Tebow balances football, philanthropic work

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ENGLEWOOD, COLO. (AP) - There’s a quarterback Tim Tebow can’t wait to meet while in Buffalo for a pivotal late-season game. A special guest showing up at his request.

And no, it’s not former Bills star Jim Kelly.

Tebow is bringing in Jacob Rainey, a highly touted prep player from a private school in Virginia who had part of his right leg amputated after a severe knee injury during a fall scrimmage.

Tebow is looking forward to chatting with Rainey before and again after the Denver Broncos‘ game against the Bills on Saturday.

For as dedicated as Tebow is about improving on the field, he’s just as devoted to his engagements off it.

That’s why losses really don’t linger. He’s already turned the page after the Broncos‘ 41-23 home loss to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on Sunday.

“I’ll move on and continue to be positive and everything,” Tebow said Tuesday.

As if he knows any other way.

Tebow has become the center of the football universe since guiding the Broncos (8-6) from the brink of playoff extinction back into contention. Denver leads the AFC West by a game over Oakland and San Diego after rebounding from a 1-4 start under Kyle Orton. The Broncos are in prime position to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2005 season.

Tebow’s name and image have been popping up all over as he’s appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, been mentioned at the Republican debate in Iowa and spoofed during a “Saturday Night Live” skit in which the show playfully mocks his faith.

Although Tebow hasn’t seen the clip yet, his teammates have watched it.

“I’ve heard some players have been laughing about it a little bit,” Tebow said.

Tebow doesn’t mind all the attention. It gives him a platform for his causes, such as the Tim Tebow Foundation’s “Wish 15” program. On Sunday, he brought in Kelly Faughnan, who is dealing with tumors and seizures.

“It gives her an opportunity to have a good time and gives her a little hope and puts a smile on her face,” Tebow said. “Ultimately, that’s what’s important. As hard as it is to say it, that’s more important than even winning or losing the game.”

With every passing game, Tebow steadily improves in the passing department.

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