There are many people across America who would do a lot to spend time with Tim Tebow, but this week, two Florida people upped the ante. At a Friday gala luncheon to benefit Tebow's charity foundation, an unnamed couple won the prize of a day spent with the New York Jets quarterback with a very large bid of $100,000.
"It was very humbling, and you don't necessarily feel worthy," Tebow said Saturday at TPC Sawgrass, at the golf tournament that concluded the foundation's events. "That day I feel like I've got to do a few extra things to be special, you know? I've got to try to be a little bit better."
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The nature of Tebow's socialization is unspecified, as are the names of the bidders -- those working for the Tim Tebow Foundation were originally concerned that the winners could pony up, but when they found out the names, there was no more concern. One reason for the suspicion was that the winners live in a part of the Florida Keys that isn't known for multimillion-dollar homes and gated communities.
Erik Dellenback, the executive director of the Tim Tebow Foundation, told ESPN New York of the intent of the winning bid, and the thought process of the people behind it.
"They live in a part of town that has a lot of people in need and a lot of people with a lot of wealth, and she felt like bringing Timmy to her town down there would maybe change the town. It sounds like she's going to have a little event where she brings over some of the kids who are in need and some of the kids who are pretty deserving.
"I got goosebumps thinking about it because that's what the night was. You thought (the bid) was for one reason -- which you worry [because] you think, 'Why is somebody paying $100,000?' -- and then you found out what their motives are and you're just blown away by how God had moved in the room at the time."
Dellenback said that Tebow was blown away by the size of the bid, as well.
"I think Tim was stunned. Then I'm sure he went in his head and thought, 'What am I going to do for a day?' But it's great. Now that he knows what he's going to do, he's so excited to do it."
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