It’s not every day that you come face to face with a Heisman Trophy winner, let alone a NCAA National Champion.
So to do this in England was one event I will never forget for the rest of my life.
This guy may be 13 years my junior but meeting a College legend (and hopefully a future NFL legend) was my personal highlight from attending the San Francisco 49ers v Denver Broncos game at Wembley Stadium.
Having sprinted through about five blocks of seats to try and meet Tim after he had completed his own pre-game warm up I was very pleased to find Tim engaging warmly with both US based fans who had travelled thousands of miles as well as UK fans, who like me, were in awe of this legend of College football standing about one metre away from us all.
Wearing my rather faded Washington Redskins hat I quickly whipped it of my rather sweaty forehead and thrust in in front of the unflappable Tebow. He did say that he had to get back to the locker room for his pre-game team talk, but he made sure all of us fans who were holding out hats, programs or NFL trading cards were all signed with a black Sharpie.
I think a few of the younger UK fans I stood next to were not quite sure who Tim Tebow was, but regardless he was a gentleman to all fans and looked genuinely happy to be shaking hands and signing items for us mere mortals.
Tebow will not have a rookie season that will match the likes of the Rams Sam Bradford, or even the benched Panthers 2nd round 2010 pick Jimmy Clausen, but if he continues to show the same amount of respect to his fans he did on Sunday (31 Oct 2010) then he deserves more playing time.
Having said that it was extra special that the first touchdown scored at Wembley this year was a quarterback run by none other than Tebow himself.
It can’t be every day that you get to meet an NFL rookie quarterback, get him to sign your hat and then watch him score a rushing touchdown.
A special day indeed.