Tim Tebow Is What Denver Needs, but When Will He Get Their Support?

Chance KafkaContributor IDecember 11, 2011

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 11:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos scrambles against the Chicago Bears at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 11, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Bears 13-10 in overtime.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Tonight, Tim Tebow struggled offensively through three quarters, going 3-16 on pass completions and leaving the Broncos scoreless at home against the Chicago Bears.

With two minutes left and down by 10 in the fourth quarter, No. 15 rolled up a huge offensive drive to put finally the Broncos in the end zone.  After getting the ball back on a Marion Barber mistake, who ran out of bounds to stop the clock, Tebow fired up field again to set up Matt Prater for an incredible 59 yard field goal to tie the game.

In overtime, the Broncos capitalized on a Barber fumble and once again Tebow made a series of completions, and sat like a veteran quarterback instead of a rookie in the pocket.

Denver would win the game 13-10 after another Prater field goal from 51 yards out.

Tebow has the national spotlight as the ultimate comeback kid after his performance against Miami.  He is also in the spotlight for his strong religious beliefs. 

Tonight's win has prompted mockery from a multitude of newscasters and analysts, who mockingly assume Denver's comeback was driven by "divine intervention."  It is no joke he wears his religion on his sleeve, and while I personally do not hold the same views he does, the criticism of him needs to stop.

A quick look on social-networking giant Facebook will reveal thousands of comments relating to Tebow. Posts suck as "Tebow sucks" to personal insults are rampant. Facebook is certainly not the only means of identifying the Tebow hate, but it is revealing. 

It appears Denver fans are stuck in the Elway period. They are absolutely ruthless in criticizing whoever is behind center as No. 7 has some huge shoes to fill, but why can't they get off their high horse (no pun intended) and accept No. 15 who was loved in Florida?

Denver has been an embarrassment to the Rocky Mountain region for the past few seasons. Now that Tebow has been put in to stay, they are 7-1 since Orton got the sideline.  Not only can he find ways to lead his team to victory no matter how unlikely it may appear, he is the kind of character almost unseen in today's money-driven NFL

He is humble, he never has a bad word about anyone and he is truly thankful for how far he has made it.  With a controversy-clouded league, Tebow is one of the few who has a deserving and honest heart.

Additionally, John Elway had a terrible start to his 16-year career, yet he is regarded as a hero nowadays by Denver fans.  Hopefully, they will catch on to Tebow and realize he has what the Bronco franchise has needed for a long time—instead of turning against him.