Tim Tebow visited his former high school teammate, Rodney Sumter as part of governor Rick Scott’s campaign to boost the victims’ morale. Tim Tebow visited while the latter was recuperating in the hospital. Rodney was Tebow’s former teammate at Nease High School.
Rodney Sumter took 3 gunshot wounds to the back and both his arms were broken. The 27-year-old attended Nease High School with Tim Tebow and played football for Jacksonville University.
Sumter’s rescue from the tragic Orlando shooting in Pulse nightclub was possible through good samaritans who helped him get to the hospital. He was bartending at the Pulse night club when the shooting happened.
Bleeding all over his torso, First Coast News reports that Joshua McGill saw Sumter bleeding from both arms flee the club. McGill tried to stop Sumter’s bleeding on the way to the hospital through a bearhug.
Luckily, Rodney Sumter has been in a stable condition after undergoing surgery to remove the bullets buried in his back.
While nursing himself back to health, the 27-year old received a surprise visit from none other than Tim Tebow.
Based on Rodney’s Instagram post, Tebow did the grand gesture of leaving the Bahamas to visit his wounded former teammate.
“Timmy has a lot of relationships in Orlando. Family. Friends. He wants to do what he can,” a representative for Tim Tebow told TMZ.
Meanwhile, the tragic Orlando shooting claimed the lives of 49 people and injured 53 others. It was dubbed as one of the worst mass shooting in America. Omar Mateen was later identified as the shooter. He lived hours away from the nightclub, NBC News reports.
Shaquille O’Neal also spent some time with the Orlando shooting victims to boost their morale. TMZ further reports that Florida governor Rick Scott organized the events that had other celebrities like footballer Kaka and baseball player Johnny Damon visit the victims while recuperating.
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