Denver’s most popular player of all time used to be John Elway. He probably still is, but he is being chased by a back-up quarterback who has done nothing in the NFL to earn the kind of faith the Denver fans have in him. The only thing Tebow has over Elway is that he came into the league on a high note, unlike Elway’s temper tantrum to enter.
In the 1983 NFL Draft, John Elway was selected as the first overall pick by the Baltimore Colts. He was wary of playing for the Colts because at the time they were one of the worst teams in the league. After throwing a fit (the kind only pampered quarterbacks can), the Colts traded him to the Denver Broncos for a 1st round pick and a couple of players.
Elway went on to have a great career with the Broncos but should also be remembered as the guy that thought he was too good to go through the normal draft process that almost every other player has to go through (right Eli?)
Please remember this fact as you read the comments from Bronco’s fans about Carson Palmer’s current situation. After the 2010 season, a friend of Carson Palmer quoted him as saying, “I will never set foot in Paul Brown Stadium again”; “I have $80 million in the bank,” Palmer reportedly said; “I don’t have to play football for money. I’ll play it for the love of the game, but that would have to be elsewhere.” Palmer’s agent said, “Because of the lack of success that Carson and the Bengals have experienced together, Carson strongly feels that a separation between him and the Bengals would be in the best interest of both parties.”
The similarities between the two players and threatening to not play in order to get their way is strong. However, I think that years from now, only one of them will be in the hall of fame and that is Elway (who has already been inducted).
Then you move on to the ultimate team guy, Timothy Richard Tebow. Here is a guy who is really not a good NFL quarterback right now, but for some reason has the support of the fans. I get it, the guy walks on water and all that but I also understand why many people are sick of this kid. I mean, who the hell writes an autobiography at 23 years old? This reminds me of one of my favorite Tebow stories from the combine:
At the Scouting Combine, the Wonderlic exam is administered to players in groups. The 12-minute test is preceded by some brief instructions and comments from the person administering the test. Per a league source, after the person administering the test to Tebow’s group had finished, Tebow made a request that the players bow their heads in prayer before taking the 50-question exam. Said one of the other players in response: “Shut the fuck up.” Others players in the room then laughed.
Chances are, if the Broncos are down to the Bengals at any point in the game, the Denver fans are going to be chanting for Tebow to enter the game. There is nothing that Bengals fans should want more than to hear those chants. While Orton may not be the flashiest QB and can not turn water into wine, he does give Denver the best chance to win. If Tebow enters, it is because Denver is in trouble and the Bengals are doing well.
Show me where I can donate to the “Start Tim Tebow” billboards.