I am a Denver Broncos fan and I make no apologies for that, I’ve been a fan since I started watching football all the way back in 2003. In those 8 years I’ve been a Denver fan, I can’t remember us ever having a season quite like this, nor can I remember a season that has been this fun to watch. Obviously this has a lot to do with Tim Tebow.
Tim Tebow was drafted in the 2010 NFL draft by then coach Josh McDaniels (even though he was a terrible head coach, he knew the QB position better then anyone I would argue). McDaniels was fired before Tebow would start his first game, at the end of the 2010 season. He would finish the season with a 1-2 record, with the sole victory coming against the Houston Texans in typical comeback fashion in which Tebow would pass for ever 300 yards. Denver would finish the 2010 season with a 4-12 record and have the second overall pick in that Aprils draft (used to select rookie sensation, Von Miller). Following the 2010 season, the NFL would go into lockout mode and Tim Tebow could not work with his new coach John Fox, new boss, John Elway, or have any communication with any member of the Broncos organization. With a shorten preseason, Kyle Orton was placed in as starting QB. I can’t say I blame Denver for this, Orton statistically has been an above average Quarterback, and with a shorten preseason, makes the most sense to start the more prepared Orton. The 2011 Broncos began their season going 1-4, with their only victory coming at the hands of the overrated Bengals. At this point, the Denver fans needed a change, insert Tebow. Tebow replaced Orton halfway through a game against San Diego and almost finished a dramatic comeback.
Tebow is now 7-1 as Denvers starter this year and is poised to lead the team to the playoffs and make his first Pro-Bowl. Is he the best passer in the NFL? No, not by a long shot. But since when is that all the Quarterback position entails? Quarterbacking is more about leading then it is about making a pass look pretty. Before Tebow took over, the Broncos were a combined 5-16 since the beginning of the 2010 Season. With Tebow as the starter, they are 8-3. Tebow somehow gets the other players to play better when he starts. If you read any of the other players tweets, they are fully sold on Tebow as their leaders. Von Miller, who should be NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and an anchor for our new defense, has said on multiple occasions that Tebow is his guy and he will ride with Tebow until they die.
I fully believe that all the hate Tebow receives isn’t because he doesn’t possess the same skill set as Aaron Rogers, but because he is a follower of Christ and isn’t ashamed to tell everyone. He openly prays during games, thanks God and gives him the glory during press conferences, and talks about his relationship with Christ in interviews. And rightfully, that makes people feel uncomfortable. People love to watch Christians fail and do things that hurt their testimony. I remember when I told a Christian friend of mine that John Piper was taking a leave, she assumed it was because of marital infidelity. The world just wants Christians to fail.