Before the current run of Linsanity that is sweeping the globe, there was a little thing called Tebow-mania. Tebow-mania, or otherwise known as the complete adoration of said Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos, was a force that swept through the NFL, and the country, with no peer. Well, at least it didn't have a peer until a couple of weeks ago with the rise of Jeremy Lin.
The story of Tebow and his 2011 season is well known. He went into preseason camp as the starter before being demoted to fourth string. After a dismal start to the season by starter Kyle Orton, Head Coach John Fox gave into popular man and bypassed giving Brady Quinn a shot in order to put Tebow on the field. Tebow then went on to turn around the Broncos season, make the playoffs, and then upset the Pittsburgh Steelers before falling to the New England Patriots in the second round.
Overall, this was a feel good story for the ages and one made even more so by the uncompromising goodness of Tebow as a person. But, unfortunately, with the rise of one person, inevitably there is another who gets the short end of the stick. In the case of this story, its Denver's backup Brady Quinn.
Brady Quinn, formerly of the Cleveland Browns, was set to get his shot at starting for the Broncos. John Elway believed in him, John Fox believed in him, it was just that the fans wanted Tebow and they wanted him bad. They wanted Tebow in the starting lineup with such a ferocity and dedication that they even rented billboards to state their case. So, after a 1-4 start of the season, the fans got their say, and Quinn got to remain on the bench.
A little bit of resentment would be normal for anyone at this point and I'm sure Quinn felt his share of it. But if he did, nobody in the media knew it as Quinn was professional in all aspects, not alluding to any issues, well, at least during the season. Recently, however, in an article published in GQ magazine timelineing Tim Tebows rise, there are a few quotes from Quinn that show his underlining frustration at the situation.
The three that stick out are these.
“Early in the season, there was a game when Kyle [Orton] got hurt and the coaches were calling for me to go in, but Kyle got up and finished the game out. So I was the second-string guy. Then, a few weeks later, they decided to put Tim in. I felt like the fans had a lot to do with that. Just ’cause they were chanting his name. There was a big calling for him. No, I didn’t have any billboards. That would have been nice.”
“We’ve had a lot of, I guess, luck, to put it simply”
“If you look at it as a whole, there’s a lot of things that just don’t seem very humble to me. When I get that opportunity, I’ll continue to lead not necessarily by trying to get in front of the camera and praying but by praying with my teammates, you know?”
Not exactly scathing comments, I know, and ones taken out of a reportedly 50 minute interview where the QB was completely respectful of Tebow, but they are what they are and that's an honest undercurrent of negativity. An undercurrent that is completely understandable considering the situation.
So, for all you Tebow fans out there who want to rip Quinn for this, just put yourselves in his shoes and see if you could be so nice about this situation.
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