Both entering their much-anticipated junior seasons this fall, Tim Tebow and Matt Stafford have been linked for much of the past seven years. The SEC QBs are often mentioned in the same breath, whether uttered in civilized dinner table discussions or heated sports bar debates.
As high school stars, their respective resumes read like a pig-skinned version of “Everything You Can, I Can Do Better.” Tebow was Florida’s Mr. Football, a participant in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Game and a Parade All-American. Stafford, meanwhile, won the MVP and “Best Arms” awards at the 2005 EA Elite 11 Quarterback Camp, as well as the EA Sports National Player of the Year. He, like Tebow, was a Parade All-American.
When Tebow chose to attend Florida and Stafford signed his letter of intent with Georgia in the winter of 2006, their fates were sealed. They’d be pitted against each other for the next four years of their lives. On top of four dates in Jacksonville at The World’s Largest Cocktail Party, they’d now be under center for opposing sides in arguably the richest rivalry in the South.