
12:48 am

That was NOT a malicious hit by the Kentucky defender. He led with his shoulder and made a clean hit. The commentators confirmed that. Watching the play live and the replay, it was obvious that hurting Tebow was not his intent. Football is a physical sport and the UK defender was clearly just doing his job. Any football player would do the same. Also, UK’s penalties were mostly illegal formations and false starts, NOT unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.

Straight from the horse’s mouth, “When I got up and saw he was hurt, I was kind of upset about it,” Wyndham said. “It’s football, but you always hope that nobody gets injured.
“It was a good hit, a clean hit. I’m sorry he got hurt; I wish the best for him.”

You can’t say much more than that, or put it any better. Tim Tebow is one heck of a football player and I wish him a fast and speedy recovery.

Channah!

September 27th, 2009
12:51 am

@SHS -

I couldn’t agree more. It was very telling watching the hot headed Brooks blow up on call after call. Poor dsicipline hurt UK dearly early on in the game.

It’s no wonder he is a losing career record. I’ve had coaches like that. They are embarrassing. The fact that he and the player were so quick to say it was a legal hit is telling.

I would say that Brantley should have been in earlier, but I’m sure Tebow wanted to be over center.

GO JACKETS!

Mike

September 27th, 2009
12:52 am

Don’t blame the victims. It’s the Kentucky player and his coaches who deserves the blame for this. It was shameful to watch him and his teammates celebrate while Tim lay on the turf seriously injured. They knew they had already lost, so they were just trying to get revenge by hurting Tim. They should not be allowed to play football for the rest of their lives. I know Tim will bounce back with God’s help, but those responsible for this should be punished.

ckgator

September 27th, 2009
1:10 am

The hit was clean and not that devastating. The real trauma occurred on the way down – when he hit is head on his own player’s knee.

Forget football or the shoulda woulda’s. A little more energy and the injury could have been much worse. Here’s to a speedy recovery for Tim but for his health first, and football second.

Go Gators!

BugKiller

September 27th, 2009
2:08 am

Things running through Tebow’s mind when he got hurt:

1) God won’t let me die a virgin!

2) Now who’s gonna perform unnecessary circumcisions without a mohel’s license on all those poor Philippine kids?

3) His offensive tackle’s knee!!!

… Too soon?

SC Dawg

September 27th, 2009
2:25 am

hey mark, quit your crying. football is a vicious game. it was a clean hit and if you watch the replay the big hit came from his own player. so stfu

Channah!

September 27th, 2009
2:31 am

I love the folks that are so certain it was the knee that did all the damage.

There is no telling if he was conscious on the way down. Most likely the damage was caused by 2 factors:
- helmet to helmet tackle caused his head to jerk back
- helmet to knee abruptly stopped head, soft brain tissue affected

Regardless, look at the picture. Why is Wyndham saying he didn’t want to be that guy? He clearly felt bad. Of course he says it was legal. The announcers are not going to criticize the ref either. That is discouraged by the NCAA and basically all leagues.

I wouldn’t wish that hit on Mike Vick. And I can’t stand him.

Brollin

September 27th, 2009
6:18 am

He should not been in the game. Up 4 by td’s no need for him to be in the game the deffense controlled the whole gae and the o line has controled the game. The back up should have been in the game. Uf was trying to run up the score.
Clean hit may have knocked the wind out of him but his head snaped back on his own player knee. e

dawgdip

September 27th, 2009
6:32 am

No need for him to be still in the game except to jack up the score. Did his loving coach even go out on the field to check on him? Maybe I missed that.

SEC fan

September 27th, 2009
7:32 am

Clean hit, he should not have been in the game. Sour grapes from the Gator fans, I remember in the SEC championship game last year how the Gator players were kicking the Bama players laying on the ground as time was running down. Don’t talk about sportsmanship when the Gators are clearly the most unsportsmanlike team around. They had Tebow in trying to run up the score, and would probably be calling timeouts at the end to pad his statistics. I wish the best for Tebow, because he is a fine human being and a great football player, but Urban Meyer is a whiner and can’t stand it when the shoe is on the other foot. Chalk it up, no #1 for this year, you heard it here first.

FloridaDawg

September 27th, 2009
7:41 am

At the time this happened, Tim Tebow was in the game ONLY to pad his numbers and run up the score.
When a team or most likely the head coach, Meyer, wants to run up the score, the other team doesn’t like it…that was the un-sportsman part of this thing.
You knew this was coming at some point.
I hope Tebow is going to be OK…but he has a “classless coach” on the sidelines.

Brian D Smith

September 27th, 2009
7:53 am

Sour grapes, FloridaDawg

johnny reb

September 27th, 2009
7:54 am

Of course he’s “Superman”.

mmjhokiegirl

September 27th, 2009
8:23 am

No, he should not have been in the game. If Meyer had an ounce of decency and class the backup would have already been in the game.

The real problem for the Gators is that without Tebow they can’t waive around the Tebow Jesus flag covering up the sins of the rest of the players. When will the media exposure the thuggery on this team- UF the Miami of the 2000s.

TampaGator

September 27th, 2009
8:29 am

Florida Dawg…there is nothing classless about Urban Meyer. The man is nothing but first class, except for his dislike for Lame Duck Kiffin. Instead of running his players onto the field, he just calls time outs to make a point about. Which is more classless? Tebow was on the field because he and his receivers needed game work together…period, and the game was not “won” at the time either. Cox would have been playing if Georgia had had the same kind of lead. But Lord help any team that falls more than one touchdown down against the Gators with the Gators defense. That defense is more super than superman.

TampaGator

September 27th, 2009
8:33 am

But what was classless….the Kentucky fans cheering as Tebow lay motionless and obviously seriously hurt on the field. And the Kentucky players seeing Tebow that way, pointing at him, and celebrating. Why was a penalty flag not thrown for unsportsmanlike conduct on those K-players? The actual hit, I thought, was a clean one. The K-player actually tried to lower his head just before the hit. The fall is what hurt Tebow.

HoCoJo

September 27th, 2009
8:37 am

Kentucky made a great hit/tackle on Tebow. Nuff said.

TampaGator

September 27th, 2009
8:38 am

dawgdip…yes he did. And he even was with Tebow on the sidelines checking on him after he was sitting up on the bench. You guys have no idea the kind of person Meyer is. Nothng but hate for a great coach. You only wish you had Urban Meyer and his coaching staff. If you did, you would be 4-0 like the Gators.

HoCoJo

September 27th, 2009
8:39 am

Tebow made a great run in the 1st half, and taunted the Kentucky D-backs after the run. Where was the penalty flag then?

TampaGator

September 27th, 2009
8:47 am

By the way, I caught the end of the Az. State game. Congratulations to all DECENT Dawg fans on a great, well-played victory. Green is just a remarkable player. Go SEC!

poopdawg

September 27th, 2009
8:51 am

TampaGator , which is more classless? Richt didn’t send his players running on the field, He asked the players on the field to show some emotion after scoring the 1st touchdown. The players on the sideline joined in the celebration but were not told to storm the field . But i’m pretty the timeouts were called directly by coach urban meyer. So which is more classless? I have no problem with Tebow being in the game when the hit occured, and the hit on Tebow was clean old fashion football. Tebow has more class in his pinkie toe ,than Urban will ever have. We will see what kind of coach Urban Meyer is next year without Tebow .

FalconUGAFan

September 27th, 2009
9:04 am

Thanks TampaGator for the kind words about the UGA game. I like the win, but we are still making too many mistakes. I feel there was a bit of improvement on defense, but turnovers and fundamental play is killing us. A win is good but we need to step it up for the SEC elites coming up on the schedule.

DP

September 27th, 2009
9:05 am

The people who are claiming a helmet to helmet hit are delusional. The defensive player led with his shoulder. It was a clean hit.

This game was over at the end of the first quarter with the score 31-0. I can’t see any reason Tebow was still in the game late in Q3, particularly given that he had the flu, other than Meyer wanting to pad his stats for the Heisman. Florida is #1 and controls its destiny; there is no reason for them to run up the score.

I had been thinking it was a matter of time until Tebow got hurt, but thought it would be on a collision in a short yardage situation like he had at the goal line in the first quarter last night or the one with Eric Berry the week before. He had 24 carries for 76 yards against UT. I don’t know if there’s a running back in the SEC who has carried the ball 24 times in a game this year. Why subject your quarterback to so many collisions every week? How is it that a team which gets a top 5 recruiting class every year has to rely on its QB to make every 3rd and 2? Can Meyer not develop a short yardage running back, or is it all about Heismans for Tebow?

Tebow is a great person and a great player and I hope this is not a serious concussion. As we’ve seen with Troy Aikman and others, once a player has a concussion he is more susceptible to having more of them. Hopefully Meyer will have enough sense to stop running Tebow into the line on every short yardage situation.

poopdawg

September 27th, 2009
9:05 am

Another thing TampaGator , do you think coach Richt would be calling and texting a recruit every 5 minutes while that recruit was visiting another school . Thats exactly what your classy coach did while the recruit was visiting Tennesee. Thats what started the whole Kiffin deal.

Carlton Powell

September 27th, 2009
9:10 am

Thirty One to seven, and your “aircraft carrrier” QB is still in the game? Now, because of a hard hit-clean or not-you have a player under observation with a potentially serious closed head injury. I DO question Myer’s motives and agenda. The dark side of my personality says that because the Gators didn’t beat TN last week by 50+ points as everyone expected, he wanted to make this some kind of a “statement” game. I hope I am wrong.

AtlGtr

September 27th, 2009
9:11 am

Urban should have benched his prized QB after 1st series of 3rd qtr. Tebow’s backup needs more time on the field when outcome is assured.

That said, give peace a chance, and 10-day rest for Heisman hopeful. Dawgs beware. Danger around the bend.

jcurtis62

September 27th, 2009
9:26 am

Enter your comments hereNo, Kentucky was not a threat and this just show Myers personally of trying to run it up. He’s goin to get Tebow seriously hurt and it will ruin any chance for an NFL career,which is already slim

Instant Classic1

September 27th, 2009
9:37 am

A little history lesson:

Urban’s first trip to UK 5 years ago and UF goes up 42-3 by halftime and he pulls his starters. He has to put his 1st team offense back in the game in the fourth quarter. He learned his lesson and now goes for 60 minutes. If your team doesn’t want to play the whole game, not his problem.

Vontaze Burflict for ASU is an absolute stud.

Zdawg

September 27th, 2009
10:02 am

You know that I hate FL, but I hope Tebow is all right. The world could use a lot more Tim Tebows, not playing for UF but in Congress!

TampaGator

September 27th, 2009
10:02 am

PoopDog…just about every coach does that, especially when a committed athlete is visiting another campus. Nothing wrong with it. The classless part was Kiffin calling Meyer a cheater on TV.

ckgator

September 27th, 2009
10:04 am

Congrats to the Dawgs on a solid win. I did not want to see another SEC team lose to a PAC 10 school. Way to man up and pull it out!

Looking to hear some good news on Tebow – for him and his family first… and football second.

TampaGator

September 27th, 2009
10:05 am

DP..if you were the Florida coach, they would be 0-4 right now.

TampaGator

September 27th, 2009
10:07 am

And poopDawg…he is the same coach who won the NC with Chris Leak as his QB when Zook couldn’t beat Miss. State with the same team.

Call it Like It Is

September 27th, 2009
10:07 am

Hey to all of you classless haters out there, you have no class.

What has Tebow done to any of you?

If someone gets hurt, the focus changes from a dumb game to what matters most in life. A lot of you classless MORONS would feel differently if that someone on the field were a relative or a family member.

What a bunch of clowns. I feel sorry for you!

Enough Said!

TampaGator

September 27th, 2009
10:09 am

HoCoJO…watch the game more closely. After Tebow’s great run, he pointed to the Gator fans in the end zone and asked them to cheer louder. It had nothing to do with Kentucky. He was trying to get the Florida fans cheering louder, which they did.

Dawgdad

September 27th, 2009
10:33 am

It is not just Meyer. Whatever happenned to the days when coaches worked to get the backup QB into the game to get them some experience. Last year it was Matt Stafford playing every down even when the game was effectively over. I feel we lost the first game against Okla St for many reasons, but one was lack of PT for Joe Cox in the last two years. Tebow should not have been in the game. I saw the score and knew he was ill and switched over to see if he was in the game, not because I had any doubt about the outcome. Sure enough there was Tim and then wham. Meyer got what he deserved.

TampaGator

September 27th, 2009
10:37 am

By the way, from what I watched yesterday, the best team right now in the SEC is Bama. Florida and Bama’s defenses are equal, but Bama’s offense right now is better than the Gator offense. If they play in the SEC title game this year, it will probably be for the National Title. And it will be a real head knocker.