Tim Tebow's "Cult of Personality:" Good or Bad for the Broncos?

Vaden ChandlerCorrespondent IFebruary 5, 2011

ENGLEWOOD, CO - APRIL 23:  Tim Tebow is introduced by the Denver Broncos at a press conference at the Broncos Headquarters in Dove Valley on April 23, 2010 in Englewood, Colorado. The Broncos picked Tebow in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Unless they have been living under a rock for the past year-and-a-half, those that live in Bronco land (i.e Colorado and surrounding areas) know about the quarterback situation with the Denver Broncos.

Exhibit A is Kyle Orton, who was the Broncos' starting QB for 29 games from 2009-10. While he has his issues, he has proved to be an experienced QB for the Denver Broncos who has, for all intensive purposes, done all that was required of him.

Exhibit B is the young upstart by the name of Tim Tebow, who has been characterized by his drive, determination, work ethic and strong will to win. Although he has a lack of experience, for most people he is the hands-down favorite to be the starting QB for the Denver Broncos.

Due to Orton's injury, Tebow's last three games were as the starting QB for the Broncos, and during that time he generally played well, at least as well as could be expected of a rookie in the NFL.

Tebow's story, however, is interesting in that he has what many would call a "cult of personality." In his short time in the NFL, he is already being idolized by a great deal of people and has established a large fan base.

Tebow's "cult of personality" can be seen in the fact that when Tebow was drafted by the Broncos, his jersey sales went through the roof before he had even played a single down of NFL football.

As the Broncos' season wore on last year, there seemed to be a continual and strengthening call for Tebow to start after many fans watched the team struggle at everything from the defense to the running game to even the quarterback play at times.

There were even fans in the stands holding up signs with Bible verses with messages like, "Tim, you know you want to," (start, that is). Indeed, there was a litany of signs of that nature.

The fact of the matter is, in many cases, having a popular player is good for a team's bottom line and can be good for a team's overall-chemistry. Tebow's jersey sales were a valuable source of revenue for Denver in an otherwise-horrible year.

As a Tebow supporter (and as someone who is studying to go into Evangelical Christian ministry), I believe that it is refreshing to see someone with what I call a "Richie-Cunningham-Happy-Days-Clean-as-a-Whistle" persona being able to get his shot in this league.

I believe that such an opportunity for this player gives the image of the NFL a much-needed shot in the arm against the character issues and the diva, prima-donna personalities that so many players in the National Football League have. 

Where a Broncos fan might get concerned, however, is with the mixed results that Tebow's "personality cult" might have on the Broncos and the Broncos-faithful. There are a lot of people on Bleacher Report with the sentiment that it would be dangerous and ultimately harmful to a team when an individual becomes "bigger that the team itself."

In the next NFL preseason, if Coach Fox decides to start Orton over Tebow because he feels that he is not ready to be a starting QB in this league, does the inevitable ensuing uproar from the Tebow supporters cause a distraction to the team?

If that is the case, then the idolization many may have for Tebow is indeed not good for the Broncos.

Any thoughts? As always, comments appreciated.