Peyton Manning Signs with Broncos: Loyalty in Sports Is a Thing of the Past

Joe Heidkamp@@Joe_HeidkampContributor IMarch 19, 2012

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 26:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts and quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos meet at midfield after the game at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 26, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Colts defeated the Broncos 27-13  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Peyton Manning's signing with the Denver Broncos is the No. 1 topic in sports today.  Not only does he bring plenty of skill and leadership, what team wouldn't want Manning running their offense?  As much as Peyton Manning will be a big upgrade at the quarterback position for the Broncos, where does that leave fan favorite Tim Tebow?

Tebow took the NFL by storm last year, taking the reins of a slumping Broncos team, and leading them to a playoff win against the Pittsburgh Steelers.  While his run-first style of play created a controversy in the sports world, Tebow still found a way to win games.  Tebow was also criticized for his open faith, but had everyone from fans in the crowd, to Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jack Johnson doing the "Tebow."

Now there are reports that the Broncos intend to trade their star quarterback of last year after signing Peyton Manning.

Where is the loyalty in sports today?  When it all comes down to it, every sports organization is still a business, but what is a business without some standard of loyalty to its' players?  For example, the Los Angeles Lakers trading Derek Fisher, who had spent his whole career in Los Angeles, and would have loved to retire there.  The same can be said about the Pittsburgh Steelers cutting long time wide receiver Hines Ward.  Where is the loyalty to loyal players in these situations?

Players' loyalty to organizations is also questionable, as we all seen last year in the NBA with Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony.  Everyone thought the same thing would happen this year with Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic, but Dwight showed everyone that he's a better man than that, and decided to give Orlando another chance. 

It's unbelievable how far loyalty goes these days in sports.  Organizations and players think breaking each other's loyalty will result in championships.  What good are championships if you lose loyal fans in the process?