Off the field, Tim Tebow is a star at Patriots training camp

by Michael David Smith

Tim Tebow may not even make the Patriots’ 53-man roster, but he does lead the team in one statistic in training camp: autographs signed.

Tebow has gone from traded away by the Broncos to cut by the Jets to just trying to make the team with the Patriots, but the Boston Globe has a lengthy story detailing the extent to which Tebow remains a star in the eyes of many fans who have attended Patriots camp solely to catch a glimpse of him.

One such fan, a disabled 15-year-old girl named Madelin Beardsley, traveled 600 miles with her family to cheer Tebow on during a Patriots practice. When Tebow stayed afterward to talk to the family, it made Madelin’s day.

“A handful of players signed autographs for Madelin,” Madelin’s father said. “Tebow was the only one to ask her name. I can’t tell you what that meant to her. There’s something about him, something that can make someone feel so special. Even if they meet for 10 seconds.”

Tebow stays after practice to sign autographs almost every day, sometimes for as long as 45 minutes at a time, and if he leaves before he has signed for every fan, it’s usually because he has to go to a team meeting. Tebow said he’s just doing what some of his players did for him when he was a kid.

“It’s a very little thing that can go a long way,” Tebow said. “I know, because when I was a young boy and I got Danny Wuerffel’s autograph, or Emmitt Smith’s autograph, what it meant to me. You want to be a good role model, someone that a young boy or young girl can look up to.”

No matter what he does on the field, Tebow has a lot of boys and girls — not to mention grown men and women — who love him.

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4 Responses to “Off the field, Tim Tebow is a star at Patriots training camp”

  1. tawk2 says:

    Tim is an amazing person, he is one of the few who takes the time to actually care about you the person. He is a rare gem in the world we live in. If everyone could be more like Tim just think what a wonderful world this would be!

    Go TEBOW/PATRIOTS!

  2. andrea says:

    Good stuff!!!!

  3. ck says:

    Yes, A LOT OF FANS ARE ON HIS SIDE NO MATTER WHAT B/C OF WHO HE REPRESENTS AND HOW HE ALWAYS CONDUCTS HIMSELF WITH EXCEPTIONAL CLASS ON/OFF THE FIELD!!! GBPT2/GO TEBOW/PATRIOTS/GATORS!!!

  4. ck says:

    Definitely need more TEBOWS and don’t know of too many like him…a rare find that is for certain! Room for improvement here!

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