Just seven months after handing the hometown San Diego Chargers one of their most crushing defeats of the season, New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, then with the Denver Broncos, returned to Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday.
Only this time, he replaced the football with a microphone and turned the boos into cheers.
"It feels really good to get an applause in this stadium," Tebow said. "It's never happened before."
Tebow led the Broncos to a 16-13 overtime win against the Chargers last November in San Diego, handing the Bolts their six-consecutive loss.
Tebow ventured into what was once -- and still is -- enemy territory to speak at a Father's Day service for Shadow Mountain Community Church, led by pastor David Jeremiah. Shadow Mountain rented out the stadium and invited several area churches to attend.
Some arrived as early as 6 a.m., two hours before gates opened, to tailgate, play touch football and worship.
Tebow went back and forth with Jeremiah, speaking about his faith for little more than half an hour on a stage in the middle of the field.
"The world looks at me as a football player who's a Christian, but I look at the world and say, 'I'm a Christian who happens to play football,'" Tebow said.
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