Whatever you think of Tim Tebow, you can't doubt his sincerity.
On Easter Sunday, nearly 15,000 worshipers flocked to Celebration Church in Georgetown, Texas, to hear the newest New York Jet speak at that morning's service.
Churchgoers gathered in fields for a music-filled outdoor service, with people flocking from miles around to hear and see the deeply devout Christian football star.
During the service, the former University of Florida star turned NFL sensation, who was recently traded, joined the pastor on stage for a 20-minute interview.
"It's OK to be outspoken about your faith," said Tebow, the son of former Baptist missionaries who became known for wearing Bible verses on his eyeblack.
Tebow good-naturedly talked about the craze known as "Tebowing," noting that he's done it for the past seven years now and doesn't mind being parodied.
It means prayer is being talked about, he says, which is what matters.
Tebow recently reached out to the church's pastor, Joe Champion, about visiting his congregation, and Easter Sunday happened to the best date for the football star.
On a typical Easter, the church attracts about 10,000 people, Champion said. So Tebow proved a big lure for people who would otherwise not have come.
"In Christianity, it's the Pope and Tebow right now," Champion told the congregation on Sunday morning. "We didn't have enough room to handle the Pope."