Talking Points: Tebow scores before game
Sunday, December 25, 2011
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It wasn’t a great day in Buffalo for Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, who threw four interceptions in a 40-14 loss to the Bills.
But Tebow managed to score some points before the game.
The Denver quarterback whose on-field comebacks have intrigued the nation, met Jacob Rainey, whose had part of his right leg amputated after an injury in September, before the Broncos faced the Bills on Saturday.
“I’m excited, I guess, to meet someone that famous,” said Rainey, the highly rated Virginia prep quarterback who was hurt in a scrimmage. “It’s nice that he can take time out of his day to help other people out. I appreciate it.”
Rainey was flown with his family to Buffalo to watch the Christmas Eve game by Tebow’s Wish 15 foundation, which has brought a young fan to every Broncos game this year. Rainey’s story has been inspirational and heartbreaking.
On Saturday, Tebow trotted off the field and met Rainey and his family just after the Broncos finished pregame warm-ups. The Denver QB hugged Rainey’s entire contingent, and the two conversed for several minutes on the sideline.
“We’re just impressed with Tim, already having the foundation at such a young age, giving back to the community,” said Rainey’s dad, Lee. “He understands what it’s all about ... not just wins and losses.
“We’ve always been big Tim Tebow fans before this,” the elder Rainey said. “Now that he’s reached out to bring Jacob up to the game, he made the effort to make a difference.”
That rates high on Talking Points’ quarterback ratings.