His name won't show up on any MVP trophies and you won't see many No. 35 jerseys in the stands, but Florida's Ahmad Black made one of the biggest plays of the BCS National Championship game, helping the Gators claim its second title in the past three seasons.
With Florida clinging to a 17-14 lead early in the fourth quarter, Oklahoma's offense was on the move and looked like it might be in line to at least tie the game with a field goal.
Sam Bradford zipped a pass which was temporarily caught by Juaquin Iglesias down to the Florida 24, but before the sure-handed receiver could bring the ball in for his sixth catch of the night, Black snatched the ball out his hands to preserve the Gators' three-point lead.
"It was one-on-one coverage," said Black. "I knew I had no safety help over the top. I knew I had to buckle down and keep my eyes on my man. He ran a post and I ran right with him. I saw the ball and just grabbed it."
The Gators took over at their own 24 with 9:59 remaining and 14 plays later scored on Tebow's famous jump pass, leaving the Sooners down 10 with just three minutes remaining.
"The play of the game was Ahmad Black snatching that ball away from the receiver. We're up by three and that's a potential go-ahead touchdown," said Florida coach Urban Meyer.
It's nothing new for Black and the Florida secondary, which recorded 24 interceptions this season, including a team-leading seven by Black.
"He's a ball hawk," said Joe Haden. "He's going to be around the ball all the time. Both of them had their hands on the ball and Black just took it away from him."
If Iglesias holds on to that ball it would have been the sixth time the Sooners got inside the Gators' 30 and would have changed the entire landscape of the final 10 minutes of the game.
"Juaquin has his hands on it, too, and the other guy has it, and they end up coming down and as they fall, he gets a better grip on the ball and there it is," said Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops. "You're in competitive games with other good teams, you're going to have those plays, and they didn't go our way."