Rubio: Replace confederate statue with Tim Tebow

Posted at 3:23 PM, May 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-18 18:23:54-04

Florida senator and former Republican presidential nominee Marco Rubio has a suggestion for a new Florida state statue: Tim Tebow.

After the Florida state legislature approved a bill to remove a statue of Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith from the U.S. Capitol's National Statuary Hall, Florida residents have been asked to submit names of famous Floridians to be considered for a new statue.

On Wednesday, Rubio unofficially nominated the 28-year-old Tebow, who won the 2007 Heisman Trophy and two national championships as quarterback at The University of Florida.

The only problem: The official rules state the nominee must have been deceased for at least 10 years.

Nonetheless, Tebow, who was a starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos for portions of two seasons, has been a tremendous role model off the field. He is devout Christian and philanthropist, and he has participated in numerous missions and charity events in the U.S. and overseas. He is the founder of the Tim Tebow Foundation, which was "created to show God's love to children around the world."

Tebow is currently a college football analyst for ESPN and the SEC Network.

Rubio is a fellow Gator, as he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from The University of Florida in 1993.