January 10, 2012

The Denver Messiah Revives Belief With Mile High Miracle

Stepping up to the 20-yard line on his home field, Quarterback Tim Tebow walks forward to get behind his center, J.D. Walton and surveys the scene. It’s his first postseason appearance in his true inaugural season as a full-time starter and the year is unfolding like stories of the bible. Although the early stretch of starts were lauded with breath-taking comebacks and phenomenal game winning runs early on by the 24-year-old phenom, he has recently been crucified by the media as his team ended the season on a three-game losing streak. After battling all day with the top-rated passing defense, Tebow is now barking out the first play off the sudden death overtime to his teammates as the fans are hoping and praying for a miracle from their savior to keep the Broncos 2011 season alive.

With a prolific running-game that kept the Steelers on their toes for 60 minutes, the Broncos QB bellows hike and appears to be ready to stuff the ball into the waiting arms of RB Willis McGahee. As Pittsburgh gets ready to clog all the running holes, Tebow pulls the ball back into his chest, turns, and looks to see who is biting on the fake handoff. As designed when coach John Fox called in the play when the offense huddled up, nearly everyone on defense is frozen at the line and the defensive backfield is now left in single coverage with no safety help over the top. Suddenly, a darting Demariyus Thomas is finishing off his crossing route and emerges in the middle of the field.

As he reaches back to prepare to fire forward, Tebow cannons the ball and hits number 88 in stride. Seconds later, a huge eruption fills Mile High Stadium, as Thomas sprints into the end zone and completes one of the most unbelievable finishes in NFL postseason history.

In a matter of eleven seconds, Tebow was able to turn water into wine.

As sweet as the win was for the franchise and its fans, the one to breathe the biggest sigh of relief is the man who launched the game-winning pass. While the win gives Tebow his first postseason victory and the ability to move forward into the second round, the victory now establishes himself as Denver’s long-term quarterback.

After getting nailed by the press all week, word was spreading that if the starting quarterback’s play continued to regress in the home playoff game, the team would quickly throw in back up Brady Quinn. A nod to their second string QB would have meant an end to the Tebow-era in Denver and the next ten years of the former Florida quarterback sitting on various team’s sidelines, staring aimlessly out at a field that he, more than likely, would never get a chance to play on again.

The reality of this outcome if he were to have play bad and lose would only be shocking to the fans and his followers. It’s been no secret that the heads of the Denver organization have a bitter distaste for their current starting quarterback. After the ousting of Tebow’s only believer inside the franchise, former head coach Josh McDaniels, it appeared more and more as if he would be doomed to spend his career with a headset and signaling in plays to the huddle. Current coach John Fox proclaimed Kyle Orton the starter early in the season and Vice President of the Broncos, John Elway, never gave a vote of confidence that Tebow was their future.

In hindsight, it looked like a full-out tank job from the start for Denver’s 2011 season with the hope that they could land current NCAA football golden boy: Andrew Luck. Even a bad outing by Tebow against the Steelers could have foreshadowed a big draft day deal by the Broncos to move up to get Luck or Robert Griffin III.

Now with his big output during the playoff win, Tebow not only has revived a portion of confidence from the Broncos franchise heads and coaching staff, but he is now nearly untouchable with his outpouring and overwhelming support from fans all over the country.

It’s no shock that followers of Tebow-mania continue to view him as a martyr, as the man appears to be able to do no wrong even though he’s extremely flawed. Along with his undying devotion to his faith and willingness to vocally praise and give thanks to his lord and savior, Tebow’s unblemished character and personality makes him the most ideal example of a human being who not only talks-the-talk, but walks-the-walk.

Although he’s never being featured on the news with a mug shot, never being shown taken into custody in handcuffs, or have a dark scandal arise and ruin his reputation; Tebow will be the first to acknowledge that he is far from perfect. He openly preaches to the media his pursuit of perfection and how he gives his all each moment he steps onto the field, a desire that is truly unrivaled by no one in sports.

His football career alone is the best reflection of this quality. As of right now, Tebow has the quarterbacking mechanics and skills of a player who would be drafted in the second day of the 2012 NFL Draft. Any and every coach out there would view the young man as a long-term project who is nowhere near ready to take the reins of any NFL franchise at this time.

This season alone echoes the cringing feeling most experts have when discussing Tebow as an NFL play caller. Among all starting QBs, he is near the cellar in all critical categories (28th in QB rating, last in completion percentage and yards per game). It is truly astonishing to see such horrific numbers for a player with a sparkling resume in regards to winning and getting a team over the hump in the fourth quarter (7-4 as a starter in 2011 with six of those wins coming after Denver was losing entering the fourth quarter).

Despite these blemishes and short comings in his professional career, it is his extreme humility, respect, and drive to erase those problems and all his doubters that make Tebow the glorified and beloved sensation that he is today.

It is also why he was so successful against Pittsburgh and the reason he is now the anointed people’s quarterback.

The celebration will be short-lived, as he has his toughest task yet before him in the next round. He will lead his team and followers into Foxboro Stadium to face off against the franchise that began his three-game skid to end the regular season: NFL poster child Tom Brady and his New England Patriots. A daunting task for anyone, let alone the Broncos and their messiah.

Maybe, just maybe though, Massachusetts is just the subsequent location for another miracle and the next chapter in the bible of Tim Tebow.

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