Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow stopped by his home state Monday night to give hope to those whose homes were devastated by Hurricane Irma.
Tebow, accompanied by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, visited a Jacksonville, Florida, middle school being used as a shelter for hurricane evacuees, signed autographs and posed for pictures with evacuees, police officers, and volunteers.
“There’s a lot of things they are dealing with — a lot of worry, a lot of doubt, a lot of unknown. But if there’s a chance just to brighten their day, put a smile on their face or letting them not worry about their problems for a couple of seconds or minutes, it’s worth it,” Tebow told WJXT-TV. “You can’t promise them you’re going to make things better, but you can promise you’ll stand side-by-side them when they go through it.”
Tebow, who was starting quarterback for the University of Florida and became the first college sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy in 2007, also made several other stops at local shelters in the area Monday.
Tebow tweeted about his experience meeting one of the many Florida residents staying at the shelter.
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) September 11, 2017
Tebow, who played in the NFL from 2010 to 2015, is a professional baseball player for the New York Mets organization. A devout Christian, he is frequently involved in charitable causes, and founded his own Christian charity, the Tim Tebow Foundation, in 2010.