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Tim Tebow did not propose for Nick Swisher



rsz_swisher.jpgNever mind what Wikipedia says. New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher did not ask former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow to propose to his girlfriend for him.

So says Swisher. Emphatically.

Before a recent game at Tropicana Field, Florida Today sports columnist Pete Kerasotis asked Swisher about a one-line entry on Swisher's Wikipedia page (that has since been changed) that read, "Football player Tim Tebow assisted Swisher with requesting (JoAnna) Garcia’s hand in marriage, by speaking to her parents and being present during the proposal.''

"That’s total BS!'' Swisher told Kerasotis. "(Bleep) no! I don’t need some other dude to ask my girl to marry me. I’m a Major League Baseball player. I’m a man. I asked her on the balcony at my place in New York City. Tim Tebow wasn’t there. You need to squash that story, dude.''rsz_tebow.jpg

There was some basis for the idea. Swisher's fiance is a Florida graduate. Her family are big-time boosters. And, the day before Florida played Florida State last season, Swisher arranged for his then-girlfriend and her parents to meet Tebow.

"Don’t get me wrong,'' Swisher said. "Tim Tebow’s a great guy. Class act. Definitely a role model for a lot of people. I set it up through the Yankees that my girlfriend and her family could meet Tim. I couldn’t believe he took the time. It was his last game for Florida, against Florida State, Senior Day, and he came and talked to us for about 10 minutes. Great, great guy.''

He just wasn't part of the proposal.

"I’m a man!'' Swisher said. " I don’t need to do that!''

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 2:36pm]


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