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With much in common, Lin, Tebow connect over the phone

New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin and Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow have struck up a friendship over the telephone, Lin's former chaplain at Harvard told People magazine this week.

"Jeremy's been a fan of Tebow's for a while, but only recently were they able to connect," Adrian Tam said. "His comment to me was that Tim is a really great guy and that he's very inspired by him."

Speaking Feb. 20 at the Cartoon Network's Hall of Game awards, Tebow expressed similar sentiments about Lin.

"I've had the pleasure of getting to know him over the last few weeks and what a great guy he is," Tebow said. "How he handles himself and how he carries himself, I think he's a great role model."

Like Tebow, Lin is a Christian who credits his faith for part of his success.

"I've drawn a lot of inspiration," Lin recently told San Francisco's KGMZ-FM. "Just because (Tebow's) a polarizing figure and the things he says in interviews and his approach to the game is just unbelievable ... I actually want to be able to do some of the things he does in terms of the amount of charity work and nonprofit work and the way he impacts people off the field. That is what is most inspiring to me about him."

Lin isn't the only celebrity Tebow has associated with in recent weeks, as Fox Sports reported the Broncos quarterback dined with Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst this week in West Hollywood, Calif. Tebow and Durst both are from Jacksonville, Fla., and Fox Sports reported the two met while Tebow was at the University of Florida.

Tebow has been in Los Angeles working out with UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone.

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