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Pseudofool
04-22-2010, 11:13 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft10/columns/story?columnist=pasquarelli_len&id=5127828

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The three-foot-high ice sculpture in the foyer, cleverly molded in the shape of the familiar NFL shield, had all but melted into the shrimp and crab claws by the time the Denver Broncos ended Tim Tebow's vigil Thursday night.

But when you've waited the better part of two decades to be part of the NFL, a couple of hours more doesn't seem like very much, right?

Especially when you're largely surrounded by the two-dozen or so friends and family members who have invested almost as much in the dream, a destiny that Tebow had set for himself since he was 6 years old. Or when the menu supplied by the caterer included two favorite delicacies, chicken fingers and macaroni and cheese, but not his mother Pam's homemade tacos. Or when the atmosphere at the home from which Tebow observed the 75th NFL draft -- a sprawling manse in a community where the lawns were nearly as lush as the putting greens that lay just a pitching wedge away -- was more like a party than a nail-biting waiting game.

"It's all been worth it," said Tebow, dressed in jeans and a light blue shirt and wearing several elastic, message-bearing bracelets on both wrists, after the Broncos selected him with the 25th overall choice. "The good stuff is usually worth the wait. You've just got to be patient."

Throughout the evening, Tebow demonstrated great patience, indeed, answering the same questions repeatedly, hustling off to spend time with some buddies, and then emerging to answer the same questions again.

About 45 minutes before the pick that anointed him a pro, Tebow stood in the den of the home, watching the draft on a flat-screen television. Agent Jimmy Sexton -- who had huddled with the Tebow family in an upstairs room earlier in the evening and told the them that the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner figured to go off the board sometime around the 22nd choice or perhaps after -- consulted briefly with the quarterback and predicted that Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome would play a key role in the selection.

Moments later, with Tebow displaying none of the strain of the moment, the doors to the den closed. Shortly thereafter, Tebow emerged, a cell phone to his ear and Broncos coach Josh McDaniels on the other end.

Tebow beamed and the house, filled with supporters, broke into cheers and tears. When the call first came in, Tebow looked at Sexton, who ordered, "Answer the thing!"

One of Sexton's associates, Jim Denton, hugged Tebow and then turned to a reporter and said of the Broncos: "They're one of the most honest teams in the league. They did exactly what they told us they'd do."

Ridiculed by some because of allegedly flawed mechanics, Tebow was the second quarterback selected.

"I think, when I was in the Philippines and watched all those people going about their business without stuff we just took for granted, I learned patience," Tebow said. "So it didn't matter where I went, just so I went. If it was [Friday], and the second round or so, then so be it. But I am glad that it's over."

That Tebow went in the first round, given the criticisms of him and the fact he had his throwing motion so deconstructed by personal mentors Zeke Bratkowski, Marc Trestman and Noel Mazzone seemed poetic justice.

Sexton and Tebow had identified the Broncos as a legitimate contender to choose the quarterback, and those suspicions were justified when Denver began to deal back and forth in the first round. The Broncos had met with Tebow at the combine and were very impressed with Tebow, as he was with them.

After going quiet for about a month, and sending only one area scout to Tebowís group workout, the Broncos auditioned the quarterback Monday, putting him on the field and at the blackboard for nearly six hours. They then flew from here to Atlanta to work out Georgia Tech wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who had suffered a broken foot in February and had been unable to work for scouts. The Broncos chose Thomas three picks before Tebow; they now form the nucleus of the teamís future passing attack.

Last week, the Broncos flew Tebow -- who spent Thursday afternoon playing basketball with his brothers, getting in a throwing workout and finding time for a haircut -- to Denver to meet with team officials.

As Tebow rode to the clubhouse here where most of the media was sequestered, he received a post-selection cell phone call from Florida coach Urban Meyer, who knows McDaniels well.

"He told me I couldn't have gotten picked by a better guy," Tebow said. At about the same time in the back of the limo, Sexton fielded a call from Newsome. "He said I owe him 25 slabs of ribs for making [the trade]," Sexton said, laughing.

Someone in the back of the SUV reminded Tebow, a local hero bypassed by the fan-needy Jaguars in the first round, that Jacksonville opens the 2010 season by hosting the Broncos.

McDaniels' mentor, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, was rumored to be very interested in the quarterback. The rationale was that, while Tebow served his quarterback apprenticeship behind Tom Brady, the Patriots would figure out a role for him. But it never came to that, and the chances are that McDaniels won't be quite as creative.

Tebow, who will fly to Denver on Friday for a press conference, has a pretty good feel for the Broncos and their personnel. But he makes no pretense of trying to quickly oust starter Kyle Orton or recently acquired backup Brady Quinn.

"I just have a passion to play football," Tebow said. "When you do things different than other people sometimes do them, and you donít settle for just being average, you open yourself up [for criticism]. But I'm ready for it. I've learned to live with it. I never just wanted to do things the same way everybody else does."

But there is little doubt Tebow is a student of the game, a human sponge who soaks in everything about his sport.

Asked if he would wear his familiar No. 15 in Denver, the quarterback cited the recent trade of wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who used to wear that uniform number, to the Miami Dolphins.

"Well," Tebow said, smiling and rubbing his eyes in the first sign of fatigue in what was a long day, "it's opened up now, hasn't it?"

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I like the insight in the way the Broncos do business.

Paladin
04-22-2010, 11:24 PM
Good piece. Interesting person, TT.....

yerner
04-22-2010, 11:31 PM
He was just happy they served food.

ZONA
04-23-2010, 12:42 AM
Hmmm, having him at the blackboard for 6 hours makes me feel a little better. Maybe his football IQ is very good. We know he can run and his passing is better then he gets credit for.

Bob's your Information Minister
04-23-2010, 12:49 AM
"I think, when I was in the Philippines and watched all those people going about their business without stuff we just took for granted, I learned patience,

**** this guy. He really thinks his **** doesn't stink. I'm going to enjoy watching him fail.

ZONA
04-23-2010, 12:51 AM
**** this guy. He really thinks his **** doesn't stink. I'm going to enjoy watching him fail.

He could die and be reincarnated a billion times and still could not fail as much as you have in 1 life, hahahaha.

DBroncos4life
04-23-2010, 12:55 AM
Tebow is going to make people sorry. Reporters, Broncos fans, whoever. Never doubt someone that won't take failing as a option. Tebow will not let himself be a bust. I'm so proud he is a Broncos.

OBF1
04-23-2010, 01:07 AM
I heard on the radio tonight on the way home that Jon Gruden and Josh McDaniels were real impressed with the fact that Tim Tebow "Gets it" when talking to him about his progressions while they were watching film of him. The were asking Tim why he did the things that he did while they were watching Tim's game films and he seemed way ahead of the curve with his answers.

I have heard what Urban Meyers has said about Tim, Now hearing what Jon Gruden and Coach McDaniels think, I am more sold on him than I have ever been. Good things are coming people, I hope some of you calm down and get behind the newest Denver Bronco.

DBroncos4life
04-23-2010, 01:10 AM
I heard on the radio tonight on the way home that Jon Gruden and Josh McDaniels were real impressed with the fact that Tim Tebow "Gets it" when talking to him about his progressions while they were watching film of him. The were asking Tim why he did the things that he did while they were watching Tim's game films and he seemed way ahead of the curve with his answers.

I have heard what Urban Meyers has said about Tim, Now hearing what Jon Gruden and Coach McDaniels think, I am more sold on him than I have ever been. Good things are coming people, I hope some of you calm down and get behind the newest Denver Bronco.

Worst case, McD fails over the next couple of year. Gruden will be all over us trying to get a job. It won't matter though because Tebow won't fail.

Steve Sewell
04-23-2010, 01:37 AM
He could die and be reincarnated a billion times and still could not fail as much as you have in 1 life, hahahaha.

LOL more like 1 day in Bob's life.

Popps
04-23-2010, 01:38 AM
**** this guy. He really thinks his **** doesn't stink. I'm going to enjoy watching him fail.

[x] knows a lot about failure

robbieopperude
04-23-2010, 02:13 AM
Tebow will contribute this year in the same value that Michael Vick helped out the Eagles. His running will open up the field and he will make plays inside the redzone. I suspect him to start for Denver at QB year 3. Orton for 1/2 years and then Tebow or perhaps Quinn starts for a year.
I think pick 25 wasn't a reach for him and I also believe that he will make this team better for the next decade just as much as Williams at DT would have. Now lets go out there and find some lineman to block for him tomorrow.

epicSocialism4tw
04-23-2010, 04:39 AM
I forgot that Pasquarelli existed.

Drek
04-23-2010, 05:27 AM
Tebow will contribute this year in the same value that Michael Vick helped out the Eagles. His running will open up the field and he will make plays inside the redzone. I suspect him to start for Denver at QB year 3. Orton for 1/2 years and then Tebow or perhaps Quinn starts for a year.
I think pick 25 wasn't a reach for him and I also believe that he will make this team better for the next decade just as much as Williams at DT would have. Now lets go out there and find some lineman to block for him tomorrow.

I think McDaniels will use something akin to the Montana/DeBerg model where he'll bring Tebow in for red zone situations, letting him finish drives. He'll see regular action in a special package, but it'll be a package primarily targeted at red zone production.

go_broncos
04-23-2010, 05:29 AM
Tebow will contribute this year in the same value that Michael Vick helped out the Eagles. His running will open up the field and he will make plays inside the redzone. I suspect him to start for Denver at QB year 3. Orton for 1/2 years and then Tebow or perhaps Quinn starts for a year.
I think pick 25 wasn't a reach for him and I also believe that he will make this team better for the next decade just as much as Williams at DT would have. Now lets go out there and find some lineman to block for him tomorrow.

Do you believe Mcd will be our coach after 3 years?
With the way he draft player's, I want him to be gone after next season

SoonerBronco
04-23-2010, 06:17 AM
he could die and be reincarnated a billion times and still could not fail as much as you have in 1 life, hahahaha.

rofl!rofl!rofl!rofl!rofl!

Binkythefrog
04-23-2010, 06:58 AM
Do you believe Mcd will be our coach after 3 years?
With the way he draft player's, I want him to be gone after next season

How would you draft players? Did you go to the combine and scout players? Did you watch film of all of the prospects? Did you interview any of these players? How many other teams picked players that the mocks missed? Can you predict the future and tell me that McD's picks are all terrible? Just because McD didn't pick the player that some other media guy said we should of picked doesn't mean its a terrible pick.

scorpio
04-23-2010, 07:02 AM
**** this guy. He really thinks his **** doesn't stink. I'm going to enjoy watching him fail.

http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showpost.php?p=6701713&postcount=7

ouch.

Rabb
04-23-2010, 07:09 AM
I think it is almost impossible to not like this kid, seriously. I have said it many times now, I am not thrilled with what we gave up to move back into the 1st round but I don't think any football fan can help but be excited about the possibility here. An undisputed, proven winner and leader in the toughest conference in college football who just wants a shot to prove the world wrong and learn...yeah that sounds awful.

I am not just saying this because I am a Broncos fan, but I hope this kid just dominates to prove everyone wrong.

SoDak Bronco
04-23-2010, 07:22 AM
Tebow is going to make people sorry. Reporters, Broncos fans, whoever. Never doubt someone that won't take failing as a option. Tebow will not let himself be a bust. I'm so proud he is a Broncos.

I hope you are right...I am def hoping he proves me wrong..I have my doubts though

ColoradoBuff
04-23-2010, 07:37 AM
Tebow is going to make people sorry. Reporters, Broncos fans, whoever. Never doubt someone that won't take failing as a option. Tebow will not let himself be a bust. I'm so proud he is a Broncos.

^
This!!!!!!:strong:

ColoradoBuff
04-23-2010, 07:38 AM
http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showpost.php?p=6701713&postcount=7

ouch.

got owned on his own Queefs site! lol!Hilarious!

gunns
04-23-2010, 07:39 AM
I heard on the radio tonight on the way home that Jon Gruden and Josh McDaniels were real impressed with the fact that Tim Tebow "Gets it" when talking to him about his progressions while they were watching film of him. The were asking Tim why he did the things that he did while they were watching Tim's game films and he seemed way ahead of the curve with his answers.

I have heard what Urban Meyers has said about Tim, Now hearing what Jon Gruden and Coach McDaniels think, I am more sold on him than I have ever been. Good things are coming people, I hope some of you calm down and get behind the newest Denver Bronco.

I have calmed down, it was either that or have a massive stroke.

I like what I'm hearing but I think I'm a bit jaded after 10 years of hearing "positive" things about so many players and what they would do for the team and having it be garbage. I did support a Urban Meyer protege, Alex Smith. Maybe it was the team he went to but I worry that Tebow will struggle as much. And that's my problem right now. I did not want Tebow but in a later round I would have been fine with a player that is going to struggle, by his own admission. The first round was too early for a "project". Reminds me of a Tommy Maddox pick.

And the fact that the previous pick was a WR. I have 3 firm rules for a draft.....NEVER take a WR in the first round, NEVER take a Gator QB, NEVER take a Penn St. Player. McD shot two of those down in the first round. What will today bring?

DenverBroncosJM
04-23-2010, 08:03 AM
You might be really mad if they take Sean Lee ILb from Penn today

Dedhed
04-23-2010, 08:09 AM
Tebow is going to make people sorry. Reporters, Broncos fans, whoever. Never doubt someone that won't take failing as a option. Tebow will not let himself be a bust. I'm so proud he is a Broncos.

This is why I'm on board with the pick. Players bust all the time, and it usually has more to do with a lack of interest and desire to work at getting better.

Tebow's talent may not deliver in the NFL, but it will not be due to a lack of effort.

Steve Sewell
04-23-2010, 08:11 AM
Do you believe Mcd will be our coach after 3 years?
With the way he draft player's, I want him to be gone after next season

He has at least 3 years left.

Paladin
04-23-2010, 08:15 AM
3 Rules? Maybe that's why you are not in a position to conduct a draft. Those are your rules, not McD's and I doubt very many coaches would agree with you. Talent is talent. PSU has put out a lot of great LBs over the years as well as other fine players.