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Ex-Gator QB Tim Tebow slides back into SEC TV role

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In the SEC, they still love him.

Down South, he is still an icon.

Tim Tebow, recently released by the Philadelphia Eagles in his most recent attempt to play in the National Football League, is returning the SEC Network. He begins Saturday in a game between Georgia and Vanderbilt.

Tebow remains one of the most popular players ever to play in the SEC, a winner of a Heisman and a pair of national championships at Florida. As a pro, Tebow was a first-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos. In 2011, Tebow posted a 7-4 record and won a playoff game, which made him even more popular among his critics.

He was traded to New York after the Broncos acquired Peyton Manning, however, and rarely played. Many thought this year’s chance to make the Eagles might have been his last.

In college football, however, fans are slower to surrender their heroes, and Tebow retains a credibility from his years he started with the Gators.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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