Tebow visits bartender of gay nightclub in Orlando hospital – 'what Christianity is all about'

by Michael Foust, Guest Reviewer |

ORLANDO, Fla. (Christian Examiner) – Television football analysist and former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow has won over even more fans for making a hospital visit to the bartender of the gay nightclub where 49 patrons were shot and killed in mid-June.

Rodney Sumter, a bartender at the Pulse nightclub, posted a picture on Instagram showing himself and a smiling Tebow in Sumter's hospital room. The two played football together at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Sumter has two broken ribs after being shot three times, according to the Florida Times-Union.

"My high school quarterback left the Bahamas to come and see me," Sumter wrote. "Tebow has always been an awesome person."

Sumter played college football at Jacksonville University, while Tebow starred at the University of Florida. Sumter's Instagram account describes him as a model, fitness trainer, dancer, bartender and father.

Instagram user Richard Gerald Evans wrote, "THIS is what Christianity is all about or should be-- God bless you both!"

Another person on the site, Andy Adami, added, "More people should be like Tebow, that's an all-around decent human being right there."

Sumter could have died from his wounds if someone had not stopped the bleeding by using a shirt as a bandage, according to First Coast News.

Sumter himself has posted Christian content since the shooting. In his first Instagram post after the shooting, he posted a picture of himself with the caption, "No weapons formed against me shall prosper. Life changing experience and I don't want to do anything but share my testimony and turn my life over to the Lord. I don't have my phone so I can't respond to you all through text or Facebook just yet. But thank you so so much for the heavy support that I have received. It definitely hasn't gone unnoticed. Still in excruciating pain but 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me' -- Philippians 4:13."