BamaGrad03 146 Posted August 25, 2006 Share Posted August 25, 2006 http://www.alligator.org/pt2/060825antonio.php The media and the public have been kicked out of practices, but there is still one more distraction the Gators have to deal with.He wears khaki pants and a white shirt, black sunglasses, a straw hat and gives loads of input to players and coaches. So much so, you'd think he was a member of the UF coaching staff. Well, he isn't. He's Bob Tebow, father of backup quarterback Tim Tebow, and you can almost always find him within a foot of his son or Coach Urban Meyer during practice. The Gators kick off the 2006 season in eight days and no one seems to be in the ear of Meyer or Tebow more than Bob, and that can't be a good thing. This is so plain and simple, I'll just say it: Bob Tebow needs to go home. Bob sends a bad signal to the entire team - especially quarterback Chris Leak - when he's cracking jokes with Meyer in the middle of the 2-minute drill. Sure, players' parents are invited to practice and attend, but not every day. And when parents do visit practice, they don't distract Meyer from doing his $2-million-a-year job, like Bob does. With all the friendliness that Meyer shows Bob, one can only guess if his input is being put into the playbook. And who knows how much bad advice Bob is feeding Tebow. Bob is so fanatical about making sure his son succeeds, he doesn't even have time to talk to this writer after practice, saying he has to "talk to my son about what he needs to do." This sort of problem isn't the first of its kind. Just look at what happened last year when one obsessed parent went too far with her son. Patricia Portis, mother of former UF backup quarterback Josh Portis, frequented practices and became a constant annoyance for Meyer and the Gators last season. Patricia voiced her opinion to the media as well, saying that her son deserved more playing time. Portis eventually followed his mother's advice and transferred to Maryland. Tebow, although much better than Portis, is on this same path for destruction. I can only wonder how far away Bob is from Tebow when he's not practicing. Bob probably still packs Tebow a paper-bag lunch, sits next to him in classes and studies with him at night. Heck, he probably bunks in Tebow's dorm to make sure the future UF star quarterback accurately dreams of football glory. How much will it take for Meyer to excuse Bob from practice? Or how much will it take for Meyer to put Bob on the payroll? There's no doubt that Bob is a loving, caring father who only wants the best for his son. But he's going a bit overboard, and it's hurting the Gators. Bob is treated special, hence Tebow is treated like a special something. That is never good when trying to get a team to buy into, well, a "team" concept. If Meyer wants his team to believe that no one is bigger than the game, he needs to excuse Bob from practice. If not, Bob is a pastor, so why not just make him the team chaplain? At least then he could serve a real purpose. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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