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Tebow: I had headaches before '09 LSU game

Posted on: June 2, 2011 3:48 pm
Edited on: June 2, 2011 4:45 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

In the illustrious collegiate career of former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, one of the few scary moments was when the star QB suffered a concussion after being sacked during a 41-7 victory at Kentucky. Tebow was hit hard by Kentucky DE Taylor Wyndham, then his helmet struck his offensive lineman's knee during the fall, snapping his head forward violently and briefly knocking him out. Tebow would later throw up in the ambulance on his way out of the arena, another after-effect of the major concussion he received. That picture up top is Tebow immediately after suffering the concussion: the lights are on, but nobody's home. Might as well be an entirely different person.

What Tebow did NOT do, however, was miss any games; Florida had a bye week the following Saturday, and that gave Tebow two weeks to recover for the ensuing battle with LSU. He suited up, played well against a stout defense, and Florida won 13-3. Urban Meyer later told reporters that Tebow had been symptom-free for days and that he was cleared to play by team doctors, and all was well after that.

Funny thing, though; what the doctors and Meyer didn't know was that Tebow was still suffering from headaches up through pre-game warmups, and he admitted to hiding those symptoms in order to trick Meyer into letting him play. And lest one think this is an assumption made by a Florida-hating wacko with an axe to grind, that information came from the book Through My Eyes... authored by one Tim Tebow. Here's the relevant excerpt, via

“I’m not going to let you play,” [Urban Meyer] said. He had tears in his eyes—he knew how much it meant to me.

“I have to play,” I responded.

He cut me off. “I keep asking myself, if you were Nate, would I let you play? I keep saying, ‘No.’ I can’t let you play.” He really wanted to win, but he was unwilling to take a chance with my health.

“But they cleared me, and I haven’t had headaches in days,” I countered. “There’s no reason for me not to play.”

“No headaches?”

“No, Coach. No headaches.” A headache had been starting to set in, but for all I know, it was from stress or a migraine, not the concussion. […]

I was praying in the locker room that the headache, which had been getting worse and worse, would simply go away. It didn’t. I could barely see by the end of the pregame warm-ups, it was hurting so badly.

It's important to note that Tebow says the headaches disappeared for good by kickoff, so they didn't affect his play in any way. So there's that. That doesn't mean Tebow should have been cleared to play, and Urban Meyer should have stood firmer in his refusal to play Tebow. I'm sure, had he known then what he knows now, that Meyer never would have let Tebow play that game, regardless of the fact that Tebow didn't suffer further injury. Heck, even if Tebow were legitimately symptom-free, he probably shouldn't have been playing yet at that point, like what Meyer suggested at first.'s Gregg Doyel excoriated Meyer for playing Tebow back when this all happened in '09; Tebow's revelations don't make Meyer look any better. 

It's like this: if someone drives their car somewhere without wearing their seat belt, and that person arrives at the destination without having anything bad happen, it would be utterly insane to credit that decision as being wise or safe. It's still heinously and needlessly dangerous, and so is lying about head injuries just to get back in the game. That's probably what killed the Minnesota North Stars' defenseman Bill Masterson 42 years agoin the NHL, and that's probably a significant factor in the surfeit of dead former NFL players who are found to have suffered from CTE these days.

Still, there's always that stigma involved with not playing through pain, and (for the most part) rightfully so -- sports would be nearly unwatchable if someone ran off to the sideline every time they took a minor injury -- so it's often difficult for athletes to intellectually justify the recovery process of a concussion compared to every other rehabilition. Unfortunately, nature doesn't fit neatly into that "play through it" mentality when it comes to brain injuries, and that's why it's critically important for coaches to educate their athletes on proper protocol and why lying about head injuries is so dangerous. Tim Tebow's okay today, and that's obviously good to see, but if he had taken another concussion in that LSU game, man, there's no telling what kind of hell would have been unleashed on his brain -- and on Meyer.


Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: June 5, 2011 10:25 pm

Tebow: I had headaches before '09 LSU game


One thing is certain from this article, for a devout Christian, he beared false witness and that is against the ten commandments.  So we know he can lie.  That is a fact as he stated it in his book
True a LIE IS A LIE!! Do Christians suspose to lie?    Uhmmm He told on himself to make money.   Shame on him.  

Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: June 5, 2011 10:22 pm

Tebow: I had headaches before '09 LSU game


He was on morning joe this past friday and he did not stop them from calling him the Choosen one. Uhmmmmmm 

Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: June 5, 2011 10:20 pm

Tebow: I had headaches before '09 LSU game

Tebow is writing books because his FB career is coming to an end.  He can run for public office.  He's done.  

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2011 10:59 pm

Tebow: I had headaches before '09 LSU game

like someone wrote Genius, Tebow has NOT gone on TV and said he's perfect, in fact no SMART fans say that, they usually say what i have said about him.

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2011 9:28 pm

Tebow: I had headaches before '09 LSU game

ftballgenius and cuda what a pair.  First off, neither one of you are a football genius.  BTW, ftballgenius have you ever told a lie?  I have and I have committed other sins.  So what if Tebow told a lie, no matter how small or big it was.  Most christians have sinned.  Some of us even have bad thoughts, some of drink and smoke too much.  Christians know they sin, and when they sin.  That is why they pray and ask for forgiveness.  Christians try not to judge others.  Being a christian is tough.  I know, I have failed many times in my life.  The thing about chritians is they try to do the right things.  Tebow did not put himself on a pedestal.  He has a God-given talent, but he, also, has a huge work ethic that makes him a little better than some.  Tebow selfeish??  That has to be the dumbest statement I have ever heard attributed to him.  Tebow made recruiting at Florida easy because others wanted to play with him.  They would not choose to play with a selfish player. 
Give the young man a break.  He is trying to do the right things the right way and being in a constant spotlight does not make it easy.
Every game he played at Florida the opposing players played a little harder just trying to stop him.  I think most of those guys who played against him and with him would have good things to say about him.  That is a question only those players can answer.

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: June 3, 2011 5:56 pm

Tebow: I had headaches before '09 LSU game

Rover - Tebow may be the most selfish player in college football history.  He doesn't hand off.  He doesn't throw.  He doesn't shut up.  If the camera is off him for a few minutes he'll worm his way back in front of it and he's never seen a microphone he could walk by silently.  During his career he never played with a 1,000 yard rusher or a 1,000 yard receiver.  He doesn't make the people around him better.  Some people actually call him a winner even through he led the team to ONE championship in three years as a starter - plenty of other UF qb's have done more.  The hype aruond this guy is simply amazing!

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: June 3, 2011 4:02 pm

Tebow: I had headaches before '09 LSU game

But electing not to cut off your circulation with a seatbelt, that's your own choice and doesn't hurt anybody else.
You must be 300 pounds if your seatbelt cuts off circulation.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: June 3, 2011 4:01 pm

Tebow: I had headaches before '09 LSU game

Hey ftballdumb@ss,

Um, yea when is the last time we've seen any of those guys you mentioned go on a mission trip or preach to prisoners? Tebow went on mission trips while in college during his SPRING BREAK!! How many college kids do that?  Most foobtall fans that know the sport and follow the players do not think we know a player by watching them play a sport; it's how they carry themselves off the field.

Well said ezjayy.  Guys like is a prime example of what you are talking about.  He is always quick to judge others based on anything he reads, and looks to bring people down.  He is just like the friggin media these days, the first bit of any form of drama they can find, they blow it up because that's what sells.  People like him are quick to forget all the work guys like Tebow have done off the field to help others.
Without a doubt his agent had schooled him well in PR at that time, even though he shouldn't have had an agent at that time.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: June 3, 2011 3:59 pm

Tebow: I had headaches before '09 LSU game

We knew then that Meyer didn't care one bit about his player's health ala Leach, and let's face it, Tebow is no brain surgeon.  This isn't shocking to anyone.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2011 1:53 pm

Tebow: I had headaches before '09 LSU game

Sure he lied but a least it was for a noble reason. He wanted to go to battle w/ his mates.

I find this to be a very poor argument, trying to convince people that it is noble to risk his health to participate in a sporting event.  In fact, I find it absolutely ridiculous.  Sure I wanted LSU to win that game and I wanted Tebow to play but neither at any of a risk his health.  A win in one game is just not worth it for a kid to potentially throw it all away and risk a permenant and debilitating injury.  Hopefully, he will learn that his choice was not a wise one and that in the event that it happens again, he will choose better.

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