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Tim Tebow, 78th Annual AAU Sullivan Award Winner

Tim Tebow, 78th Annual AAU Sullivan Award Winner

Sport: Football

Hometown: St. Augustine, FL

Biography: The Florida quarterback became the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy after throwing for 3,286 yards and 32 touchdowns in 2007

Tebow, 20, who grew up in Jacksonville, also won the Davey O’Brien and Maxwell awards.

He’s the only player in NCAA history to rush and pass for at least 20 touchdowns in a season. His 55 touchdowns were the most in a season in University of Florida school history.

Tebow also set the school single-season record for total offense with 3,970 yards as the Gators (9-4) finished No. 16 in the USA TODAY Coaches’ Poll. He did missionary work during his summers and had a 3.77 grade-point average as a major in family, youth and community sciences.


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Known as the "Oscar" of sports awards and older than The Heisman, the AAU Sullivan Award honors the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. It has been presented annually by the AAU since 1930 as a salute to founder and past president of the Amateur Athletic Union, and pioneer in amateur sports, James E. Sullivan. Based on the qualities of leadership, character, sportsmanship, and the ideals of amateurism, the AAU Sullivan Award goes far beyond athletic accomplishments and honors those who have shown strong moral character.


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