Covering High School Sports in America
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Tim Tebow's famous pregame ritual of "Tebowing" got one high school senior in trouble when he emulated the former Nease High star.

Football player Chuck Shriner earned $5 and national notoriety, but also had to clean up after his school's graduation and wait to get his high school diploma.

"Tebowing" is to blame.

The Naples Daily News reported that Shriner accepted a $5 enticement from friends to drop to a knee and perform the ubiquitous sports pose as he walked across the stage at the Bishop Verot (Fort Myers, Fla.) graduation Saturday. His diploma was withheld, and after he cleaned the school's gym, where the ceremony was held, he later found out that his mother played a role in the situation. She's a math teacher at the school and was behind the idea to punish him.

"Moment in my life I'll never forget, getting my diploma taken away for doing the Tebow on stage in front of (Principal John) Cavell. So worth it," he posted on his Facebook page that day.

All appears to end well for the University of Central Florida-bound teen. He got his diploma, he got his $5 and he certainly has some notoriety.

"They said what I did would give underclassmen inspiration to do something else, that it might lead to something else," Shriner said about the administration's reaction in the newspaper. "So they were trying to set an example."