Things may have not been all so dandy for Jets’ backup QB Tim Tebow this season, but that certainly doesn’t stop the holy man from having a good heart this time of year—you know, with the Holiday season coming and all. Tebow, who’s been sidelined due to sore ribs, reached out Monday night to an upstate New York teenager who’s feeling a lot more aching than he is.
In light of a recent Twitter campaign that went viral, Tebow called Matt Hardy, a 17-year-old Shenendehowa High School student, who was hospitalized with injuries that he suffered Saturday night in a two-car crash. Two fellow students were killed in the accident, Chris Stewart and Deanna Rivers, as ABCLocalGo reports. And here’s the skinny on Tim’s good gesture:
The driver of the other vehicle failed alcohol tests at the scene, reports said. Around 7 p.m., the hashtag #TebowCallMatt trended nationally on Twitter. By then, more than 50,000 Twitter users had retweeted the hashtag. Another 16,000 retweeted #MissyCallBailey — a reference to Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin and Bailey Wind, another teen from nearby Shaker High School who survived the crash.
Tebow called Hardy after 9 p.m. Afterward, Hardy’s brother, Michael, tweeted: “TIM TEBOW JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE WITH MATT! SUCH A CLASS ACT!!” A short time later, Tebow tweeted: “Thanks to everyone who got #TebowCallMatt trending & helped connect us. Matt truly inspired me. God bless y’all.”
Hardy plays football, baseball and basketball at Shenendehowa, according to the Berkshire Eagle. He was upgraded to stable condition in Albany Medical Center on Monday night with a concussion and broken bones, the newspaper reported.
Around midnight, Franklin tweeted that she had left a phone message for Wind.