Posted Tue Mar 20th by Jon Heath
When the Denver Broncos announced the signing of Peyton Manning during a press conference on Tuesday, there were many headline-grabbing quotes (more of them to come later). Among those quotes were John Elway‘s comments on Tim Tebow and the possibility of him being traded.
When asked about the situation, an emotional Elway said that the hardest part of the game is devolving personal relationships — like he has with Tebow — and then having to make business decisions. Reiterating that he has a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow — noting that Tebow is the kind of guy he would want his daughter to marry — Elway could not deny that the team may trade the third-year quarterback.
“It is a possibility,” Elway said, “and he (Tebow) knows that’s a possibility.” Elway said that he and Head Coach John Fox called Tebow last night. Not surprisingly, Tebow was understanding. “Obviously he was disappointed,” said Elway, “but he didn’t come out and say that he was.”
“It was a typical Tim Tebow response in the fact that it was very positive, and he said, ‘Well we’re talking about Peyton Manning and I understand exactly what you’re doing.’”
Elway went on to talk about how highly he thought of Tebow, and what a tough decision bringing Manning in was because of the situation it would create for the team.
“I think that having been in this game for as long as I have and seen as many friends as I’ve seen in this game that all of a sudden are there one day and gone another or retire and leave, that this is a tough business. I want to tell you that the toughest thing about this whole thing is Tim Tebow because of what I think of Tim Tebow.”
At the end of the day, Tebow was understanding and the Broncos knew they had to make the decision to bring a quarterback that gives them the best chance to win the Super Bowl, said Elway, and that quarterback is obviously Manning. Elway said he was proud of what Tebow accomplished last season and again noted that the decision was not about Tim Tebow the person.
“The things that he did last year were tremendous and helped turn this organization around from a 4-12 team to a playoff team and winning the division. I’ve got a great deal of respect for him as a person and the things that he does, but there is no question the toughest thing about this business, is the personal side.”
“We just had to make a decision as an organization — myself, coach Fox, the personnel department, the coaches [as to] what would be the best opportunity for the Denver Broncos to be competitive for a world championship, and Peyton Manning was that. That’s why we chose to go in that direction.”
Manning, when asked about the situation, said he would do whatever he could to help Tebow become a better player if he is still on the team this season.
“If Tim Tebow is here next year, I’m going to be the best teammate I can be to him, and he and I are going to help this team win games. If other opportunities present themselves for him, I’m going to wish him the best. He’s going to be a great player wherever he is.”