Posted Fri Sep 30th by Jon Heath
You can be a Denver Broncos fan, and you can be a Florida Gators fan, but this is no hybrid.
To be clear, I have nothing against fans of the Florida Gators and I’m sure there are legitimate Bronco fans out there that also happen to be Gator fans. But the Florida fans that have followed quarterback Tim Tebow to the Broncos and are giving us longtime Denver fans a bad reputation and tainting our image must be disowned.
I have no problem with Gator fans jumping aboard the Broncos bandwagon (we’ve here all seen the light at some point in our lives, whether born into Bronco fandom or not) but if you’re a fan of the Broncos just because Tebow is a Bronco, your not a legitimate Broncos fan.
Speaking to the BroncoGators here, if Tebow was traded today, would you still be a Broncos fan? If you cannot answer yes, then you have no business affiliating yourselves among us. There’s nothing wrong with being a fan of one certain player in the NFL (I’m a fan of different players in the NFL that don’t play for the Broncos, but I don’t liken myself to that player’s fan base and criticize the team’s coach if they don’t play said player.)
You can be a fan of Tebow and root for him to be successful without dubbing yourself a “BroncoGator” and sharing your views on talk radio shows, television interviews and websites and blogs, like this one, making a fools of yourselves and embarrassing Bronco fans across Broncos Country.
To clarify my argument once again, you can be a fan of both the Denver Broncos and Florida Gators. If you are a Gator fan however and became a Broncos fan in April of 2010 solely because Tebow is on the roster, that doesn’t make you a “BroncoGator”. It makes you a fan of Tebow.
There’s nothing wrong with being a fan of Tim Tebow, I’m a huge fan of Tebow and sincerely hope he gets a legitimate shot to prove himself at the professional football level. When he gets his chance, I’m confident that he will be able to play quarterback in this league, but that’s another topic for another time. Tebow’s time will come — but it will take time for his story to unfold.
The difference between me and “BroncoGators” is that I’ve been a fan of the Broncos well before Tebow arrived. I’ve always been a fan of the Denver Broncos and always will be. My allegiance is to the “Orange and Blue” and the “Orange and Blue” alone.
Tebow or no Tebow, I’ll always be a Broncos fan. If you can’t say the same, then stop pestering us and telling us what’s what. We know the Broncos and are knowledgeable enough fans to know Tebow as well. You don’t have to convince us about Tebow’s capabilities or reiterate what he accomplished during his collegiate football career — we get it!
One player, coach or executive doesn’t make a NFL franchise. Football is a team sport. We are fans of the team. We are fans of the players that play on the team and we are proud to bleed orange and blue. Through thick and thin — from the grueling early AFL days to the “Orange Crush” era to the glory days and through the Josh McDaniels debacle — we’ve been here, cheering for our team.
Fans stick it out through the good times and bad. Embracing our history and humble beginnings, we’re optimistic and hopeful for the future of this franchise. If you’re just along for the ride because of one player, maybe you should reconsider. The Broncos are our team.
If I’ve offended you, point proven. ~Salute~