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“I couldn’t be more proud of him. I thank God for his courage,” said Mr. Dixon. “I believe God has given Tim Tebow a platform, and Tim Tebow has the courage to speak from it.”

At Greenwood Stylists in Denver, much of the chatter over the weekend centered on the young quarterback. Stylist Shawnee Mayo said she hadn’t followed the Broncos since John Elway was quarterback in 1998, but now she won’t miss a game.

“There’s an energy. There’s a positive energy out there. He’s a great role model. I notice it with the kids,” said Mrs. Mayo. “My daughter used to never watch the games, and she does now. He’s a great role model.”