Tim Tebow: Denver Broncos' Upset Victory Earns Polarizing QB $250,000

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJanuary 9, 2012

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 08:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos receives high fives from fans after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 8, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Steelers in overtime 23-29.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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When this whole season is over, Tim Tebow can be proud of his accomplishments.

If he isn’t satisfied, though, he can pay someone to be satisfied for him, because the Denver Broncos owe the young quarterback a ton of extra money—$250,000, to be exact.

In one of the biggest upsets in recent history, the Tim Tebow-led Denver Broncos beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 29-23 on the first play of overtime.

While Broncos general manager John Elway told Tebow to air it out more, no one expected the 80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas. Especially not anyone on the Steelers.

That pass not only secured another game in the playoffs for Denver, it got Tebow paid an extra $250,000. ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter is reporting about Tebow’s contract incentives:

Tebow has an escalator of $250,000 in his contract for each playoff win and 70 percent playtime during the requisite season, according to an NFL source. Being that he played 73 percent of the plays this season, Tebow cashed in on a quarter-million salary escalator for Sunday's 29-23 overtime victory and could earn another $250,000 with another victory Saturday night at New England against the Patriots.

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 08:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos celebrates his second quarter rushing touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 8, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Steelers
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If there is anyone in the NFL that deserves a bonus, it’s Tebow. This kid took a nothing Broncos team and brought it back to respectability. While the final three games of the season were heartbreakers, the team made it into the show, and that’s all that matters.

Now that Denver is in the dance and the team needs him to stand on his head, what does he do? He puts the team on his back and wills the Broncos to an overtime win over one of the toughest teams in all of football.

That’s how you build a legacy. All he needs to do is donate this money to charity and beat the Patriots, and we can have him nominated for sainthood.


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