Marco Rubio proposes Tim Tebow statue to replace Confederate general at U.S. capital

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Tim Tebow is still wildly popular, and Republican senator Marco Rubio would like to immortalize him with a prominent honor.

A statue of Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith will soon be taken down in the United States capital city of Washington, D.C., thanks to an order signed by Florida Governor Rick Scott back in March.

Rubio suggested on Wednesday, via his Twitter account, that the replacement for Smith should be none other than Tebow.

Tebow is, of course, a legendary figure in Florida sports history, and many people still adore him in that state.

One of the most prolific college quarterbacks in NCAA history, he set a record in 2007 by scoring at least 20 touchdowns both running and passing the ball. He ended up with 55 total touchdowns that year, won the Heisman Trophy and helped lead his Gators to national championships in 2006 and 2008.

With that in mind, it’s hard to imagine many Floridians objecting to having Tebow represent them at the national capital.

That said, in addition to his legendary football career at Florida, Tebow is also a polarizing figure, thanks to his outspoken religious beliefs — people either seem to love him or hate him. With that in mind, it would be interesting to see how the residents of the great state of Florida would feel about Rubio’s proposal.

Poll, anyone?