Tim Tebow made his debut in the Arizona Fall League Tuesday, but his most impressive moment came off the field.
While signing autographs after the Scottsdale Scorpions baseball game, the 29-year-old athlete saw a fan — identified by ABC as Brandon Berry — having what appeared to be a seizure. Tebow put his hand on the man and prayed over him while waiting for paramedics to arrive. Then witnesses say the man began breathing again.
Fans took to Twitter to share what had transpired, with Kari Van Horn of ABC 15 Arizona writing she had just “witnessed a miracle.”
Tebow reportedly stayed with Berry until emergency medical technicians arrived and transported the fan to the hospital.
“You just remember what’s important,” Tebow later told ABC News. “Baseball’s awesome, it’s something I’m so excited I get a chance to pursue, but what’s important is lives matter, people matter. This young man, he mattered. So my first instinct was to just be with him, put my hands on him and pray for him.”
He continued, “We get caught up in so many different things, things that we’re pursuing and we forget about what matters most is the people around us.”
Of the experience, Berry told the Associated Press, “I just remember just being very disoriented. Then I saw Tim.”
The former NFL quarterback signed with the Mets last month. While some analysts called it a publicity stunt, other experts noted that he had some natural talent. In fact, Tebow slammed a home run over the fence on the first pitch of his first at-bat as a professional baseball player.
The game wasn’t perfect, though: at one point, Tebow ran into the outfield wall while chasing a flyball, said the AP.