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Tebow draws big crowd to Texas Easter service

Max Sandoval, Jaime Sandoval, Debbie Sandoval and Boomer Sandoval, from left, wait for New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow to speak at Celebration Church’s Easter service in Georgetown, Texas, Sunday, April 8, 2012. (AP Photo/William Philpott)Max Sandoval, Jaime Sandoval, Debbie Sandoval and Boomer Sandoval, from left, wait for New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow to speak at Celebration Church’s Easter service in Georgetown, Texas, Sunday, April 8,more

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Fans of New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow walk to the stage area before an Easter service at Celebration Church in Georgetown, Texas, Sunday, April 8, 2012. Tebow spoke at the Easter on the Hill“ service. cheap jerseys (AP Photo/William Philpott)Fans of New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow walk to the stage area before an Easter service at Celebration Church in Georgetown, Texas, Sunday, April 8, 2012. Tebow spoke at the Easter on the Hill“ service. (APmore

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FILE In this Nov. 17, 2011 file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow warms up before playing the New York Jets in an NFL football game, in Denver. Tebow has been traded from the Denver Broncos to the New York Jets. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez, File)FILE In this Nov. 17, 2011 file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow warms up before playing the New York Jets in an NFL football game, in Denver. Tebow has been traded from the Denver Broncos to themore

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FILE In this Dec. 18, 2011 file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) reacts after a touchdown run by Denver Broncos running back Lance Ball (35) against the New England Patriots in an NFL football game, in Denver. Tebow was traded to the New York Jets, Wednesday, March 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)FILE In this Dec. 18, 2011 file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) reacts after a touchdown run by Denver Broncos running back Lance Ball (35) against the New England Patriots in an NFL footballmore

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FILE In this Nov. 17, 2011 file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow reacts after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the New York Jets in an NFL football game, in Denver. Tebow was traded Wednesday, March 21, 2012, to the New York Jets. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez, File)FILE In this Nov. 17, 2011 file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow reacts after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the New York Jets in an NFL football game, in Denver. Tebow wasmore

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GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) drew a crowd of about 15,000 to an outdoor service Sunday, telling the gathering it’s important to be outspoken about faith while admonishing athletes about not being better role models.

„In Christianity, it’s the Pope and Tebow right now,“ pastor Joe Champion he said. „We didn’t have enough room to handle the Pope.“

Tebow devout Christian, backup NFL quarterback and cultural phenomenon has a flock of admirers drawn as much to his religious leanings as his Heisman Trophy skills.

He told them he welcomed the attention on his convictions as well as the „Tebowing“ prayer pose he often strikes on the field because it puts his faith and prayer in the public conversation.

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