Tim Tebow came to Broadway in March as a backup, already a bona fide star.
NFL fans nationwide caught sight of him on TV last season, leading the Denver Broncos to one improbable comeback after another and then into the playoffs. His force-of-nature style was the talk of the league, with fans ''Tebowing'' at games and parties, in their offices and living rooms. When actor Robert Downey dropped to a knee and bowed his head in prayerful pose at the Oscars, everyone was in on the joke.
Then Gotham and the Jets beckoned - along with the tantalizing prospect to build his brand further and someday take over from Mark Sanchez as quarterback of one of the league's highest-profile teams. With the Jets 2-2 coming off a disheartening 34-0 loss to San Francisco, scores of disappointed New Yorkers are ready for a change, ready to find out if they got a fierce competitor, as advertised, or a publicity stunt.
And they wonder why ''Tebow Time'' shouldn't start on Monday night against the undefea...