Published March 20, 2012 - 9:18am
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The Denver Broncos have reportedly won the Peyton Manning sweepstakes. John Elway, John Fox and a host of others out West will soon welcome the four-time MVP with open arms after two weeks of frequent flights, meetings and recruiting itineraries.
But somewhere in the Mile High City — if not back home — sits Tim Tebow, the odd man out and poster child for the NFL last season. Where does this leave Denver’s savior who led the Broncos to the divisional round of the playoffs and captivated a fan base in dire need of success after the Elway-Terrell Davis era?
The former All-American, Heisman winner and two-time national champion at Florida is probably packing his bags because he won’t be sticking around. Early indications reveal the Broncos are trying to trade the dual-threat quarterback who won eight games as a starter in 2011 with sub-par, three-quarter performances that became earth-shattering in the final frame and beyond.
The Broncos have dumped their franchise and fan-favorite player for a proven, future Hall of Famer who transforms Denver into a legitimate Super Bowl contender with command of the offense and an accurate arm.
We get that.
But what about Tebow?
The motivational captain respected by peers both on and off the field will have another opportunity at squashing doubters with a new playbook and a different supporting cast under new management next fall. You won’t hear any disappointment from Tebow and he’ll leave town with no hard feelings. He’ll politely move on to the next stop and do what he has done since Pop Warner — win.
Sure, investing millions into a 24-year-old quarterback with a career 75.1 rating is a gamble, but you won’t have to worry about selling tickets or an egocentric personality ruining a locker room. The addition of Tebow to a roster, if nothing else, provides instant camaraderie between teammates and fans in the seats.
As many players have pointed out, Tebow brings out the best in his teammates. They play harder when a guy like that leads the huddle. He’s a champion, a warrior and a role model unafraid to broadcast his faith to the rest of the world, a true face for the NFL.
I hope Tebow wins wherever he ends up and goes head-to-head with Manning in the postseason. Everyone roots for the underdog and I’ll do the same.
Will you pay attention to the Manning-led Broncos or follow the fighting Tim Tebows each week?