For Tim Tebow, helping a fan in need was not just the right thing to do, it was the only thing to do.
One day after Tebow tended to a man suffering a seizure after the former Jets QB’s debut in the Arizona Fall League, he offered an impassioned speech about his actions, drawing on his Evangelical Christian upbringing.
The former NFL quarterback, who is chasing his baseball dreams as a minor leaguer in the Mets system, said his parents’ trips to help children around the world have been his model.
“In my opinion, it’s not even a choice, it’s the right thing to do,” Tebow told reporters before his Arizona Fall League game in Scottsdale Wednesday. “It’s what you are supposed to do, in my opinion just try to in those moments try to be there for people and try to help people, because there is not a bigger, better more important thing you can do in life than be there for people in need.”
According to Christian Byrnes of Lindenhurst, who was on the scene at the ballpark in Glendale, Tebow was signing autographs when a man in the stands collapsed to the ground. As one lady in the crowd screamed, a clearly concerned Tebow leaned over the short wall and tried talking to the fan, who was unresponsive, Byrnes told the Daily News. That’s when Tebow put his hand on the man’s left leg, bowed his head and started praying.
Tebow stayed with the fan, identified later by the Associated Press as Brandon Berry, for about 30 minutes, staying even after paramedics arrived, said Byrnes.
“I just remember just being very disoriented,” Brandon Berry told The Associated Press by phone. “Then I saw Tim.”
The 30-year-old Berry told the AP he was OK at home in nearby Avondale after being released from the hospital.
“I am lucky that in my life from an early age to see my mom and dad do that for people all over the world, whether it was orphans, sex trafficking, young girls in third world countries, to see my parents get these young boys and girls and love on them and support them and put them in orphanages after you see them go through these terrible things,” Tebow said.
Tebow aides the fallen fan.
“And it’s like what is more important to do? Go on the bus and catch up on social media? Catch up on the game? What am I going to do in the next 24 hours or the next week or the rest of my life? When someone is in need what are you ever going to do that is more important than that?”
Tebow also discussed what lies ahead for him in what many believe is a very long-shot road to the majors.
He told reporters Wednesday that it wasn’t about being a dreamer, but “it’s about having a dream and being a worker.”
He said he is not afraid of the hard life in the minor leagues, pointing out that just a month before he was taking bucket baths in the Philippines as part of his charity work.
Of course, it is not like Tebow will be living on a minor league salary alone.
Tebow will continue to play in AFL games from Monday to Thursday through mid-November to accommodate his college football broadcast commitments.
Wednesday night, Tebow was back in the lineup hitting seventh and playing left field for the Scottsdale Scorpions.
Tebow has been outspoken in his religious beliefs, which, along with his success as a college quarterback at Florida, has earned him a devoted following.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News