Florida's Tebow says BCS title game won't effect NFL decision

Updated: December 7, 2008, 10:54 PM ET
Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida quarterback Tim Tebow insists the Bowl Championship Series national title game will have no bearing on his decision to leave school early.

Moments after the top-ranked Gators were selected to play in the title game against No. 2 Oklahoma on Sunday night, the reining Heisman Trophy winner said the outcome would not affect his decision to return for his senior year.

"I don't think so," Tebow said. "I thought in the preseason it would. Not really so any more. Win or lose, I still want to stay another year here. But it also would be great and really fun to go to the next level and see how that goes, too. It's like two great things now."

Tebow said he intends to consult with offensive coordinator Dan Mullen, coach Urban Meyer and the NFL's draft advisory board in hopes of getting a better feel about his draft status.

"If I was leaning any way, it would be to coming back," Tebow said. "I'm going to look and talk to coaches and see what they say. But I have no idea right now."

Tebow completed 65 percent of his passes for 2,515 yards and 28 touchdowns this season. He threw just two interceptions and added 564 yards rushing and 12 scores.

Critics say Tebow's skills -- he's played his entire high school and college career in the spread-option offense -- might not translate to the NFL. Others believe his leadership, knack for scrambling, toughness and decision-making ability could make for a long career at the next level.

Tebow thinks he can make it as an NFL quarterback. He also believes the NFL would provide a bigger platform for him to accomplish things in the community and possibly spread his family's missionary message.

"I don't want to leave here, but if I get blessed and have an opportunity to do a lot of things financially, I could do so many great things as far as organizations and community work, stuff I've always dreamed of doing with that money," Tebow said.

"So that would go into it, but it's also just what my coaches, coach Mullen and coach Meyer, think about the decision and whether it would good for me to leave or stay one more year."


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