Being a role model important to Tebow


Tim Tebow won't stop doing charity work when he begins the second chapter of his NFL career.

"I'm looking forward to doing things here and figuring out a way to make a difference and try to help," Tebow said Monday at his first news conference since the New York Jets traded for the quarterback.

Tebow is proud of his Tim Tebow Foundation and said it's extremely important to him.

The foundation currently supports 650 orphans and is working on building 18 "Timmy's Playrooms" and a hospital in the Philippines.

"Ultimately, I know that's more important to me than anything I do on the football field, is the ability to brighten a kid's day or the ability to make someone smile," Tebow said.

"You have an opportunity -- but I believe more than that, a responsibility -- to be a good role model and to set a good example and to make a difference in kids' lives, especially the ones that look up to you as a football player," he said.

Tebow recalled meeting former Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel at his church when he was 8 years old.

"I was probably the 120th kid in line and waiting like an hour, but he signed all the autographs and I still remember how that made me feel as a little boy," Tebow said. "I still have that autograph at my parents' house in Jacksonville, Fla."