While we await to see if the deal goes through (it appears it will; Tebow updated his Facebook info this week to reflect the news), Celebuzz spoke exclusively with Tebow’s former coach Craig Howard, who guided the Tebow and the Nease High School Panthers to a state championship in 2005.
So, how will Tim do in the Big Apple?
“That guy is an interesting guy,” Howard said. “It seems, wherever he’s gone, success has followed. When he went to Nease High School, and came in there, we were a doormat. Four years later, we’re state champions. When he went to Florida, I told Urban Meyer, you’re getting more than just a quarterback. You’re getting a guy that’s gonna change your life and change Gator Nation. I think, four years later, you can say those things came through as he won National titles and won a Heisman Trophy.”
“Second year with the Broncos, they’re 1-4, he becomes the quarterback, they go to the playoffs and all of that Tebow maina started,” he continued. “So far, the track record has been, wherever he’s gone, success has followed. He’s just a winner and a charismatic guy. I think the people of New York and the Jets are in for a treat.”
“New York is what New York is, and he’ll just magnify everything. I think, again, he’s had this ability, and I don’t know why anything would change,” he added.
As for what advice he’d give to Tebow, Howard said, “When I talk to him, I always remind him to stay humble and keep working hard. He’s always the first one there and the last one to leave. He’s grounded in his faith, and he stays humble, and always gives credit to others. So, I think he’ll be fine.”
“I wish him the best of luck. Keep working. He’s the hardest worker I’ve ever seen in my life,” he added.
Craig Howard is currently the head coach at Southern Oregon University, where he joined in February 2011. For more info on Howard, click here.