Tim Tebow has ventured around the country and his career in sports has taken him to Denver, New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. On Monday, he made his way back to his Florida hometown.
Tebow, who currently plays for the New York Mets' minor league team the St. Lucie Mets, stopped by a Hurricane Irma special needs shelter in Jacksonville, where he signed autographs and posed for photos with people who had been stranded by the storm.
“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 News 4 Jax.
However, the most memorable moment for the professional athlete wasn't what he could give to the evacuees, it's what one of the people he visited with gave to him.
In a video posted to Instagram, Tebow is sitting beside a World War II veteran and a dog donning a dapper sweater as the man bounces his leg and plays the harmonica:
Tebow's post says he was “totally uplifted” by the veteran whose “spirit and talents encouraged his fellow visitors” at the shelter.
“God bless you, Tim,” a woman in the video said as she shook Tebow's hand and thanked him for being a “good Christian.” Before moving on to greet other people, he embraced the woman in a hug.
The 30-year-old also visited a shelter with Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) and his efforts to help Floridians during this trying time gained him kudos:
— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) September 12, 2017
“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 told News 4 Jax.
The athlete also reportedly made stops in St. Augustine, which is located about an hour south of Jacksonville.