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Chapter 18This Changes Everything—It's a Lot Bigger Than 5 Percent

No One Will Outwork Me

To the fans and everybody in Gator Nation, I'm sorry. I'm extremely sorry. We were hoping for an undefeated season. That was my goal, something Florida has never done here. I promise you one thing, a lot of good will come out of this. You will never see any player in the entire country play as hard as I will play the rest of the season. You will never see someone push the rest of the team as hard as I will push everybody the rest of the season. You will never see a team play harder than we will the rest of the season. God bless.

—Tim Tebow's Promise Speech

In 2008, after a heart-breaking loss, Tim Tebow, the then-quarterback of the Florida Gators, gave a post-game speech to the press that has further immortalized his work ethic. In that speech, he told the press that no player and no team would outwork the Florida Gators that season. Everyone knows that working hard in most circumstances will yield results. The speech was heartfelt and inspiring, but what a lot of the general public missed was that Tim Tebow, the leader of a Division 1 top-level football program, recognized that they hadn't worked hard enough to set them apart and get them to the level that they wanted to be at. It was a tear-jerking and inspiring speech, but what he was saying was that loss was really a result of being outworked. Just slightly outworked, as the loss was by only one point. But it was one point that ruined ...

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