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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

NEW YORK - UF quarterback Tim Tebow spoke for about 45 minutes at the New York City Hilton hotel on Thursday before heading out for a dinner and tour of the city with the other Heisman Trophy finalists. Here are some of the highlights from the interview.

(Andrew Stanfill/Alligator Staff)

On his arrival to New York City:

"We got caught in some traffic, which was nice. We got cut off by some people driving in - they weren't too friendly. I don't think they were going to offer us a hug and some sweet tea."

On what he has left to accomplish after winning a national title and a possible Heisman:

"Do it again. Shoot, go win a national championship as a starting quarterback as your team. That's more important than here for the Heisman. That's been our goal, to go win an SEC title and get back on top."

On whether he will stay at UF for four years:

"Yeah. For the most part, that's not even something that has crossed my mind or that I'm even going to think about."

On his hand injury against Florida State:

"It was popping back and forth, so we could kind of tell (that it was broken). It's just a hand, that's why you have two. God gives you two hands."

On whether Geno Hayes' helmet caused the injury:

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"No, I don't think so. On that touchdown run, Geno Hayes took the opposite end. He was in the hole, and he went out."

On having all four of his brothers and sisters as well as his parents in attendance for the ceremony. Tim's sister Christy is a missionary in Bangladesh, and didn't find out she could make the trip until Thursday:

"When my mom found out she kind of lost it, so it was pretty cool. It's the first time we've had our whole family together in a while."

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