01/17/2012 02:09 pm ET

Tebow And Local Woman Form Unlikely Friendship

Even though the football season has ended for Denver quarterback Tim Tebow, his star still shines bright in the household of Kelly Faughnan, whose serendipitous encounter with him at an amusement park led to a date at the College Football Awards.

”I just think he’s great, a really nice guy,” said Kelly, 22, from the living room of her Clifton home just minutes before the NFL playoff game Saturday night between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots.

The story of the gentle friendship between Faughnan and Tebow is noteworthy because it is an anomaly in the brutal world of professional football.

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