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Tim Tebow visits 'Wicked' on Broadway

March 26, 2012 |  8:00 am

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Tim Tebow, the former Denver Broncos quarterback who was recently traded to the New York Jets, paid a visit to Broadway this weekend, attending a performance of the hit musical "Wicked" at the George Gershwin Theatre.

The football player attended Saturday night's performance of the show, according to a report in the New York Daily News. He slipped into the theater about five minutes before curtain and was escorted out of the theater's back door.

(Did Tebow pay for his own ticket? Or was the athlete comped by the show's producers? The fact that photographers were in place ready to snap the athlete's picture at the theater suggests the latter.)

"Wicked," a prequel to "The Wizard of Oz," opened in 2003 and has played more than 3,400 performances on Broadway. The show has also toured the U.S. and internationally.

Tebow, 24, has become famous for his habit of praying on one knee during football games, an act nicknamed "Tebowing."

The athlete has become the talk of New York since he was traded last week. The Associated Press reports that the famous Carnegie Deli is naming a sandwich after him.

Tebow wouldn't be the first Jet to give his regards to Broadway. Quarterback Mark Sanchez is a fan of stage musicals, having attended "Wicked" and "Memphis." Sanchez even presented at the Tony Awards in 2010.

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Photo: Tim Tebow prays before a November game between the Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders. Credit: Ezra Shaw / Getty Images

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