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Crowds swarmed Beckley’s Raleigh County Convention Center on Sunday. Tim Tebow, the former Heisman trophy winner from the University of Florida, drew the crowd. He was the key note speaker for the luncheon kicking off this week’s Big Atlantic Classic.
Monica Kirby joined the Woodrow Wilson High School Lady Patriots on Sunday. She wasn’t rooting for her team though, she was holding out to meet Tebow.
“I’ve always been a fan, I like what he stands for and I love football,” said Kirby.
Tebow took advantage of the opportunity to pass all the life lessons he’s learned to his fellow student-athletes.
According to Tebow, being an NFL quarterback is his goal but affecting children is even higher on his list of priorities. If he reached just one student, he said it would be a success.
“I’m young, I went though the same trials and tribulations of High School,” said Tebow.
Not everyone was just hoping to take advice away though. Mark Commings was there for the chance of a lifetime. He has been in a wheelchair since 2002, the result of a car accident days before his high school graduation. He traveled from Boone County to meet Tebow after trying to get clearance from the University of Florida to meet him for the past three years.
“I just appreciate him for everything he has ever done,” said Commings.
Tebow not only met him, but got star treatment. When Commings asked if he could meet Tebow during a question and answer segment Tebow leapt from the stage and met the man who admired him. He even asked the audience for a marker to autograph his jersey, a memento Commings says will be framed and never worn again.
“It was the best minute of my life,” said Commings.