Denver Broncos’ fans have finally gotten their wish. Maybe.
In the minutes following his Broncos 29-24 defeat to the Chargers, Tim Tebow walked off the field to crowd chants of “Te-bow! Te-bow!”
But fans weren’t imploring coach John Fox to finally insert Denver’s new favourite son in the lineup – they were begging Fox to keep him there.
Down 16 at halftime, Tebow replaced Kyle Orton to start the second half – entering to a rousing ovation – and led an enthusiastic comeback.
He re-energized the crowd and his teammates.
The quarterback ran in one fourth-quarter touchdown and threw for another, bringing his team within a 2-point conversion of tying the game. Though the attempt failed, Tebow had one final opportunity, on a last-second Hail Mary.
The football gods were unkind, as a 10-second scramble and heave fell incomplete. Still, the team left Sunday hopeful about what the future may hold.
“He came and gave us a spark,” Willis McGahee told reporters. “That’s Tim Tebow. Everybody has been cheering for him for the longest. Now he finally got in and moved the ball for us.”
But will he continue to get that opportunity?
With a week six bye, Fox indicated he’d take his time choosing his quarterback two weeks from now.
Based on the impression he left on the field and on his coach, Oct. 9 may – for better or worse – be known as the dawning of the Tim Tebow era.
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