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Tebow Shaken by Meyer News; UF Quarterback Says Players Want Coach to Do What's Best for Him

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tebow Shaken by Meyer News; UF Quarterback Says Players Want Coach to Do What's Best for Him

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Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO

NEW ORLEANS - Tim Tebow took the news that Florida coach Urban Meyer was resigning pretty hard.

The senior quarterback has grown very close to Meyer during the four years they have spent together, so learning Saturday that Meyer was quitting because of health issues was distressing.

Finding out Sunday that Meyer had changed his mind and was going to take an indefinite leave of absence was heartening.

"You know, we look at our team as like a family, and we just wanted what was best for our dad, and that's coach Meyer, and we want him to do what's best for him," Tebow said at a news conference shortly after the Gators arrived in New Orleans in advance of Friday's Sugar Bowl against Cincinnati. "We want him to get himself right, and when he's right, then come back to coaching, then get back into ball.

"But I'm so proud of him because of the decision that he's chosen to make. I don't think most coaches would have the guts to make it, to give up everything for his family and his faith and to get himself right. I admire that about him, and I admire him for the decisions that he's made."

The former Nease High star said Meyer spends so much time worrying about his players that it's time for him to worry about himself. That's not selfish, Tebow said. It's responsible.

"He's got all these big decisions for himself and for his health, all the huge critical decisions he's got to make, [and] he's still worried about everyone else," Tebow said. "That shows how much he cares about this university, his players and his coaching staff."

Linebacker Ryan Stamper, a fifth-year senior from Jacksonville, said he was moved when Meyer told him he loved him during Saturday's practice. Stamper said he could tell something was wrong with Meyer but was soothed by the coach's comments.

"I was like, 'What's up? …

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