Former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow is a warrior. Yes, he’s also romantic and learning a dance for his wedding, but it would be hard to find many tougher than the college football legend. Everyone has a breaking point, however, and he let the world know his.
When he was selected in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, the former Heisman Trophy winner received the gift of a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy. Fittingly, he named him Bronco and the two have been side-by-side for the last decade.
If you have ever owned a pet, you know how deep the connection and bond truly is. They say a dog is a man’s best friend for a reason. Losing it is one of the worst feelings imaginable. Unfortunately, the time came for the former NFL quarterback to say goodbye to his friend, and he shared one of the final moments with Bronco in an emotional video.
Grab a tissue, everyone. This one might get you.
Tim Tebow’s Dog
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The Instagram post and heartbreaking video tribute wasn’t all a tear-jerker. It showed some incredible moments between Tebow and Bronco. But understandably, it’s what made the goodbye so damn hard.
“One of the toughest goodbyes. Wanted to make a special tribute to the sweetest boy ever – thank you for all the joy you brought and all the memories. Aunt Patty, thank you for loving him, and thank you to all the other people including Miss Shea and Miss Mindy for sharing so much love with Bronco. If you had the pleasure of meeting Bronco, one of the best dogs ever, I would love to hear your story.
“Also, thank you for taking care of him every time he was sick – SEVO-Med, Blue Pearl Vet and UF Small Animal Vet Hospital (Go Gators).”
— Tim Tebow
After his playing days in Gainesville ended, Tebow played for the Broncos, New York Jets, New England Patriots, and Philadelphia Eagles. He then began a media and broadcasting career before pursuing professional baseball with the New York Mets organization.
One of the only constants in his life has been Bronco. Watching him say goodbye is tough, but it’s not even close to what he’s feeling right now.
This article was originally published November 21, 2019.