Tim Tebow has always worn his heart and his spirituality on his sleeve. Seemingly unaffected by external distractions, Tebow has always had a strong faith in both his abilities, and in God.
He's driven by an internal belief that he is able to overcome any obstacle. To leap tall buildings in a single bound. Each Saturday, for the past few years, it has appeared that he is is justified in that belief.
Yesterday, the Broncos confirmed their own belief in him, by signing the ex Gator to a 5 year 11.25 Million dollar contract (8.75 guaranteed). Denver fans are hoping that the man whom appeared to be Superman at Florida, will bring his abilities, and his faith, to the Mile High City. They are hoping he's not alone.
On January 1, 2007, Denver defensive back Darrent Williams, was shot during a drive-by shooting outside a nightclub near the city center. The investigation, and emotional stress caused from the death, would haunt both residents and players for years to come.
Brandon Marshall, who was also in attendance at the party that led to the altercation, and a witness to the murder, has seemingly never been emotionally the same since. Who would?
Since that fateful night, Marshall had filled up the police blotters in the Denver area. On 6 different occasions after the death of his teammate and friend, "The Beast" (as he is known), has been arrested for everything from drinking and driving to assault.
It doesn't require a psychologist to figure out that Brandon Marshall is still troubled. That the entire Denver sports community is still reeling from the tragedy.
In April of this year, Denver traded away it's star receiver, and maybe the last of it's 'attachments' to that night. The city is ready to move past it's hurt.
Enter Tim Tebow.
In 2010, the NCAA instituted a new rule disallowing players to wear any type of messages on their 'eye-black'. "The Tebow Rule," as it's been called,was invoked after Tebow scribed the phrase John 3:16 under his eyes for the BCS title game.
Big deal. Right?
Well, it is if your trying to understand the kind of impact that Tim Tebow can bring to a city, desperately in need of a hero.
Shortly after wearing "John 3:16" on his eye paint, 92 million people Google searched "John 3:16". Ninety-two million.
Tim Tebow has that kind of following with his fans. His ultra-likable personality, commitment to maintaining a clean image, and (now legendary) athletic ability, has endeared him to hundreds of millions sports fans. A following, and image, that Denver is hoping carries over to their locker room and fan base.
His on-field successes are well chronicled. That's not what this author intends to re-hash. Instead, the Bronco collective is breathing a sigh of relief. Their light at the end of the tunnel has signed.
It may be an unfair expectation, to assume a rookie QB with a documented set of throwing motion flaws, can turn a club around immediately. That's the kind of pressure that causes most young signal callers to crack; however, Tim Tebow is not your ordinary young QB. If anyone can handle the pressure, it's his wide, Superman-like shoulders.
Denver is banking that, in the not-too-distant-future, Tim Tebow will begin leaping Mile High buildings, the way he did on Saturdays in college. They are praying that maybe, just maybe, God will follow him.
Denver needs that hope.