Tim Tebow says he is “totally uplifted” after meeting a World War II veteran at a Hurricane Irma shelter.
The former National Football League (NFL) quarterback on Monday tweeted out a video of the veteran playing a harmonica for him at the shelter that evening.
Tebow, who is now a minor league baseball player in the New York Mets organization, also thanked the Red Cross for its efforts in the aftermath of Irma.
News 4 Jax on Monday reported that Tebow visited a shelter at Landmark Middle School in Jacksonville, Florida, that night alongside Gov. Rick Scott (R).
Tebow, who hails from northeast Florida, signed autographs and posed for pictures alongside Irma evacuees, police officers, volunteers and workers.
“There’s a lot of things they are dealing with – a lot of worry, a lot of doubt, a lot of unknown,” he said.
“But if there’s a chance just to brighten their day, put a smile on their face or letting them not worry about their problems for a couple of seconds or minutes, it’s worth it,” Tebow continued.
“You can’t promise them you’re going to make things better, but you can promise them you’ll stand side-by-side them when they go through it.”
Tebow added that he had made other stops elsewhere in Jacksonville and a visit to St. Augustine.
The former football star first turned heads by winning the Heisman Trophy in 2007 while serving as the University of Florida’s quarterback.
Tebow then entered the NFL, where he most notably played as a quarterback for the Denver Broncos.
The Florida native now plays baseball for the St. Lucie Mets, serving as an outfielder for the Mets’ High-A affiliate.
Tebow is famous for his outspoken Christian beliefs, and he has frequently been cited as a professional sports role model.
Irma struck Florida as a Category 4 hurricane Sunday and has since weakened to a tropical depression.