GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Tim Tebow is a Heisman winner, a first-round NFL draft pick and has long been considered a Great Gator.
There is a statue outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to confirm his status in Gator Nation.
Tebow will become a Great Floridian on Friday when Florida Gov. Rick Scott presents Tebow with the "Great Floridian" award in Ponte Vedra Beach.
The “Great Floridian” designation is given in recognition of the outstanding achievements of men and women who have made significant contributions to the progress and welfare of Florida.
It's also a distinction that isn't handed out to just anyone. Tebow will join 66 other people who have received the award since 1981.
The way the honor works is the Secretary of State selects no fewer than two “Great Floridians” from nominees made by a committee representing the Governor (1), each member of the Florida Cabinet (3), the President of the Senate (1), the Speaker of the House (1), and the Florida Secretary of State (1).
Tebow will be presented the award at the TPC of Sawgrass on Friday. Tebow is holding his annual celebrity golf classic on Saturday in his hometown.
Gators coach Will Muschamp is scheduled to play in the tournament.