Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow connects with fans with his signing of autographs

8/1/13: Foxborough, MA: NOT FOR DAILY USE, TO BE USED WITH STORY NEXT WEEK.......After the workout was over, Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow leans in to have a word with wheechair bound fan Madelin Beardsley (cq) as he autographs her sign that explains how far she has come to try and meet him. Madelin's father Scott Beardsley looks on. They are from Virginia Beach, Virginia. The New England Patriots held a workout on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium this afternoon. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff) section: sports topic: Patriots(1)
After asking her name, Tim Tebow autographed the poster of wheelchair-bound Madelin Beardsley of Virginia Beach, as her father Scott looked on.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

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Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow sometimes has trouble connecting on passes on the field. His purpose in New England’s offense this season — or in the future — is unclear.

But the way he connects with people transcends football.

After each practice, a handful of Patriots sign autographs. It’s a predetermined group, usually by position. They interact with fans for about 15 minutes near the sun-baked, metal bleachers.

Tebow, unlike most players, has signed nearly every day.

After a practice under the lights at Gillette Stadium last Saturday, Tebow stayed nearly 45 minutes to sign. He was one of the last players off the field.

“It’s a very little thing that can go a long way,” Tebow said.

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