N.Y. Jets quarterback Tim Tebow has been sidelined by sore ribs and mired on the bench, but the class act reached out Monday to a teen hurting far worse.
Responding to a viral Twitter campaign, Tebow called Matt Hardy, a Shenendehowa (N.Y.) H.S. student hospitalized with injuries suffered in a two-car crash.
Two fellow students, Chris Stewart and Deanna Rivers, were killed; the driver of the other vehicle failed alcohol tests at the scene, according to reports.
Around 7 p.m., the hashtag #TebowCallMatt trended nationally on Twitter. By then, more than 50,000 users had re-tweeted the hashtag. By 9 p.m., Tim called.
Tebow phoned Hardy after 9 p.m. Afterward, Hardy's brother, Michael, tweeted: "TIM TEBOW JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE WITH MATT! SUCH A CLASS ACT!!"
Seriously. The most amazing part is that from Tim, one of the true good guys in sports (whatever you think of his skill level), people almost expect this kind of thing.
A short time later, Tebow himself tweeted: "Thanks to everyone who got #TebowCallMatt trending & helped connect us. Matt truly inspired me. God bless y'all."
Hardy, 17, plays football, baseball and basketball at Shenendehowa. He was upgraded to stable condition in Albany Medical Center on Monday night.
He suffered a concussion and broken bones, according to area news reports.
Another 16,000 re-tweeted #MissyCallBailey - a reference to Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin and Bailey Wind, another teen from nearby Shaker H.S. who survived the crash.
Around midnight, Franklin tweeted that she'd left a phone message for Wind.