Tim Tebow Draws Praise from Franklin Graham for His Bold Faith

After Tebow’s two-hit performance for in a pre-season game Wednesday, Graham voiced support for the Mets outfielder, calling him a “class act” and noted his “bold stand” for his faith in Jesus Christ.

Graham, who heads the Billy Graham Evangelical Association, praised the Heisman Trophy winner, author, NFL analyst and former NFL quarterback for his strong performance against Miami.

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In five pre-season games, Tebow has gone 3-for-14, all three hits coming in his last six at-bats. In an earlier game he made a critical diving catch to help win the game.

“Tim is a class-act,” wrote Graham. “I appreciate the bold stand he takes for his faith in Jesus Christ!” Graham has been following Tebow’s career since he was a quarterback for the Eagles and has called him a “true leader both on and off the field” who “lives out his Christian faith at every turn.”

Tebow has spoken repeatedly that he’d rather be known for his mission work off the field than any success upon it, reported The Gospel Herald.  “I want my life to be so much more than that ...

“I want to be known as someone who brings faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day during their darkest hour of need, and that is something that is a life calling for me. So much bigger than sports.”

He noted that he is appreciative for the success he’s had in sports, because it has given him a platform.

Tebow was born in the Philippines to missionary parents and has since then founded a hospital in Davao City, Philippines to help care for low-income children with critical orthopedic needs.

Tebow was moved up to 7th in the order and is batting .214 after five games. “He’s handled himself tremendously in the clubhouse. The guys have taken to him. He wants to be just part of the guys,” Mets manager Terry Collins told MiLB.com.

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