'Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle': Urban Meyer discusses Tim Tebow, football

Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer

This week’s "Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ program goes from the Philharmonic to football.

Guests are Kathleen van Bergen, the new CEO at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts, and Urban Meyer, former football coach at the University of Florida and current ESPN commentator.

Meyer was interviewed at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he was watching his daughter, Gigi, a freshman, play volleyball.

The program airs Sunday at 10 a.m. on ABC7.

Text and video highlights for this and previous shows are archived at naplesnews.com/newsmakers.

Interview with Urban Meyer

NewsMakers: Urban Meyer, Part 1

Meyer talks Tim Tebow, football.

NewsMakers: Urban Meyer, Part 2

Meyer talks Tim Tebow, football.

Lytle: Your friend Tim Tebow gets his first start as quarterback for the Denver Broncos against the Miami Dolphins. Your take on that?

Meyer: I just talked to him 10 minutes ago on the way in to this interview. He’s coming out of the chute excited.

I asked him if they are going to let you play. That’s the key to everything. If they let him play he will be successful.

Lytle: He’s a special kind of player.

Meyer: I’m not sure I’ve ever seen before what happened to Tim. He is obviously, I think, the greatest college football player to ever play the game.

We won the national championship in 2008 and all the critics from that point forward just kept coming at him and coming at him.

I couldn’t quite understand it.

All the kid does is everything right. He’s the hardest worker I’ve ever been around. He’s unselfish. He puts his teammates first.

In the pros they said you can’t do this, you can’t do this. Sure he can. He might not be the traditional quarterback, but that’s for the coaches to figure out. Let him go play.

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