Simply calling Tim Tebow the best quarterback in college football apparently isn't enough. Gators coach Urban Meyer told a Miami audience that Tebow ''is the greatest player of our era''Red meat, certainly, for the carnivorous Gator faithful but also typical SEC boastfulness to the rest of us.
I'm not sure how Meyer defines era, but arbitrarily let's say it starts in the year 2000. Top of my head there are several players deserving of such mention -- Reggie Bush, Vince Young, Darren McFadden, Adrian Peterson, Matt Leinart, (gasp!) Michael Vick, Larry Fitzgerald and Mike Williams.
Remember all that greatest talk about USC in 2005? The lesson then, as now, is to not go down that road. Expectations for Tebow will be through the roof this year. That's part of the danger in delivering so much, so early: an encore of greater consequence is expected to feed the masses. Disappointment is almost inevitable, as is jealousy and backlash in the rabidly partisan world of college football. Best to celebrate a very good player and save the distinction-making for after he's played that last down.