Tim Tebow to return for senior year at Florida to avoid being picked by the Detroit Lions

Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow has announced he will return for his senior year at Florida.

Tebow, who won the Heisman in his sophomore season and narrowly missed another this season, said the prospect of winning a second Heisman had nothing to do with his decision to not turn pro.

“Quite simply, I am absolutely terrified at the thought of being drafted by the Detroit Lions,” Tebow said. “They face the very-real prospect of having a winless season, and they’re a team going nowhere. I’d like to play for an NFL team where people don’t buy you dinner out of sympathy when they hear who you play for.”

Tebow noted that the Lions also have a second first-round pick in this year’s draft, courtesy of sending disgruntled wide receiver Roy Williams to the Dallas Cowboys for Dallas’ first-round pick in 2009.

He added: “If necessary, I’ll change my major to stay in college.”

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