Potential Tebow Visit Excites Keys Residents

$100,000 charity auction bid will bring Tim Tebow to the Keys

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    Tim Tebow is coming to the Florida Keys.

    The New York Jets quarterback (and former Florida Gator) auctioned off a day of his time to benefit his charity, the Tim Tebow Foundation, and a Keys couple reportedly won with a $100,000 bid.

    The couple's identity has not been released, but Tebow Foundation executive director Erik Dellenback confirmed to the Jacksonville Times-Union that the couple has "a place in the Keys, which is where [Tebow is] going to go."

    "It was incredible," Tebow told the Times-Union of the bid. "It's humbling. You don't feel worthy, but when people care about your cause and know that you're trying to do something for other people, it's amazing to see what can happen."

    Dellenback described the the area where the couple resides in the Keys as "a part of town that has a lot of people in need and a lot of people with a lot of wealth." The winning bidders hope Tebow can bring cheer to area children in need and help publicize their needs.

    The details of Tebow's appearance have yet to be determined, and have left local residents guessing. Javier Garrido, former president of the Key West Gator Club, told the Miami Herald Wednesday, "We've heard some rumors but there is nothing concrete."

    Whenever and wherever it happens, Tebow will surely draw plenty of attention. Though he is a backup quarterback, his very public comments about faith and charity have made him quite popular among a large portion of football fans.

    "It'll be a lot of fun," Tebow said. "She said it will happen whenever I have time. They're a very special family as far as how they've supported the foundation."