Former NFL and Florida Gator quarterback Tim Tebow will not have a statue in the United States Capitol anytime soon.
Tebow was among nominees to replace a statue of a Confederate Army general, one of two representing Florida in the Capitol’s National Statuary Hall. The other statue, of scientist-inventor Dr. John Gorrie, a pivotal figure in the invention of air conditioning, will remain.
The National Statuary Hall is composed of statues donated by individual states to honor persons notable in their history. Originally set up in the old Hall of the House of Representatives, the expanding collection has since been spread throughout the Capitol.
A special panel of the Great Floridians Program recommended Bethune-Cookman University founder Mary McLeod Bethune, Publix Super Markets founder George W. Jenkins and author and Everglades defender Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
The kicker to Tebow’s nomination is that in order to be eligible for consideration, nominees had to be a “citizen of the State of Florida, either by birth or residence” and be “deceased for 10 years or more, as of January 1, 2017.”
Well, of course, Tebow is alive and well co-hosting Fox’s Home Free, a show where deserving couples are challenged to revive one run-down home every week.
Could the recommenders have meant Tebow’s football career? Some would say it died on January 8, 2012, after leading the Broncos to an upset playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Coming to the U.S. Capitol in 2022…
…a statue of Tebow sporting his familiar number 15 firing an 80-yard TD to Demaryius Thomas on the first play of overtime.
That was too easy. We love ya, Tim.