Thursday, April 1, 2010

Fan's account of Tebow Palm Beach Autograph Session

Last Saturday was a day I will never forget. I attended “Tim Tebow Day” in Palm Beach Gardens. I was really looking forward to getting an autograph and a picture with the man of the hour. I arrived around noon so I could be there for the Gator Walk. It was a beautiful sunny day, perfect weather since it was basically an outdoor mall event. Tim arrived a little before 1:00 and walked through the mall. A lot of people lined up to shake hands with him and people kept walking down the line to get a bunch of pictures. He made his way up to the stage and they had a check for his foundation for $50,000.

He started with the autographs first. I was in the first group so I waited about 20 minutes. I walked up on the stage and there he was. He signed my picture and then I proceeded to give him a poster that I had made for him that I had my students sign which had a picture of him and said "Tim, We wish you the best in the NFL and all that you do! Sincerely, Mrs. L’s 3rd grade class."

I appreciated how he really looked at it when I gave it to him. I also told him that my students had made cards for the kids in the Philippines and he said that was wonderful. I thanked him and told him he was a huge inspiration to me, and he thanked me. I was so proud of myself that I didn’t get nervous and not say anything. He was very kind and genuine.

I had to wait a few hours to get my photograph and around 5:00 they called for the first group to do their photos. When it was my turn, I went up to the stage and said “Hi again!” They took the pictures (so glad they took 3 shots!) and I gave him a Strength bracelet since he is fond of “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” I told him I wouldn’t be offended if he didn’t wear it and he laughed. Then I told him I would see him at Winged Foot Award in May, thought that was great, thanked him again, gave him a hug, and walked off.

Something I noticed talking to him after the photo: he has this amazing way of looking at you and making you feel like you are the only one he is paying attention to, which is a wonderful gift to have.

I talked to Robby later on for a few minutes, asked about Tim’s shirts and the First and 15 event that Tim does in Gainesville every year. I wished them luck with the foundation and told them that their parents really raised them right and he appreciated that.

After that, I recognized the guy who is shooting the documentary [Chase Heavener] on Tim and we talked for about 15 minutes. One very interesting thing that I learned was that at D1, they shot Tim’s original throwing motion which was 23 frames long, it got down to 9 frames, that’s how fast he is releasing the ball now! He was impressed that I went to the Pro Day, and I proceeded to tell him that I was also at the ‘08 National Championship game, 4 games this past season plus the Sugar Bowl. He said “Oh you’re a REAL fan!”

After we finished talking, I left, probably around 7:00. A long exhausting day but an awesome day and an experience I will never forget!! Thank you Tim!

Story and photos courtesy Christy L.

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