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Teen athlete inspires Tim Tebow

Gruesome injury led to meeting, an experience that affected both quarterbacks

Updated: October 11, 2012, 2:49 AM ET
By Ben Houser | ESPN

It's nothing new when a young athlete says he's inspired by New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow. But how often does a young athlete inspire Tebow?

Meet Jacob Rainey. Tebow did on Christmas Eve of 2011, and it was a moment that made a lasting impact on both of them.

"Being able to be with him and hang out with him and see his courage and his outlook on life really inspired me," Tebow told ESPN's "E:60."

The inspiration was mutual.

"I thought that was pretty special. ...

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