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Pro football players have made their religious faiths public for decades — the Dallas Cowboys of the 1970s were pretty outspoken about it, to be specific — but it’s safe to say that no football player at any level, in the history of the game, has transcended his on-field doings and connected with fans in a spiritual sense than Tim Tebow. On Easter Sunday, the Tebow brand made its way to a church in Georgetown, Texas, so that the quarterback could take questions from pastor Joe Champion of Celebration Church.

“I think it’s exactly what we wanted to have happen,” Champion said. “We had people coming from all over the region; even from out of state. One lady drove 17 hours from Indianapolis with her two daughters, and Tim just did an outstanding job of sharing Easter and the life of Christ in his personal testimony. We were just thrilled with everything about [the service].”

Tebow, who requested the opportunity to speak, hit the stage at the huge service to passionate applause from those in attendance, and the attendees who could not see him on stage because he was too far away were helped by giant video screens.

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

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