Looks like Tim Tebow’s Heisman Trophy won’t be gathering dust on a shelf anytime soon — or ever, for that matter.
During an appearance Monday on “The Dan Patrick Show,” the former University of Florida and NFL quarterback, 35, revealed how he auctions off the Heisman Trophy he won every year in 2007 for charity and that country singer Luke Bryan was one of the previous recipients.
“Probably for the past eight, nine years, every year or every six months, I’ve used it to auction for a charity for people to keep in their homes, use as something to brag about,” Tebow said.
The former player-turned-analyst then shared what Bryan, an avid Georgia fan, used the trophy for when he moved into his home.
“Luke Bryan, him and his wife, Caroline, who are so sweet, they are a big part of some non-profit organizations and we work together, and so he and his wife won. Then, leading up to Florida-Georgia, because he’s such a Georgia fan, he’d put a Georgia sweater on it, he’d put peanut butter on it, let his dog lick it off, he’d do all sorts of things, and I thought, ‘This isn’t fair,’ said Tebow.
In a November 2020 Instagram video, Bryan is seen playfully using the Heisman Trophy as a hook for his accessories, be it a hat, bath towel or dishcloth.
Tebow sued Monday that he was able to get Bryan back — with some help from an insider.
“I was working with his wife to get one of his CMA Artist of the Year Awards, which is kind of a unique looking award, so I started getting it and sending him videos of how I used it as a sparkling water opener or a jack. for a car, be able to lift it,” he continued.
Around the same time that Bryan, 46, shared his Heisman video in late 2020, Tebow posted a clip of himself and his wife Demi-Leigh using the singer’s CMA award as a coffee stirrer. Despite the light-hearted feud, Tebow said the CMAs weren’t happy with his use of Bryan’s award.
“I think the CMAs were a little upset about it. I didn’t really hurt it, it just seemed like we were using it that way,” he said.
Tebow, who has played for the Broncos, Jets, Patriots, Eagles and Jaguars and has also tried his hand at baseball in recent years as a member of the Mets minor league system, went on to explain how the Heisman Trophy initiative is positively impacting has had on his philanthropic endeavors.
“With all the charities we’ve supported, it’s now been able to raise over a million dollars,” he said. “My goal with that is that one day it can be the most impactful Heisman, not by sitting on a shelf and looking at it, by standing on many other shelves and making an impact in the lives of many children. “