Tim Tebow has gained national attention as the quarterback of the Denver Broncos. Can his magic continue in the NFL.
If you follow the National Football League (NFL) in America, you have certainly heard about Tim Tebow. The quarterback of the Denver Broncos has captured the attention of American football fans not only in Denver, but across the country. He has been called polarizing because of his strong Christian faith, but Tim Tebow is also known as a winner. He has certainly proven he is a winner leading the Denver Broncos to a 6-5 record since taking over the starting quarterback job after the Broncos started 1-4.
Who is Tim Tebow
Tim Tebow was born on August 14, 1987 in the Philippines where his mother and father were serving as Christian Baptist missionaries. His mother became very ill during the pregnancy and was advised to abort the birth and she refused. This led to Tim Tebow and his strong Christian faith and a controversial anti-abortion commercial during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 that featured Tim Tebow and his mother Pam that prompted protests from women groups across the country. The ad turned out not to be nearly as controversial as most thought it would be.
The Tebow family moved to Jacksonville, Florida where they homeschooled their children. Because of Florida law, even though a child was homeschooled, they could still play sports for the local high school teams. Tim Tebow played quarterback for Nease High School and gained prominence when he was named Florida Player of the Year. During his next season as a senior, he was once again named Florida Player of the Year. Amazingly, he finished a high school game that year with a broken leg.
Tim Tebow at the University of Florida
Tim Tebow was a highly sought after and recruited quarterback and ended up playing for the University of Florida Gators from 2006 to 2009 and became the first sophomore college football player ever to win the Heisman Trophy Award. He also became the first major college quarterback to throw for 20 touchdowns and run for 20 touchdowns in the same season. While playing quarterback for the Florida Gators, Tebow broke the Southeastern Conference record for rushing touchdowns with 52, breaking the former record held by running back Hershel Walker of Georgia. In 2009, Tim Tebow led the 2008 season Florida Gators to a National Championship. Tim Tebow also won many awards during college including:
- Southeastern Conference (SEC) All Freshman Team 2006
- Heisman Trophy winner in 2007
- Maxwell Award winner 2007
- Sporting News Player of the Year in 2007
- NCAA Quarterback of the Year in 2007
- 2007 Harley Award Winner
- Associated Press Player of the Year in 2007
- Manning and Maxwell Award winner in 2008
- Southeastern Conference (SEC) Offensive Player of the Year of 2008
- Voted First Team All American by Associated Press, Sporting News, Football Writers Associated, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports and College Football News.
- Southeastern Conference (SEC) offensive Player of the Year in 2009
- The Sugar Bowl Most Outstanding Player Award in 2009
- William V. Campbell Award in 2009
- Sports Illustrated Player of the Year award in 2009
- Tim Tebow was also a Heisman Trophy Award finalist in 2008 and 2009.
Tim Tebow in the NFL
Tim Tebow bypassed the 2009 NFL draft so he could finish at Florida as a senior. He then entered the 2010 NFL draft and the debate over whether he could really be an NFL quarterback started. Former coaches and analyst like John Gruden made the statement that Tebow could change or revolutionize the pro football game, calling Tebow the strongest quarterback ever to play in the NFL. Tony Dungy said he would pick Tebow in the top 10 picks. Others said that Tebow could not play a pro game because in college he never learned how to throw the football properly and could only run option plays. Most thought Tim Tebow would or should go in the second or third round of the NFL draft.
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Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos
At the time of the April 2010 NFL draft, Josh McDaniels was the head coach of the Denver Broncos. Coach McDaniels shocked most people and traded up in the draft and picked Tim Tebow as the Denver Broncos second pick in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft, the 25th pick of the NFL draft.
The Denver Broncos traded quarterback Jay Cutler for quarterback Kyle Orton in 2009. Orton was the starting quarterback for the Broncos through the 2009 and 2010 season until Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels was fired after 12 games. Interim head coach Eric Studesville started Tim Tebow as quarterback and the Tebow excitement started.
As the 2011 season started, new head coach John Fox and VP of Football Operations John Elway named Kyle Orton as the starting quarterback of the Broncos to the dismay of many vocal fans in Denver and around the country.
At the start of the 2011 season, Tebow fans were very vocal, calling sports talk radio shows screaming for Tebow to start and it became almost fanatical. Some said it was strictly because of his Christian faith, others said they believe he was a winner and others just said it was the right move to bring excitement back to the Denver Broncos. As the Broncos continued to lose, the calling for Tebow to start became even louder. After Orton started 1-4, Coach John Fox benched Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow became the starting quarterback.
Tim Tebow NFL Excitement
As of now, Tim Tebow has gone 5-1 with the Broncos as the starting quarterback in 2011 and has been very exciting. The entire country has caught on to Tebow fever. All national television and radio sports talk shows cannot go one day without a Tim Tebow story. At first this seemed media driven, but as Tebow has continued to win and guide the Denver Broncos to win after win after a terrible start, most everyone is starting to believe he is a real winner.
On October 23, 2011, Tim Tebow brought the Denver Broncos back from a 15-0 deficit with just three minutes left and won the game. This was the biggest come from behind win with this short amount of time since the NFL/AFL merger in 1970. And the excitement started to grow. With just two and half minutes left in the game, Tim Tebow threw two touchdown passes and tied the game as he ran for a two point conversion.
With a big loss to the Detroit Lions, Broncos head coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy changed the offense to what Tim Tebow knew best. And that is called the read-option, which isn’t normally seen in the NFL. Many talk show hosts are laughing at this, saying this cannot work or last, it will be interesting to see how this works out. Tim Tebow ran 22 times during the November 27th game against the San Diego Chargers in a Denver Broncos victory. This was the most rushes for an NFL quarterback since 1950.
Tebowing has become another part of the Tim Tebow craze where players and fans kneel down in a praying motion. Nothing is very unusual about this with NFL players, but since Tebow was shown around the country doing this, it has become the national craze with players and NFL fans showing themselves Tebowing on Twitter.
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Tim Tebow and the AFC Playoffs
Even though Tebow and the Broncos lost their last three games of the 2011 season, they still won the AFC West and made the playoffs. The first playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers was tied 23-23 at the end of regulation. The first play of overtime, Tebow threw an 80 yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas to win the game.
The Broncos lost the next game to the New England Patriots to end an exciting 2011 season.
Where Will the Tim Tebow Craze Continue
During the off season, in March 2012, the Denver Broncos signed veteran quarterback Peyton Manning, who will be the next starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos. Currently, Tim Tebow doesn’t know if he will continue with the Broncos or play for a new team. The Tim Tebow Craze will continue somewhere.
Tim Tebow Traded
On March 21, 2012, the Denver Broncos traded Tim Tebow to the New York Jets. The Broncos sent Tebow and a 7th round pick and got a 4th and 6th round in return.
Some root for Tim Tebow because he is just a good guy, others root for him because they are Florida Gator fans and saw what he did while playing there and others root for him because of his religion. It will be interesting to watch the next stage of the Tim Tebow craze and for which team it continues.
Copyright © December 2011-2012 Sam Montana
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