SWOON ALERT: Tim Tebow joined Gov. Rick Scott at the state Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee on Monday, posing for pictures with emergency workers & staff.
Yesterday, Scott and Tebow rallied folks at a shelter in Jacksonville.
Before touring the Florida Keys yesterday in a Coast Guard C-130 to survey damage from Hurricane Irma, Gov. Rick Scott talked storm impacts with New York Met minor leaguer and former University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow.
The duo later visited a shelter in Jacksonville, which experienced historic flooding.
Tebow, college football’s 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, had rallied people to volunteer at shelters and with relief efforts.
And this wasn’t the first time the governor took note of Tebow’s assistance with the storm.
On Friday, Scott retweeted a message from Tebow that said, “@FLGovScott is asking for more volunteers. LET’S RALLY, Florida! Go here: volunteerflorida.org.”
Scott last week also retweeted a message from Miami rapper Pitbull, a former paid ambassador for the state’s tourism industry, who said, “Florida residents & visitors, please be diligent. Evacuate where needed. Be safe. We will be back bigger, better, stronger.”
The storm work by Tebow won’t get him a “Great Floridian” honor — Scott’s already endowed him with that.
Tebow was part of the 2013 class of “Great Floridians” that included former Miami Dolphin coach Don Shula, General Norman Schwarzkopf, golfer “Bubba” Watson, and 16th Century Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León, each recognized for making significant contributions to the progress and welfare of Florida.
Tebow, who is also a college-football analyst for ESPN, has his own charity intended to help children in need. He’s said he can envision a future career in politics.
— By Jim Turner.