Tim Tebow delivers sermon to crowd of 26,000 in San Diego

Monday June 18th, 2012

New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow gave a sermon in San Diego on Sunday. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Tim Tebow gave a Father's Day sermon to a crowd of about 26,000 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego on Sunday, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Tebow spoke for about 35 minutes, in an interview-style setting with the pastor of El Cajon's Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego. Qualcomm Stadium seats about 70,000 for NFL games. The draw was more than two previous high-profile sermons Tebow gave this year — 20,000 for a sermon in Las Vegas in March and about 15,000 for an Easter Sunday sermon in Texas.

Tebow talked about his father's influence on him, and the lack of "good examples" in the sports world.

The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner from the University of Florida said the professional sports world does a poor job of providing good examples.

“What’s so frustrating is, you have in today’s society so many famous athletes,” he said. “If we would come together and be great role models, it would be amazing to see how the next generation turns out.”

Tebow is a devout Christian known for his public display of his faith on the football field. The quarterback is gearing up for his first season with the New York Jets.

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