INDIANAPOLIS — Tim Tebow used a different approach to the 40-yard dash. He walked up to the starting line about 10 minutes before his run, felt the turf with his hand, took a step in each direction to figure out where he wanted to begin, then moved back to the center of the field to continue preparing.
It was an interesting routine, one that no other quarterback went through Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine. And it worked.
Tebow ran in 4.72 seconds, the fourth-best time among the 16 quarterbacks who participated in the 40.
The University of Florida standout not only demonstrated his outstanding speed, but he also showed he can be a cheerleader. He consistently stood off the line about 5 yards to the left and yelled encouragement to his fellow competitors.
Here were the top eight finishers among quarterbacks in the 40:
West Virginia’s Jarrett Brown — 4.54 seconds
Central Michigan’s Dan LeFevour — 4.66 seconds
Oklahoma State’s Zac Robinson — 4.71 seconds
Tebow — 4.72 seconds
Texas’ Colt McCoy — 4.79 seconds
Duke’s Thaddeus Lewis — 4.84 seconds
Fordham’s John Skelton — 4.85 seconds
BYU’s Max Hall — 4.87 seconds
— Jason Feller