Tim Tebow Stops By!
GUEST BLOGGER: Mike M.
Florida Gators star Tim Tebow was in Jacksonville recently to sign autographs for a fundraiser for his foundation dedicated to children.
The event, hosted by Palm Beach Autographs, was held on March 6th 2010 at the Avenues Mall in Jacksonville Florida – home to yours truly and the company for which I work, Football Fanatics.
Anyway, being a Fanatic, I called up my friend Martin Buckley (a rockstar name if ever there was one) who happens to manage the Palm Beach Autographs store AND who happens to be behind the whole shindig.
So I say, “Marty, [no one else calls him that but me] how ’bout a good friend and fellow Gator hookup?”
“What was your name again?” Marty casually replied.
Realizing that this was how he was going to play it, I switched to the professional angle. You see, the Football Fanatics Avenues store is located right across the breezeway from his stellar operation and, as luck would have it, Martin knows our retail staff very well. We even sell some of Palm Beach Autograph’s merchandise on our website.
That – and my offer to give him a copy of my footage if he’d let me shoot the event – enticed him into a more hospitable mood.
Mr. Buckley was exceedingly gracious allowing me a level of access normally only afforded to heads of state and local journalists. Of course, I didn’t actually get to talk to Mr. Tebow. But I did get to film his interview with the local media. I even got my mom and my oldest son in as well by appointing them production assistants.
I also got to hang out and talk to some really great folks. Jacksonville is my adopted hometown and chatting up the good folks of the city at an event like this always makes me remember why I stay here (well…that and my wife refuses to live anywhere else).
“What was Tebow like?” friends asked me afterward. I’d say he’s the real deal – friendly, well-mannered and unfailingly nice and polite. Of course, that comes from spending about two hours a mere three feet from him and not getting to talk to him, but if you’ll settle for a fly-on-the-wall perspective, there it is.
Anyway, enjoy the 10 minute video. You’ll find shots of the signing, interviews and scenes from the event. If you love Tim Tebow, it has most of the complete media interview with him.
Thanks for checking us out and have a great day.