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Tim Tebow Keepsake Thrills Young Fan

Dec 27, 2010 – 5:47 PM
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Dennis J. Georgatos

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Tim TebowDENVER -- As Tim Tebow walked off the field after leading the Denver Broncos past the Houston Texans on Sunday, he searched the stands, took the embossed hand towel from his belt and handed it to a wide-eyed young boy standing by the railing.

Tebow was asked about the gesture during his postgame news conference.

"You'll notice a kid who maybe reminds me of (myself), who's just so excited and loves it and it's something he'll cherish," said Tebow. "I think that's probably what I'm looking for.

"It's an opportunity to run off the field and give a kid something that's not necessarily that expensive or anything nice to me, but if it can help a kid and make a kid feel special and feel thankful. ...

"I remember if I would have been sitting in the front row and (former University of Florida quarterback) Danny Wuerffel would have went by and done that to me, that would have been special. So if I could make some kid's Christmas a little bit better and think about what is the true reason of Christmas and why we're here, that's definitely even more important than winning that game, for me, at least," added Tebow, who regularly gave his hand towel away to someone in the stands while he was at Florida.

The Denver Post's Dave Krieger wrote a column about the episode and spoke to the young boy who was the recipient of the keepsake from Tebow.

Ten-year-old Mitchel Harwood, clad in a Broncos jersey and wearing eye-black tape a la Tebow, was left speechless when the quarterback glanced up at him and handed him the towel.

Later, he told Krieger, "I thought, 'Yeah! Rock on!"

Like Tebow, well at least in terms of starts, it was young Harwood's second Broncos game and first win.

"Now, I have to bring him back," his grandmother, Julia Visconti, told Krieger.

And therein lies the incredible and to some perhaps simplistic yet mystifying appeal that has swirled around Tebow, who is winning hearts at the same time he's winning games.

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