People.com had an exclusive with a man who knew Tim Tebow quite well during his college football days. Here’s an excerpt:
As far as college classes go, Melvin Thomas wasn’t looking forward to biology lab. The University of Florida student would rather take a humanities course or an economics course or something more reading-intensive. Science, not so much.
But his biology lab would prove to be one of the more memorable courses of his college career.
His appreciation for his weekly lab started on the first day of class: the day Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow walked into the room, nodded in his direction and sat down in the empty chair at his desk.
“Hi, I’m Melvin.”
“Hi,” Tebow, then the quarterback for the Florida Gators, replied. “I’m Tim.”
They exchanged phone numbers.
An Unassuming Presence
“It was surprising,” Thomas tells PEOPLE of the moment Tebow – whose six-week winning streak came to an end Sunday night in a game against the New England Patriots – walked into