Originally written on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 1/19/12

The Denver Broncos are no longer playing football this season, which means that Tim Tebow will no longer flood our media outlets. There is probably a good chance you can now turn on ESPN and not have to hear about Tim Tebow and all the discussion regarding his ability to play football, and ultimately win games. The Patriots put a spanking on the Broncos and Tebow was finally silenced.

I am going to be honest here: I am a huge Raiders fan and absolutely hate Tim Tebow as the Broncos’ quarterback. However, I will be the first to say that I love Tebow as a player. He is an incredible athlete and seems like an even better person. His strong religious faith helps guide him through life, including the time he spends on the field. Tebow had one of the greatest college careers of any NCAA quarterback ever. But, no one expected his unpractical play style to translate well in the NFL. After sitting on the bench for a year, Tebow was given a great opportunity to become the starting quarterback for the Broncos. What happened after that is truly amazing.

Tebow led his team on a 6-game win streak, winning nearly every game in an exciting last minute finish. His ability to control the field is comparable to few, and at that point in the season his team seemed invincible. Every week critics (except Skip Bayless) would smash on him and he would respond with another exciting victory. But, this all came to an abrupt end when the Denver Broncos fell to the New England Patriots in Week 15. That was okay, but what was not okay, was the fact that Tim Tebow and the Broncos followed that loss with another two more. Their colossal demise should have been the death of their season. But of course, the luck kept flowing their way and the Raiders decided that they did not want to make the playoffs this season. So, Tim Tebow had his team in the playoffs where anything could happen.

Wild Card weekend, the Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers squared off in what was supposed to be victory for the Black and Yellow. But, as we learned all season, never count Tebow out. The Broncos rallied back and took the victory with an exciting overtime win. Football fans across the nation were shocked. Everyone was thinking, is Tebow really going to catch fire again, especially now that he was in the playoffs? All he had to do was get his team past the Patriots in the Divisional round. This was going to be his hardest task to date and we all know what happened there. The Broncos lost by five touchdowns and Tebow had a terrible game.

Now that all this is over, we can go back to the typical football we are used to. Tim Tebow may have proven that it does not take a conventional quarterback to win games, rather it can be accomplished with a relentless leader with more heart than most of his competitors. Even though Tebow did not win a Superbowl, I know a lot of fans now wonder if a Brady or Manning type quarterback is a necessity in order to win it all. Football is so unpredictable that anything could happen on any given Sunday. It will be a long time until we see Tebow on the field again, but there will be plenty of people wondering what they can expect from him next season. After an off-season to improve the team’s chemistry, the Broncos will have a lot of hype coming in. So, enjoy the rest of the NFL playoffs and enjoy your time away from this Tebow chatter (starting now).


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