NFL alum Tim Tebow has made several career stops since the All-American quarterback graduated from the University of Florida in 2009.

The 34-year-old Tebow was a first-round draft choice of the Broncos in 2010 but was traded to the Jets after a two-year stint in Denver. After one season in New York, he had tryouts in Philadelphia, New England and, most recently, in Jacksonville a year ago. He never was able to regain the on-field success in the NFL that he enjoyed in college. He later played baseball in the New York Mets minor league organization.

Despite his lack of success on the professional sports level, his popularity on the Florida campus never waned. It recently was announced that Tebow will be the commencement speaker at the University’s graduation ceremony later this month.

“Tim Tebow is known as much for his hard work, character and commitment to service as he is for his many achievements,“ says Florida President Kent Fuchs.  “For those reasons, I know the class of 2022 will benefit greatly from his message and perspective. Whether it be in athletics, philanthropy or in his broader life, Tim sets an example for all of us on what it means to be a leader.”

Tebow accepted the University’s invitation to speak at commencement last year but COVID restrictions at the time postponed his appearance.

President Fuchs says that his two primary criteria for an external commencement speaker are 1. someone who has a connection with the University and 2. a person who has made a difference in the world. The eponymous Tim Tebow Foundation certainly has made a difference. It is a Christian-based international organization that helps communities around the globe and is driven by its mission of spreading faith, hope, and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hours of need.

This year’s graduation will be held in the same Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (aka “The Swamp”) where Tebow starred during his collegiate days. More than 6,500 graduates and 45,000 family members and other guests are expected to attend.

We at NFL Alumni congratulate Tim Tebow on his many accomplishments and on his selection as the commencement speaker at his alma mater’s graduation exercise on April 29. Go Gators!