Damn you, John Elway.
You blew it. Choked. Fumbled in the Red Zone.
You abandoned Tim Tebow, a rising football star, a cash-cow machine, and potential franchise player, for the hope of a quick Super Bowl trophy.
What’s wrong with you?
Thanks to Elway, Peyton Manning will be the new starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos. Tim Tebow is out the door, on his way to back up Mark Sanchez for the New York Jets.
You might recall Tim Tebow? He’s that football player who caused mass hysteria in the NFL and the masses last season. Off the bench he rallied the Broncos to the playoffs. He then engineered one of the greatest NFL playoff upsets in history, downing the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime, with one amazing 80-yard touchdown pass.
He’s the guy who had every person in America “Tebowing,” — sitting in an exaggerated prayer pose — during December. The guy who won two national championships in college and took home the Heisman Trophy.
You sold out Tebow for Manning, a player at the end of his career, who missed the entire 2011 season because of a serious neck injury.
Elway gave up on Tebow essentially after Tom Brady and the New England Patriots hammered the Broncos 45-10 in the playoffs last season. What a mistake.
Elway, the executive vice president of football operations, as a player was known for leading the Broncos to two Super Bowl championships. He was an incredible passer who had his best seasons later in his career. Maybe that’s why he believes in Manning still has something left.
Manning is one of the best quarterbacks in history, but his time is limited. He may never play another playoff game again. His ability to still play at the highest level is unknown.
By contrast, Tebow’s potential is unknown. He revived the Broncos last season. Even though his passing was inconsistent, Tebow was getting better in every game.
He is a better all-around player. He can run. He’s tough. He’s fast. He’s the future.
His loss to the Patriots was not shameful. The Patriots went to the Super Bowl and are one of the greatest teams in NFL history.
Elway, you were known for great comebacks and football drives as a player.
As an executive manager, you will be known as the suit who choked under pressure. You sold out your future, for the promise of short-term gain.
Check out this video of Elway celebrating after Tebow threw the game-winning touchdown against the Steelers:
You just gave all that away.
You fumbled the ball in the Red Zone. Don’t be surprised if Tebow and the Jets pick it up and run it all the way back in the opposite direction for a touchdown.