KANSAS CITY, Mo. —
The Shockers are such a big deal in Wichita that hundreds of fans showed up at the airport to greet them over the weekend, and thousands turned out at Koch Arena for a pep rally on Sunday. Heck, they even got impromptu congratulations from Tim Tebow.
The Shockers had just returned from Salt Lake City and boarded a bus on the airport tarmac in Wichita when the NFL quarterback, whose plane had stopped to refuel, asked the pilot to taxi over to them. He hopped on their bus and, basically, told them to live it up.
“Some of you may go play in the NBA and have great lives, but this you’ll remember forever,” Tebow told the players. “This is what it’s made of, and this is a special time in your life.”
The message lasted just a couple minutes, but it left quite an impression.
“I’m a big Tim Tebow fan,” Marshall said, “and he came on and was perfect — ‘This is a time you’ll remember for the rest of your life, and take advantage of it.”’