PHOENIX -- Jets quarterback Tim Tebow worked out on the track of Paradise Valley Community College here Tuesday for the second day in a row before a small crowd and alongside Olympic athletes. The training session, which included a group of about five others, lasted about four hours and included some sprints, arms and abs work and intermittent massage sessions.
A group of elite pole vaulters, including Australian gold medalist Steve Hooker, was also training Tuesday and most seemed unfazed by the two dozen onlookers that began to gather for Tebow.
Fans began showing up in the early morning, and Tebow arrived around 9:30 a.m. Many stayed for hours, hoping to meet the superstar. As they watched Tebow, who wore a salmon colored shirt and seemed relaxed and jovial, many exchanged opinions about the backup signal caller's future career. Like many spectators, Grand Canyon University students and sisters Kaylie and Elisa Brittain of Phoenix heard that Tebow was in town through social media. Kaylie, 19, skipped class in hopes of getting a picture with him.
"[Elisa] called me and told me he was here and we jumped in the car and came over," Kaylie Brittain said. "We're just hoping it's worth it."
Unlike many of the onlookers who waited hours outside the gates of the track for the right opportunity to approach Tebow, Phoenix resident Daniel Crocker, 14, followed an athlete onto the field, slipping through an unlocked gate, just minutes after arriving at the facility. Crocker walked across the track and straight up to Tebow, introducing himself as a huge fan. Tebow, who was wrapping up his session at that point, posed for a picture with Crocker.
"He was really nice about it," said Crocker, who is from New York and cheers for the Jets.
Many spectators followed suit after Crocker took the field, but most were turned away and asked to leave. Shortly after, Tebow walked out a back gate, jumped into the back seat of a black sport utility vehicle and left.