Life and times of Tebow’s NFL career

It’s been a long road for the young man from Florida.

Unbelievable highs and some ugly lows. After the news that Tebow

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released on Saturday by the New England Patriots, let’s relive

them. We’re going to skip his college career, because enough has

been made out of that. We’ve seen all the tapes many times. Let’s

just focus on his NFL days.

Tim goes in the FIRST ROUND

I put the last two words in capital letters because that’s how

momentous of an event that was. Rewind to April 2010. Tim Tebow,

despite a magnificent career at the college level, was being picked

apart by virtually every draftnik in the land. Too slow! Too

inaccurate! Bad throwing motion! Rabble Rabble Rabble! You get the

idea. People said he’d be lucky to go in the third round, at

best.

What people couldn’t have anticipated was Josh McDaniels, the

rookie head coach for the Broncos. He must have been looking to

make a statement because he and the team orchestrated a trade with

the Ravens for the 25th pick in the NFL Draft. And then this

happened:

Tim scores his first NFL touchdown

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Tebow didn’t play much initially with the Broncos, as the

team was still relying on Kyle Orton. However, he did get some game

action and scored his first professional touchdown on Oct 17,

somewhat ironically against the New York Jets. It was just a 5-yard

run, but it was the first of many in a Denver uniform.

Tim sets a Denver team record

Specifically, the Broncos record for the longest touchdown run

by a quarterback. It came in his first NFL start, with the team out

of the playoff race. He ran it in from 40 yards out in the first

quarter:

He also became the first NFL quarterback to score a rushing

touchdown in his first three starts. Tebow would have to wait

another week for his first pro win.

TEBOW TIME begins

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The 2011 season began the same as 2010: with Tebow on the bench

watching Kyle Orton start. However, the arrangement didn’t

last long as new head coach John Fox named Tebow the starting

quarterback before their Week 7 matchup against the Miami

Dolphins.

After trailing most of the game, Tebow came alive late in the

fourth quarter, leading the Broncos to a game-tying touchdown and

an eventual overtime victory. The momentum was gaining.

Tebow fever keeps growing and growing

Following the win over the Dolphins, Tebow and the Broncos won

the next two games and faced a Thursday night matchup against the

Jets. After trailing yet again for the most of the game, Tebow

directed a 95-yard touchdown, with him delivering the final

blow:

Tebow’s winning streak would eventually reach seven games,

with the nation riveted in front of their televisions every

week.

Tim does the unthinkable

After backing into the playoffs, Tebow faced what many believed

to be an unwinnable game against the Steelers at home. After all,

the experts said, Tebow might have beaten a bunch of weak AFC West

teams and other league cellar dwellers, but this was the vaunted

Steelers. Then, Tebow did this on the first play of overtime:

That’s right, a touchdown pass. At that point, people were

wondering if this guy could walk on water.

Tim finds a new home

Despite the magic playoff run, the Broncos decided to go in a

different direction for 2012. They went out and signed free agent

Peyton Manning, then traded Tebow to the New York Jets on March 21,

2012.

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Remember how excited Tim was to be with the Jets? You should,

because he said “I’m excited to be a Jet” at least 40 times during

the introductory news conference. People drooled over the

possibilities of Tebow beating out Mark Sanchez for the starting QB

job in the Big Apple.

Things fall apart

Well, that never happened. For whatever reason, Tebow never saw

significant playing time at quarterback for the Jets. Instead, he

was used sparingly in a number of questionable positions.

It’s hard to find any highlights, but here is one lowlight:

him being hit in the head by a Sanchez pass.

Actually, there is one highlight

Remember the Mark Sanchez buttfumble? Check the tape …

don’t see Tebow out there, do you? That has got to be a

feather in his cap: