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Published on 03/25/2012 at Sun Mar 25 08:30.
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This is an opinion article and does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the rest of the BT staff.

New Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning holds a Broncos jersey next to Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway during an NFL football news conference at the Broncos headquarters in Englewood, Colo., on Tuesday, March 20, 2012. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Of course, I must first start with a disclaimer:  I have been following quarterback Tim Tebow since his sophomore season at the University of Florida and have been a big fan of him since his collegiate football days.  I will continue to follow him throughout his career and acknowledge that he is an incredible athlete, fantastic football player and a great person with commendable character.

With that said, I have become increasingly disappointed and extremely frustrated with the magnitude of Broncos fans who have also followed Tebow — some of whom followed him all the way to New York.  There’s nothing wrong with being a fan of Tebow and hoping he has success with his new team, but some facts need to be set straight.

“I have been a Broncos fan for [a certain amount of] years but I despise the way John Elway treated Tim Tebow and will have trouble rooting for Denver this season,” has been said countless times on this site and many others since the team traded Tebow.  We’ll talk about that, first. 

Elway — though he did have a hand in the process — was not the one that “ran Tebow out of town.”  If you’re still bitter about it and want to have somebody to blame, spit your venom toward Owner Pat Bowlen, not Elway.  It was Bowlen who initiated moving on from Tebow.

Many fans mention all of Tebow’s heroics from 2011 and the fact that he won a playoff game in Denver last season.  Those same fans fail to mention all of the horrendous performances — including one a week after Tebow’s playoff victory — in a Denver Broncos‘ uniform.

Bowlen, who is looking for perfection in a quarterback, has one goal in mind and that is to win a Super Bowl.  Nothing comes before that — not money, jersey sales or fans’ opinions — and nothing will stop Bowlen from doing what he believes gives Denver the best chance to win a Super Bowl.  A 45-10 embarrassing playoff loss to the New England Patriots was the final straw for Bowlen, who had seen Tebow struggle mightily four times earlier in the season.

After the game, in which Tebow went 9-of-26 for 136 yards and was sacked five times (fumbling once), a Denver Post columnists quoted Bowlen as saying he wanted to win Championships, not Division Titles.  Fair or not, Bowlen was ready to move on from Tebow.

Twelve weeks before Denver’s loss in Foxborough, Tebow had suffered a similar 45-10 loss at the hands of the Lions of Detroit.  Going 18-of-39 for 172 yards, Tebow’s one touchdown pass was matched by an interception returned for a touchdown and doubled by a fumble that was also returned for a score.

Since becoming the starter a week before the loss to the Lions, Tebow had now been sacked thirteen times and fumbled four times in a mere two games.  Bouncing back, Tebow would go on to have a hot streak — which has been well documented – that ultimately earned Denver a playoff birth.

New England Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, left, shakes hands with Denver Broncos owner and CEO Pat Bowlen before an NFL divisional playoff football game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

In reality however, Denver backed into the playoffs with an 8-8 record after losing all of their final three contests of the 2011 season.  In those three games, Tebow threw one touchdown and four interceptions, rushed for three touchdowns and was sacked ten times.

A week later, Tebow defeated a Pittsburgh Steelers team in a game that will be forever remembered in Broncos’ history.  It was all for naught however as Denver would prove the following week that they were not prepared to face the true powers of the AFC en route to the Super Bowl.

Since then, Bowlen has instructed his front office to bring a quarterback that is capable of matching up with, and defeating, the big boys of the AFC.  Elway and Co. brought in Manning for that purpose, and in the process traded away a quarterback in whom the team’s owner was no longer confident his leadership could win a Super Bowl.

The fans response has been to ridicule and harass Broncos’ Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway on social media sites and talk radio shows.  The reason being, Elway supported Bowlen’s opinions of Tebow and has been the face of the franchise since he returned to the team as a front office executive last off-season.

So stop saying “Elway ran Tebow out of town.”  If you really want to, say “Bowlen instructed Elway to run Tebow out of town and he followed instructions.”  More accurately, Bowlen instructed EFX — Elway, Head Coach John Fox and General Manager Brian Xanders –  to bring in a Super Bowl-caliber quarterback.

Secondly, I want to discuss the belief that “Denver stabbed Tebow in the back.”  This is the NFL; players are traded every day.  And by-the-way, the Indianapolis Colts did the exact same thing to Peyt0n Manning.

That’s right, the same man that some fans are hoping injures himself this season to “serve the Broncos right!”  That is so uncalled for and disgusting but a subject for another time.  In the words of Tebowmaniacs, “he was disrespected by the team that he had shed blood sweat and tears for on the football field and was stabbed in the back after doing everything in his power to help his team win.”

That’s right, the Colts cut Peyton Manning, who won four League MVP Awards while with the team, because it was the best move for their franchise.  How could they release a player that earned the fourth-most wins in the NFL history?  That’s uncalled for, and it’s not fair!

Do you hear the Tebow fans saying that?  Nope.

Stop with the “Denver stabbed Tebow in the back” nonsense.  They made a football decision, a very hard one , because they think it was the best move for the franchise.  They took a risk — gasp! — because that’s what it takes to get anywhere in this life, and in the NFL.

Just move on.  Tebow is gone!  Get over it.  If this comes back to bite the Broncos in the butt, we’ll talk about it then.  Let’s not worry that could happen and let’s certainly not “hope” that it does like many “Bronco fans” say they do.

If the Denver Broncos go on hot streak and make a Super Bowl run with Peyton Manning at the helm, every Bronco fan will be excited about it.  If you wouldn’t be excited to see Peyton Manning leading the Denver Broncos to victory, dare I ask, are you really even a fan?

To be clear, I’m not trying to deny or belittle the great things Tebow did while with the Denver Broncos.  I am however trying to suggest that we move on from the subject and wait and see how this season turns out before casting judgment on Denver’s front office, particularly John Elway, who has taken a lot of heat over the situation.

  • Anonymous

    Good bye and good riddance!

    Good grief.

  • Neljones99

    If Manning gets hurt, the Brocos don’t have to pay him for any remaing years on his contract, which is something Peyton wanted to make sure was in his contract. The only scorned fans in all this are TEBOW fans. Broncos fans love that we have a chance to win again and don’t have to suffer watching any more of a college style offense pretend it belongs in the same league as Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and the Manning brothers. Elway becoming VP was the best thing that could have happened to the Broncos since he retired because he had the brass to end this joke that is Tim Tebow being a starting QB and put the Broncos back in a position to win Super Bowls. Tebow is not a QB, his talents are geared towards a running back. He will not have a great career, if he is even in the league in 5 years it would be a a suprise. I think when it is all said and done he will prove nothing other than he was never a good enough passer to excel in the NFL. I can’t wait to hear what all of you Tebow fanatics are saying then. I’m sure you’ll think of something senseless and irrational as you usually do. It will be the whole NFL that never gave him a chance. It will have nothing to do with his lack of ability and skill as an NFL QB.

  • Former Elway fan

     It was a no brainer to sign Manning….

  • Gladtobetebowless

    Lol I believe everyone is forgetting about the great defense Denver has and Matt prater which allowed Tebow to get these narrow wins
    Oh well I feel bad for Sanchez the poison that is Tebow mania is headed that way. Person to blame is Mcdaniels for picking such a poor player in the first round wow he really left this team in a hole.
    100% glad my team doesn’t deal with Tebow fans

  • 435682

    come on. raelly?

  • Former Elway fan

     The
    Broncos were working with Tebow’s agent. Do you really think Tebow was
    in a position, like Manning, to dictate where he was going to go? Tebow
    answered it most accurately. The Broncos had him under contract and were
    legally and ultimately the decider on what team he would play for. Do I
    think Elway personally talked to Tebow and said ” which team do you
    want to go to Timmy”. Not. Elway’s track record throughout this process
    was to keep Tebow out of the loop until Manning’s contract was signed.
    Just as he or Fox didn’t sit down with Tebow and tell him that Orton was
    going into camp as the starter last year. Elway may have asked his
    agent which team Tebow wanted to go to, but I’m doubting it. That’s just
    not done in the NFL. In January, Elway stated Tebow would be the
    starter at the beginning of camp. Does anyone really believe Elway had
    faith in Tebow even though he made statements indicating he did?

  • Speer

    Elway let Tebow go because Tebow wouldn’t get any arm time behind Manning, we picked up 6th and 4th round draft picks (i think), and we saved money, along with headaches from certain Tebow fans.  The list goes on.  It’s a good deal.  Best of luck with Tebow, and I’m sure he’ll blow Sanchez out of the water, but I want the Denver Broncos to become a Dynasty.  Think of our ’98 football team….  Holy Sh** man, we know what high caliber players are.

  • Former Elway fan

    Regarding the contract with Manning…

    Manning gets an $18 million fully guaranteed base salary for 2012.  Though he doesn’t get a signing bonus, he’ll receive $6 million of the $18 million base salary as an advance.Then, if Manning is on the Broncos’ roster on the final day of the 2012 league year, his base salaries of $20 million in 2013 and $20 million in 2014 become fully guaranteed.

    In other words, the Broncos can cut Manning at any point after Super Bowl XLVII and before the last day before the start of the 2013 league year and limit the contract to a one-year, $18 million investment.  So, the Broncos will face a $40 million decision in March of 2013.

    All in all not bad for everyone.  But, Peyton could basically get 18 million to hold a clipboard for sitting out the 2012 season with a sore neck.

  • Former Elway fan

    The trading of Tebow sets the
    Broncos back. Manning is living off of his reputation right now because few realize that it’s not the same Manning that
    they saw with the Colts. It’s and old injured version of that Manning.
    This is like getting the post-Packers Favre. He may have 1 or 2 more
    good seasons in him (if we’re lucky) before he completely falls apart. I
    am (was?) a huge broncos fan, but have never been so ashamed to say it. The
    Broncos just took the best QB we have had since Elway and said “thanks
    for the best season we have had in almost 10 years, but screw you!”
    The only bad thing anyone has to say about Tebow is that he must not be
    able to throw the ball because his completion numbers were terrible. But
    you go back and look at game tapes and count how many times he hit his
    receivers right in the hands and they just flat out dropped the ball.
    But that goes on Tebow’s stats as an incompletion. Maybe if the Broncos
    still had any WRs worth anything his throwing stats would have been as
    good as anyone else’s. I mean look at Manning. Where would he be if he
    didn’t have guys like Marvin Harrison and Austin Collie to throw to his
    whole career?  Unless Denver gets some WRs who know how to catch, manning
    won’t do any better. I doubt he will anyway. He’s been playing for 14
    years, no way will he last another five. I say he retires after 2 years
    and that’s IF he can stay healthy. After that, the Broncos will have
    another 10+ years with the same problems they have had since Elway
    retired: No QB, no leader, no playoffs. Whereas if they could put a few
    decent WRs out there for Tebow to throw to, they would be spending the
    next 10 years in the playoffs and a lot of Super Bowls. Even if
    Tebow does struggle a little with throwing, don’t underestimate his
    determination to win. Most players play for the money; Tebow plays to
    win. They just got rid of the comeback kid for the King of post season
    chokes. So get ready broncos fans. Our post season drout is just
    beginning. Broncos just traded the QB of the future for the QB of the
    past. If you think I’m wrong, well, I only hope your right.

  • 435682

    You are now my most favorite brown-noseer(sic) And that’s sayin somethun(sic) !

  • Anonymous

    #Truth … 

  • Former Elway fan

     Dude…. all you have had to add this entire day is a few cutting remarks.  Nothing of substance what-so-ever.

  • King

     For every “Teboner” as you call them, there is a hater like you jd. 

    Someday I hope your momma teaches you some class. 

  • Anonymous

    Hoo boy. a LOT of idiocy around here today

  • Anonymous

    You sure do post a lot for a guy who isn’t a broncos fan anymore . im sure there’s a jets board out there you can pollute somewhere .

  • Anonymous

    Uh no. your opinion carries exactly zero weight.

  • Bill Jones

    I didn’t agree with the deal, because I want the Broncos moving toward the long-term future with a good young QB, be it Tebow or someone else. Also, Manning doesn’t guarantee a Super Bowl – he’s been on some outstanding teams in his career, but he’s been to only 2 and won only 1. Elway led 3 mediocre teams to the Super Bowl before Terrell Davis & Shannon Sharpe arrived.

    That said, I agree with the article, which makes some great points. Time to move on,  wish Tebow well, and become Manning fans. This is now the longest Super Bowl drought (13 years) since I became a Broncos fan in 1977. Time to move forward. Though I have my doubts, I hope Manning’s the answer.

  • Former Elway fan

     But you are so much fun…

  • Anonymous

    Well said. There is a chance Tebow will become a Super Bowl winning starting QB, but he didn’t show the consistency it takes to achieve that level of greatness. The last game of the regular season, in which we lost 7-3 to the Chiefs, was when I realized we needed to move in a new direction. That was a game we needed to win to GUARANTEE a playoff birth, and the Broncos scored 3 points. Tebow’s stat line was one of the worst I have ever seen. Just because he is a “winner”, and he definitely is in many ways, doesn’t mean he has what it takes to be an NFL QB. I’m tired of excuses. Andy Dalton and Cam Newton both had phenomenal seasons as rookies, so the lockout excuse doesn’t hold water. Also, plenty of NFL QBs have succeeded without having great receivers. With that said, I don’t think Decker or Thomas are all that bad.

    I’m going to miss Tebow, and Manning might not lead us to a Super Bowl victory, but I think there is a lesser chance that Tebow does.

    With all of that said, I think we should obviously roll with Manning for as long as he stays healthy, and draft a QB that shows some real potential to be a viable, consistent NFL QB.

  • Johnlevicchi

    I have to agree with Mallens point about Elway…Elway’s ego couldn’t let Tebow stay in Denver…period. It’s not about him wanting to win it’s about losing the keys to the city to a new Golden Boy no matter how he got the job done. It took Elway about three years to gain acceptance in Denver, when he finally got them to a Super Bowl. Tebow on the other hand won the fans, city, nation and the world over, overnight! FAct: Elway never recognized the wins that Tebow put up for HIS team ever. This is well documented by the numerous sportscasters on TV and online that constantly made the comment: It seems that Elway isn’t embracing what Tebow is doing for the team. Fact: Tebow had to comew from behind in many games to win. Is that a bad thing: No. JOHN ELWAY HAS THE HONOR OF HAVING THE MOST COME FROM BEHIND 4TH QUARTER WINS THAN ANY OTHER QB IN THE NFL…PERIOD! Fact: Tebow was the first Sophomore ever to win the Heisman trophy and he was the #3 candidate the following year. Now, you have a Hesiman winner, a QB that took your team form being next to dead last in the entire NFL in 2011 to the PLAYOFFS in 2011, won more games and posted better stats then you did your first season as starter, yet the VP of football operations, John Elway never recognized Tebow and his accomplishments? Why? He needs to remain the golden boy/old man in Denver. And I WAS a huge Elway fan. My office is a shrine to the man complete with autographed jersey, helmet and football. AND Elway had all photos of Tebow removed from the offices in Denver. I rest my case.

  • Anonymous

    Holy shit, you are so fu*king stupid.

  • Anonymous
  • 436582

    They just don’t SEE like they should? Do they?

  • Anonymous

    I know I’m late to this party, and like Jon, I’ll follow Tebow from afar, while maintaining my loyalty to the Broncos.

    With that being said though, you are 100% dead wrong my man. See, Elway himself said that him and Fox discussed the gamble of pursuing Manning BEFORE they decided to ask Bowlen “permission” so to speak. After convincing Mr. Bowlen that this was the only way to win, he finally gave his blessing. So really, it is accurate to say Elway ran him out of town.

    However, like most people, I think we all need to move on and stop with the bashing. The band-aid has been torn off, and hopefully the sting has long since passed. Here is no longer any point in dwelling over the loss of Tebow anymore. The “Broncos” fans that came with him can and should leave with him. Only real Broncos fans should ever stick around, and only real Broncos fans will accept, and in some cases, forgive Elway for running Tebow out of town. This team is bigger than any 1 star, and only winning big will keep any team relevant and fun to watch. For as much as I loved having Tebow as our QB, and as much as I still think he can become great, I did find myself quite bored during games last year (till the 4th quarter anyways). When you’re bored for most of the game, you kinda enjoy the games a little less. I look forward to exciting football for 60 minutes. Former “fans” of our team can go ahead and enjoy their 5 minutes of excitement coupled with 55 minutes of boredom.

    GO BRONCOS!!!

  • MightyMike

    Not to ruffle the tender feathers (or butt cheek fuzz) of the Tebow haters, but……..

    If winning is “everything” in the wonderful business of NFL football (as it is in Pop Warner football), and if winning is all that matters (as you most certainly have indicated in your support of trading Tebow to the Jets), then please tell me why you would want to trade a winner (as you certainly agree he is) like Tebow to another team? By definition, isn’t a winner someone who brings winning to his team?  Just as I thought, your faltering mental processes have been exposed as nothing but turd smoke and illusion.  Just for fun, let’s see how Mr. Tebow’s team did during the 2011-2012 season compared to the teams of some of the “great” young QB’s that no doubt you would fully endorse as being legitimate QB’s with great futures ahead of them. 

    Cam Newton should be near the top of your list. Oops! Sorry. His team only went 6-10. No playoffs games for Cam & company.  

    How about the mighty Sam Bradford?  Surely his squad must have thrived under his leadership, right?  What the?……..My bad, only 2-14 for the season.  Ranked 31st in the league. Jeez. So sorry.

    Well, surely a team’s win/loss record shouldn’t count, right?  I mean if the “great” young QB’s have a pretty “NFL” throwing motion, then that’s all that matters, right?  Right?  Right?  Right?

    Apparently so for a lot of you Tebow haters.

    Newsflash! – if winning is all that maters, than you logically would want Tebow on your team.

    Leadership is not measured in arm strength or pretty spiraling balls.  Your lack of insight and logic is appalling.  As you well know, Tebow’s Broncos were 9-9 for the season, division champs, and a win for the ages over Pittsburg. A winner at the QB position.

    Do something usefull Tebow haters. Go shave your butt fuzz.

  • Anonymous

    Actually, it’s $18 this year, then if he passes the physical whenever it’s said to happen, he’ll get the 2012 salary ($20) guaranteed. Then, the next year, after yet another physical, then the rest of the guaranteed money ($20) kicks in. So really, after this year, and if manning passes the physical before next season guarantees are due, it will only be a $20 million decision, not $40 million. At least that’s how I’ve come to understand it.

  • http://Facebook.com/BroncosZone Jon

    You may be right, Big_Pete.  Part of what I was trying to say in the article was that Bowlen wasn’t overly impressed by Tebow (see quotes below) and instructed EFX to bring in a franchise quarterback to get them back to the Super Bowl. So in a way, Bowlen instructed them to bring in Manning and move on from Tebow, but not directly (IMO). 

    So that’s why I think people should be talking more about Bowlen and less about Elway.

    But as for specifically bringing in Manning, you are correct.  Bowlen said “they made the decision for me.” Adding that he approved of it.

    But I still think Bowlen was the one who initiated moving on from Tebow, based on quotes like these:

    “I was tired of not playing in the Super Bowl.”

    “I might get scoffed at (for this decision), but at this point in my career that’s all that matters.”

    “This is all about winning a Super Bowl,” Bowlen said. “Going 8-8 is not my idea of a great season.”

    “This is obviously a huge step in the right direction.”

    I wanted him (Manning) to understand that he was my guy. And not to ever worry about that.”

    Quotes courtesy of the Denver Post.

    I think it’s time to move on, as well.  I loved what Tebow did last season but I understand what the Broncos are trying to do. I rest my case.

  • http://Facebook.com/BroncosZone Jon

    You may be right, Big_Pete.  Part of what I was trying to say in the article was that Bowlen wasn’t overly impressed by Tebow (see quotes below) and instructed EFX to bring in a franchise quarterback to get them back to the Super Bowl. So in a way, Bowlen instructed them to bring in Manning and move on from Tebow, but not directly (IMO). 

    So that’s why I think people should be talking more about Bowlen and less about Elway.

    But as for specifically bringing in Manning, you are correct.  Bowlen said “they made the decision for me.” Adding that he approved of it.

    But I still think Bowlen was the one who initiated moving on from Tebow, based on quotes like these:

    “I was tired of not playing in the Super Bowl.”

    “I might get scoffed at (for this decision), but at this point in my career that’s all that matters.”

    “This is all about winning a Super Bowl,” Bowlen said. “Going 8-8 is not my idea of a great season.”

    “This is obviously a huge step in the right direction.”

    I wanted him (Manning) to understand that he was my guy. And not to ever worry about that.”

    Quotes courtesy of the Denver Post.

    I think it’s time to move on, as well.  I loved what Tebow did last season but I understand what the Broncos are trying to do. I rest my case.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, funny what looking embarrassingly bad in 4 of the final 5 games will do to change an owner’s mind who proclaimed that we were keeping him. Lol

    I hope people remember that next year’s schedule is insane! I’m seeing a dangerous amount of “Manning is x amount of wins better than Tebow, so I think the Broncos will finish 12-4 (or whatever). I also see an alarming amount of “if Manning doesn’t take us past the 2nd round next year, there will be he’ll to pay” posts too.

    Again, next year’s schedule is brutal, and that’s putting it lightly. While Manning is probably 4+ wins better than Tebow, that might only stick us at 8-8 and no playoffs. This of course would suggest that Tebow would only lead us to a 4-12 record. I’m hoping that everyone keeps this in mind next season. I’m hoping we go 12-4, but I’m certainly not expecting it, and I certainly wouldn’t consider Manning a failure if we didn’t go any further than last year when we played a 4th place schedule.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, funny what looking embarrassingly bad in 4 of the final 5 games will do to change an owner’s mind who proclaimed that we were keeping him. Lol

    I hope people remember that next year’s schedule is insane! I’m seeing a dangerous amount of “Manning is x amount of wins better than Tebow, so I think the Broncos will finish 12-4 (or whatever). I also see an alarming amount of “if Manning doesn’t take us past the 2nd round next year, there will be he’ll to pay” posts too.

    Again, next year’s schedule is brutal, and that’s putting it lightly. While Manning is probably 4+ wins better than Tebow, that might only stick us at 8-8 and no playoffs. This of course would suggest that Tebow would only lead us to a 4-12 record. I’m hoping that everyone keeps this in mind next season. I’m hoping we go 12-4, but I’m certainly not expecting it, and I certainly wouldn’t consider Manning a failure if we didn’t go any further than last year when we played a 4th place schedule.

  • http://Facebook.com/BroncosZone Jon

    Peyton Manning has a 141-67 career record.  Peyton Manning has the fourth-most wins in NFL history.

    Over his past two seasons, Manning has thrown for 5,156 yards, 66 touchdowns and was sacked 26 times and lost one fumble.

    Over the past two seasons, Tim Tebow has an 8-5 record.  He has thrown for 2,383 yards, 17 touchdowns and was sacked 39 times and lost six fumbles.

    Granted, Manning played in more games than Tebow, but even if you double Tebow’s positive stats, they still can’t compare to Manning’s positive stats.

    And Manning’s negative stats — where are barely existent because he is one of the greatest of all time — are far less than Tebow’s negative stats.

    And all this is coming from a guy that has followed Tim Tebow his whole career and would love nothing more than to see him succeed.  However, my love for Tebow hasn’t blinded me from the truth: Peyton Manning gives the Denver Broncos a better chance to win a Super Bowl than Tim Tebow does (did).

  • 5280

    you know what enrages me the most about the people you speak of jon? When they say that they’ve ” been broncos fans for x amount of years but i just cant take it and im going to stop rooting for the broncos.” no, what they should do is stop watching football all together, and for that matter all sports as a whole.  these people obviously do not get what the word “fan” means.

    I grew up in north denver and most of my family is from the points. its too long to explain all my trouble growing up in those 2 neighborhoods but if your from there your self you probably know what i went through.  we didtn have shit growing up, ton of family problems, friends and fam in and out of jail etc etc. in denver when i was a kid the nuggets were a joke, we had no baseball team and then came the rockies who were also a joke, but the broncos… they were there since the 60′s. generations of family rooted for them.  A real broncos fan knows what im talking about when i say that every woman within reaching distance of a man needs to leave the house immediately if the broncos lose.  my grandpas, uncles, and cousins have bad weeks when the broncos lose and are snippy with anyone who crosses their path.  my dad would work all week to make that weak ass check at the end of the week and sit down to watch the game on sundays and if they lost, he’d make one big explosion and then wouldnt talk to anyone until the next sunday. 

    the point is, growing up here, during a week my life has been filled with nothng but stress and worry over family, money, and love since i was a kid. And nationally, how much recognition is really givin to this small city that used to be called “the queen city of the west?”  not much thats for sure. the only time any one recognizes us is when our team wins or makes a splash.  those of us who had nothing growing up here have been looking forward to that every year since our parents first switched a game on in our presence or even took us to one which was usually in the nose bleeds anyway. For us, those players truly do represent us, mostly because what else do we have to represent us in this nation.  growing up here isnt like LA or New York or Miami.  those of us that grew up here can spot one of us a mile away.  peope like john elway and rod smith made us feel we cando what they do because they do it form here. so when they lose, its seems like we’ve lost. I was SO excited about lendale white and it was amazing to me that a kid no older then myself from just down the road from me was actually playing in the NFL. and not only that, but he actually got to play for our home team. it must have been a dream come true, even though he wasnt here long.

    So when these douches say stupid things like “im not a broncos fan anymore,” its a slap in the face. i dont care if they go 0-16 for the next 10 years, im a broncos fan for the rest of my life proudly. tim tebow, john elway, peyton manning, or who ever it is is still a denver bronco.  to even flirt with words like that is the epidimy of stupidity to me becaues it means you know absolutely nothing of what it is to be an absolute %100 real fan of a team you love a grew up loving for better or worse, and if you arent that “kind” of fan, then please do not insult us die hards with your rude uncompassionate comments about how our most beloved successful Executive Vice President of Football Operations/Quarterback is doing his job.  

  • Bill Jones

    Great point about being bored waiting for the 4th quarter last season. Granted, Elway had a lot of 4th quarter comebacks, but it wasn’t for lack of a passing game the first 3 quarters. A team shouldn’t spend the first 3 quarters just playing to “hang around” hoping for 4th quarter magic. Great point, Big Pete!

  • 435682

    Spoken like a true 12 year old, dude.

  • Anonymous

    Bravo!

  • Anonymous

    Bravo!

  • Anonymous

    Amen brother!

  • Anonymous

    What’s that, stupid?

  • Former Elway fan

     And….you don’t care if Elway is a liar, pompous, arrogant, not genuine and walks all over anyone and everyone to do his “job” as long as he WINS.  That’s what is wrong with a 100% real fan.  I was a 100% real fan for 30 years but I woke up.  Vick was a big wake up call as was Tiger Woods.  Now Elway. Yes, my biggest football hero of all time. It took a lot for Elway to undo it, but undo it he did! And, I am not just speaking for myself.  The backlash will come for years and fans who don’t question their sports hero, following along like little “sheeples” will reap the rewards as will the hero that fell from grace.  It may not seem like it now, but we are waiting. Amen!

  • 435682

    I see, so we should all be happy and excited to go 8-8 next year and probably beyond and not blame Peyton or Elway or Bowlen or Xanders or Fox or the “real” bronco fans.
    Got it, thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Nah, you and the other idiot don’t THINK like you should.  

  • Former Elway fan

     WELL SAID MIGHTY MIKE!

  • Anonymous

    Uh oh…the self appointed arbiter of “class”  is here.  Everyone act classy!!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve always preferred Tebowtard, myself. 

  • Former Elway fan

     Well said Johnlevicchi!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been a fan of the Broncos for about 35 years.  Really I was born into it being a native of Colorado and having lived there with my grandfather and father being big football fans.  I’m a Tim Tebow fan because of his faith, but I’m a Denver Broncos fan for life.  Whatever they do, I am a fan.  I will root for Tim Tebow as long as he isn’t playing against my Broncos.

  • http://Facebook.com/BroncosZone Jon

    And that’s respectable. 

  • Anonymous

    Don’t confuse us being ok to be mediocre with “we have the 2nd hardest schedule next year. If Tebow was here, we’d have the #1 pick in the 2013 draft locked up by week 8, so going 8-8 is PROGRESS while the entire team gets comfortable with the new offensive system that is about to be used.” Give Manning 1 mulligan year, and then expect the results. I think we should have given Tebow 1 full year, but that didn’t happen. Now, I think we need to give Manning 1 full year to see what happens before we start putting “this is the year for a superbowl” pressure on the entire team.

    8-8 is fine for this year, although I’d rather see 19-0 and Manning lifting that trophy. All I’m saying is that we need to be SMART and not KNEE JERK REACTIONISTS. Logic says we go anywhere from 2-14 to 4-12 next year if Tebow is the starter, in which case, even the diehard Tebow-only-fans would understand straight up cutting him. So if Manning is really that much better than Tebow, then we should realistically go 8-8 or better. I’m ok with that for year 1. Year 2-5 I’ll expect results. 

    This is his honeymoon year. Next year, I’m gonna be the husband who is tired of fucking the same chick day after day unless she’s doing some great shit and looking like a playboy bunny. This is the Manning honeymoon year. Next year, he best be looking like a supermodel or nobody here will be happy!

  • Former Elway fan

     Oh my gosh… when I think of all the times we “hung” around bored, begging for hope when Elway was in the fourth quarter it makes a Bronco fan wince.  But he did it and Tebow will too!

  • http://twitter.com/amcfarla Aaron McFarland

    excellent article, my thoughts exactly.