Florida WR consoled Tim Tebow before ‘I Promise’ speech

Whether you’re just a casual football fan, or a die-hard Gator who sports a UF tattoo, everyone remembers the famous “I Promise” speech given by Florida quarterback Tim Tebow following an unexpected loss to Ole Miss on September 27th, 2008.

The Heisman winning signal caller could motivate just about anyone on and off the football field, but apparently received a pep-talk of his own before assembling that famous passionate speech.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports that former wide receiver Louis Murphy consoled the dejected quarterback following the 31-30 loss–motivating Tebow and assuring him that the Gators will win out.

And as we all know, Tebow kept that promise.

He and Murphy went on to win the following ten games and led that 2008 Florida team to an SEC Championship and to the schools second BCS National Championship in three years, while outscoring those opponents by 34 points a game.

That passionate speech delivered by Tebow, inspired by Murphy,  is now transcribed into a monument inside The Swamp.

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