Marco Rubio wants Tim Tebow statue in U.S. Capitol

Gators quarterback Tim Tebow reacts after being stopped on third and short in the second quarter. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Gators quarterback Tim Tebow reacts after being stopped on third and short in the second quarter against Arkansas on Oct. 17, 2009. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

The State of Florida has a big decision to make in the coming months. A statue of a Confederate general will be removed from the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall, and Florida will be without a representative in the hall. And Floridians want someone who can represent them well.

So why not Tim Tebow?

Florida Senator Marco Rubio took to Twitter to suggest replacing the controversial statue with a statue of former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow.

Floridians are being asked to submit suggestions to replace a statute of Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, which has represented Florida in the Capitol’s National Statuary Hall for nearly a century. It is being removed with legislative approval.

The public will have a chance to vote to determine who will join John Gorrie, an air-conditioning pioneer, in the hall. A poll will be posted by the Florida Department of State until June 10 with several notable Floridians certain to be in the running.

So why not Tim Tebow?

Tebow is one of the most celebrated players in Florida history, as a part of two national championships and the greatest four-year run in Florida’s history. He won the Heisman Trophy in 2007, becoming just the third player in Florida history to win the award. Tebow still has an extreme cult following among football fans.

Florida has even built a statue of him outside of Florida Field.

He certainly is a great Floridian. However, Florida State fans might not want to vote for one of its greatest antagonists in this extremely divided state. Somehow though, Tebow may finish much higher than he otherwise might have and get immortalized in the Capitol for the next century.