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Report: Teammate consoled crying Tebow before famous 2008 speech

Before former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow’s famous speech in September 2008, he had to be consoled by a teammate.

Before his famous emotional speech in September 2008, former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow had to be consoled by a teammate, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler writes in a story about Urban Meyer’s tenure with the Gators. 

On Sept. 27, 2008, Ole Miss handed Florida its only loss of the season when the Rebels blocked a potential game-tying extra point with 3:28 to play. In his postgame press conference, Tebow gave a passionate speech promising he and his team would play as hard as they could for the rest of the season. A transcript of the speech is engraved on a plaque outside Florida’s football facility.

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While outsiders may have viewed Tebow as the team’s primary leader, the star quarterback was just one of a number of strong voices in the Florida locker room, Fowler writes, and occasionally leaned on others for support. 

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Tebow’s famed “Promise” speech after the Ole Miss loss is now celebrated with a plaque outside The Swamp. What went untold: wide receiver Louis Murphy consoling a sobbing Tebow minutes before that speech, assuring him Florida would win out.

The Gators went on to win the rest of their games, including the SEC championship over top-ranked Alabama and the national championship game against Sam Bradford’s Oklahoma team. 

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