One of the best things about Tebow-mania is the conversation it has inspired. You can sit down with virtually anyone in Colorado – or anywhere, for that matter – and bring up Tebow and off you go. Everyone has an opinion about his throwing motion and his brand of Christianity and his looks and his leadership skills and his future.
But there are outlandish, ridiculous sides to the discussion.
One of those silly sides is the idea that Broncos guru John Elway is jealous of Tebow. Or feels threatened by Tebow. Or secretly wants Tebow to fail.
Elway carried the Broncos to five Super Bowls. He’s often mocked for losses in his first three trips, but, really, those journeys were his finest hours. He lifted three limited teams to football’s Ultimate Game.
He ended his career with consecutive Super Bowl victories. His walk into the sunset after the Broncos defeated the Falcons to end the 1998 season remains the greatest farewell in sports history.
He’s one of the top dozen football players to ever walk our planet. He has no reason to be wary of Tebow, who can only aid Elway in sweetening his Broncos legacy.
Let’s get this straight. Right here. Right now. Let’s bury this forever.
Elway is not jealous of Tebow. He is not threatened by Tebow. He is not secretly wishing for Tebow to fail.
He has been properly critical and skeptical of Tebow. Yes, Tebow is revealing himself as a special player, a winner despite his flaws, an inspirational leader despite being the biggest square in the NFL.
But Tebow still requires improvement. If he’s going find long-term success, Tebow must improve his accuracy and his delivery and his performance on third downs. That’s obvious to anyone paying attention.
And that includes Elway.
I get e-mails and phone messages all the time from readers convinced Elway is jealous of Tebow.
Nothing – well, almost nothing – could be more ridiculous.