JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

For the last couple of months, Tim Tebow has been hard at work, lifting weights and getting into shape for a career in the NFL. Saturday afternoon his throwing arm got a much different work out.

For four hours the former Florida Gator quarterback signed autographs and posed for pictures with fans. The event was held inside Palm Beach Autographs in the Avenues Mall.

June Bailey said meeting the signal caller was something she'd been looking forward to. "I got to shake his hand and it was really a thrill," she said. "He is a wonderful person."

The event was Tebow's first public event since finishing his run at the University of Florida. Fans paid $160 for an autograph and brought a variety of items for him to sign.

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Charles Hoyle brought his Bible for Tebow to sign.

"This is one of the most precious things to me in this world," he said. "To have him autograph it makes it even more special."

Most of the money raised at Saturday's signing will go towards the Tim Tebow Foundation. The organization's website said it wants to bring faith and hope to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need.