Tim Tebow 'Gave His Heart'

"Something that people can look back and say is that this kid gave his heart to us, he gave his heart to the University of Florida," Tebow told ESPN. "He gave his heart to the fans, and that every time he stepped on this field, he gave everything he possibly had. Not that he won every game, not that he was the best player, not that he won the most games or the most championships, but that he cared, and he loved us, and he left everything on this field."

Klutcharch has always admired Tebow's sincerity.

"It was cool to see how authentic he really is. It's hard for a guy to cry in front of two people, let alone 90,000 people," Klutcharch said.

"It broke my heart," she said. "It was emotional for me, too, just because I'm a senior."

But the emotion, for some, began long before senior day.

Ralph Shaw, 22, a sports management senior, said he wanted to cry when he saw Tebow take one of his last ceremonial walks to the stadium before playing Charleston Southern, the first home game of the season.

"I got choked up," he said. "It was weird."

Tebow 'Makes You Want to Be Better'

Shaw tries to emulate Tebow by going "above and beyond the normal call of duty" at his customer service internship at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, the Gators' stadium. He offers to take pictures of families, walk elderly women to their seats -- little things like that to make fans' days better.

He worries that underclassmen won't get that kind of inspiration next year.

"I see myself thinking about ways to better myself," he said. "They're definitely going to miss that person that makes you want to be better."

Casey Goldstein, 19, a journalism sophomore, said she feels that Florida will be fine next year because it's not a "one-man team."

What the team will lack, she said, is Tebow's strong leadership.

Shaw thinks the undergrads will miss out on more than that.

"They're going to miss out on the emotion," he said. "Everything that comes with the emotion, just the fight and the pride."

He has learned much as a spectator to "the Tim Tebow way of living."

It will stay with him, even as No. 15 moves on.

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