Tim Tebow visits with Irma evacuees, volunteers at Jacksonville shelter

Gov. Scott, former Gators QB stop by Landmark Middle School

By News4Jax.com Staff , Jim Turner, News Service of Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A New York Mets minor leaguer with a Heisman Trophy from his time in The Swamp brought some star power to Gov. Rick Scott's Hurricane Irma relief efforts.

Scott and Tim Tebow visited a Jacksonville shelter Monday night.

The two stopped by Landmark Middle School on the city's Southside. 

Tebow, who's from Northeast Florida, signed autographs and took photos with Hurricane Irma evacuees, police officers, workers and volunteers. 

"There's a lot of things they are dealing with -- a lot of worry, a lot of doubt, a lot of unknown. But if there's a chance just to brighten their day, put a smile on their face or letting them not worry about their problems for a couple of seconds or minutes, it's worth it," Tebow said. "You can't promise them you're going to make things better, but you can promise you'll stand side-by-side them when they go through it."

The former Florida Gators quarterback said he also made other stops around the city, and in St. Augustine. 

"Thanks @TimTebow for visiting a shelter with me in Jacksonville and supporting @VolunteerFla," Scott tweeted about 11 p.m.

The governor said he's doing everything possible to help get everyone back into their homes. 

The storm work by Tebow won't get him a “Great Floridian” honor -- Scott's already given him that designation.

Tebow was part of the 2013 class of “Great Floridians” that included former Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula, the late Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, golfer Bubba Watson, and 16th Century Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon, each recognized for making significant contributions to the progress and welfare of Florida.

Tebow, who is also a college-football analyst for ESPN, has a charity intended to help children in need. He's also said he can envision a future career in politics.

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