Mike Silver has a nice oral history in the upcoming issue of GQ on everyone’s favorite god-loving quarterback, Tim Tebow. It would be just a nice summary to Tebow’s compelling 2011 season, except for the fact that x-string quarterback Brady Quinn was invited to speak his mind. And boy, does Brady have a lot to say, most of which can only be described as “catty” or “thoughts that were only meant for his spiral-bound diary.” Here are a few choice quotes:
"Early in the season, there was a game when Kyle [Orton] got hurt and the coaches were calling for me to go in, but Kyle got up and finished the game out. So I was the second-string guy. Then, a few weeks later, they decided to put Tim in. I felt like the fans had a lot to do with that. Just 'cause they were chanting his name. There was a big calling for him. No, I didn't have any billboards. That would have been nice."
Oh dear God. This is like, literally the first thing Brady says in the piece, and any chance of sympathy the reader might have had toward him is immediately doused in gasoline and set aflame. In spite of Brady’s best attempt to string together some sort of conspiracy about the REAL reason for Tebow playing (he’s in the Illuminati!), he’s forgetting that Tebow is being paid first-round money, and the Denver Broncos would be damned if they weren’t at least going to give their experiment a trial shot. Tebow is getting paid more than twice the amount Quinn is, so Quinn should realize that Tebow would get first dibs.
Also, that last sentence is going to be the cause of so much internet outcry. “It would have been nice.” What the hell does that mean, Brady? Is he upset a grassroots campaign wasn’t created on Facebook to get him the starting gig, the way Betty White got to host Saturday Night Live?
Brady already has the appearance of someone who’s snotty — immaculate hair, Notre Dame grad (not my personal opinion, but generally people have something against Notre Dame alumni) and a weird sense of entitlement that just isn’t helping. “Why didn’t I get a billboard?” “Why didn’t I play?” “Why does he get a new cell phone?” All of this just makes him sound like a child who’s upset the boy down the street gets everything.
More Quinn goodness:
"We've had a lot of, I guess, luck, to put it simply.”
The undertone of this quote is that Tebow had very little to do with the success of the team, which to an extent is true. A lot of the time it felt like Denver was winning in spite of him, but freaking Brady Quinn shouldn’t be the one to make this decree obviously. To say “luck” is the cause of success is Quinn spitting in Tebow’s face, but by “accident.”
Now we’ll end with Quinn on religion. Hooray!
"If you look at it as a whole, there's a lot of things that just don't seem very humble to me. When I get that opportunity, I'll continue to lead not necessarily by trying to get in front of the camera and praying but by praying with my teammates, you know?”
Here's another quote, not from Quinn but maybe what he was implying: “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” - Matthew 6:6
Either that, or you can turn the act of prayer into a national meme to be made a mockery out of. What Quinn is saying here is, I guess, that Tebow tried to use prayer to turn the spotlight on himself and his beliefs, rather than making it about the team. This of course is a weird point to make, because I don’t think the rest of the team is complaining about how “TEBOW NEVER PRAYS WITH US WAHHH.” In fact, they’re probably relieved when he goes and does his thing in public, because it’s a break from the usual prayer interludes that I’m sure spontaneously break out.
Quinn is going to get massacred for this quote, and that’s a fact. Go on Twitter, and I’m sure you’ll see whatever the written equivalent is of a burning effigy. The thing is, Quinn is right about most of what he says. Tebow didn’t have a whole lot to do with the Broncos success —the defense and running game were more important — the fans did perhaps egg the coaching staff to go “Screw it, why not!" and it does seem like at times Tebow shoved religion into the faces of America. But it isn’t Quinn’s place to say these things. It should have been left over for his tell-all book.