A lengthy story just put out by the Boston Globe details the extent to which the 6-3, 236-pound signal-caller remains a star in the eyes of many fans who have attended Patriots camp just to catch a glimpse of him.
“My heart is still pumping,” said Alaina Doyle, a Maine resident who posed for a picture with Tebow, her husband, Drew, and their 2-year-old son.
“Framing it, blowing it up, I don’t even know,” Alaina said. “It’s definitely going up in our house.”
“I’m really glad he’s on this team,” said Drew, a second lieutenant in the Army. “As a father, you want a role model out there who can teach these aspects of sports.”
Tebow “did not skip a fan” and “made eye contact with each person,” according to the Globe. Unlike most players, he also stays after practice to sign autographs almost every day, sometimes for as long as 45 minutes at a time. But the former 2010 first round pick (No. 25 overall) out of Florida says he’s just doing what some of his favorite 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.”
Madelin Beardsley, a disabled 15-year-old girl with cerebral palsy and selective mutism, also traveled a whopping 600 miles with her family to cheer Tebow on during a Patriots practice. And when Tebow 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.”
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