Tim Tebow talks faith and touches lives

Published: Apr. 23, 2012 at 2:11 AM CDT|Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 at 1:55 AM CST
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Tim Tebow may be an NFL superstar that has two national championships under his belt and a Heisman trophy on his mantle, but he took time to stop by the Hub City Sunday. Trinity Christian School hosted "Tim Tebow Talks Faith" at the City Bank Coliseum.

The new Jet shared his heart in front of almost 5,000 people. Tebow touched on things like his devout faith and desire to make an impact on children around the world.

"At the end of the day, I don't want my legacy to be known as a football player, I want to be known as someone that's made an impact on kids' lives," Tebow said.

He did just that to 14-year old Tyler Carmichael from Seagraves. Tyler was diagnosed with Leukemia in December after being in remission for eight years. The last few months have been challenging for the teenager, but there were nothing but smiles when he met his role model and hero, Tim Tebow. Tebow took the time to sit and chat with Tyler before the event.

"I got to talk with Tim Tebow today, it was cool," Carmichael said.

Tyler loves that the former Gator, Bronco and now Jet doesn't let the spotlight get to him.

"Even though he's famous, he doesn't let anybody change him," Carmichael said.

However, meeting Tebow has changed Carmichael forever. His parents Melba and Tim were thrilled when they heard their son would get the opportunity to meet Tebow. The Carmichael's, like so many other parents, are thankful their son has Tebow to look up to.

"To be a Christian and uphold his beliefs, we share the same beliefs and he's a very genuine person," Carmichael said.

Emotions were apparent after the family met Tebow. They all agreed this was a chance of a lifetime and that this is something Tyler would remember forever.

"He's genuine; he's the real thing… This is something he'll carry until he's an old man," Carmichael said.

Tebow ended the event encouraging people to have a passion, love what you do and be willing to sacrifice.

"You never know when you're in your fourth quarter, when you're in your two-minute drill, so let's try to finish strong now," Tebow said.

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