Tim Tebow on helping fan: I just wanted to be there for him
Tim Tebow talked on Wednesday about the “miracle” he performed by helping a fan who had a seizure on Tuesday.
Tebow was signing autographs after his Arizona Fall League debut Tuesday in Glendale, Ariz., when one of the fans passed out and began having a seizure. Tebow went to help the fan, put his hands on the man, and began praying. The fan came-to while Tebow was praying over him.
“I just wanted to be there, wanted to pray for him,” Tebow said Wednesday of the incident. “(I) didn’t know exactly what was going on but just wanted to be there to pray for him and lift him up and be there for him in whatever you could possibly do.”
Tebow stopped short of calling his act a miracle as others did, but he did confirm his hands were on him and he was praying when he came-to.
“I was praying for him at the time he woke up,” Tebow told reporters, via ESPN’s Adam Rubin.
The fan, 30-year-old Brandon Berry, was released from the hospital on Wednesday, per Rubin. Tebow said he felt relieved when Brandon woke up.
“Relief. Relief that he was conscious,” Tebow said of his feelings as the situation unfolded.
He was then asked about his approach that seemingly comforted and helped Berry.
“You never want to diagnose someone that’s going through something, but you at least know that he’s awake and you try to be there for him until the paramedics show up. Honestly, (you try to) make him smile and take his mind off of whatever he’s going through. Just treat him normal like anybody else.
“In my opinion, when people are going through some really tough times, they still want to be treated normal, they still want to be treated like a friend.”
Whether you believe Tebow’s assistance actually helped Berry pull through or not, it’s clear the former Heisman Trophy winner has a knack for putting even strangers at ease and making them feel comfortable.