Rodney Sumter and Tim Tebow were high school teammates at Nease High in Ponte Vedra (Fla.). Tebow would go on to win two national titles and the Heisman Trophy. Sumter would play at Jacksonville University and then move to Orlando, working as a dancer and bartender, according to The Orlando Sentinel.
Sumter was tending bar at Pulse nightclub on the night of the massive shooting and has been recovering at Orlando Regional Medical Center after being shot three times and breaking both his arms, according to the Florida Times Union and what he has posted on his Instagram account.
Among those who came to see him in the hospital was Tebow.
On his Instagram account, Sumter wrote: “My high school quarterback left the Bahamas to come and see me. Tebow has always been an awesome person.”
According to The Orlando Sentinel, Sumter also posted a photo with Orlando City captain Kaká, former baseball star Johnny Damon and Florida Gov. Rick Scott. A number of sports stars and others have been visiting the hospital to check on the victims.
Sumter has remained upbeat since the shooting and often posts Bible verses on his Instagram account: “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 so much for the heavy support that I have received. It definitely hasn’t gone unnoticed.”