Native Floridians everywhere have had their heart broken as they see the pictures coming in of the devastation that Hurricane Irma left in her wake. Those who currently live in the usually sunny Florida are starting to stream back toward their homes, hoping to find it all still intact, and those who live elsewhere are sending as many prayers and support as possible.
One of those native to the beaches of Florida is former NFL player turned MLB player Tim Tebow. The outspoken Christian athlete grew up in Florida and got his football start there at the University of Florida. With his home state in distress, he decided to do what he could to help those in need. The football star made the rounds at some shelters, one of which was specifically for special needs evacuees. There, he met a World War II Veteran who touched his heart with a special performance.
Fox News reported on the beautiful concert that this war hero gave to his special guest:
“As Florida begins its recovery from Hurricane Irma, Tim Tebow is doing his part to help victims and evacuees.
On Monday, Tebow spent time with a World War II veteran at a shelter for those with special medical needs.
Tebow posted a video to Twitter of him meeting the vet, who treated his famous visitor to a tune on his harmonica.
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) September 11, 2017
Tebow later posted a photo with Red Cross aid workers at the shelter.
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) September 12, 2017
Tebow was raised in Jacksonville and went on to play football for the University of Florida. After playing for the Denver Broncos and New York Jets in the NFL, he switched his focus to baseball.
He just finished his first year in the New York Mets’ minor league system, where he batted .226 with eight home runs in 126 games.
Watch Tebow’s touching moment with the elderly vet above.”
This isn’t Tebow’s first brush with charity work. The former NFL player has his own foundation that puts on events for those with special needs as well as raising funds for various worthy causes. Because of his stardom, there are those who don’t believe that he’s the real deal. They think that he’s using his Christianity as a publicity stunt and that he can’t really be sincere with all these sentiments.
While we can’t know for sure, we can hear from those that do know him and see what they have to say about it. According to his former coach in an interview from a few months ago, Tebow is as real as they get:
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Dan Mullen has been around Tim Tebow enough over the years to get an idea of who his former player is.
On Friday, Mullen’s opinion of Tebow was only reinforced while walking the red carpet at the seventh annual Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Gala and Golf Classic at TPC Sawgrass this weekend.
“I’ve known (Tim) since being in high school when we recruited him, getting to coach him all through college,” Mullen said. “You get that relationship with him and knowing him and knowing who he really is on the inside. This (foundation) is who he is, this is what he is. He’s worked so hard in his life to be able to give himself a platform to be able to help people in the world and tonight shows that platform and how many people he’s able to help and how many people around the world he’s able to help and what he’s able to do.”
Mullen, who now enters his ninth season at Mississippi State, was Tebow’s offensive coordinator at Florida for three seasons from 2006-08. Overall, Mullen served in the position from 2005-08, while Tebow was a quarterback at the school from 2006-09.
During their time together, Tebow won the Heisman Trophy in 2007, and the Gators won the national championship in both 2006 and 2008.
In addition to his work as an athlete and SEC Network analyst, Tebow also runs the Tim Tebow Foundation for his charitable work. Last month, he held his annual “Night to Shine” event, a prom for people with special needs that was held in 11 different countries worldwide.
For Mississippi State, it did not have practice Friday nor will it on Saturday at least in part because of Mullen’s attendance at the event.”
It’s nice to see that in a world of Kaepernicks and Bennets there are still Tebows and Watts. This country is arguably a little bit too fixated on its athletes, but if we’re going to focus on them, it’s great to have some good ones to focus on. Disrespect and discontent seem to rule the day with most of those who rise to notoriety, especially if they do so on physical merit. Hopefully, stars like Tebow serve to show us that fame doesn’t have to corrupt someone if their faith is sincere.
(Source: Fox News)
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