Tim Tebow timeline: The history of The Chosen One in Denver

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Tim Tebow.
Denver may be landlocked, but the town was hit by a hurricane two years ago -- and its name was Tim Tebow. Now that Peyton Manning has signed with the Broncos and Tebow's trade to the New York Jets is offical, the time is right to look back on Tebowmania, from the first time his name ever appeared in this space to the fateful day earlier this week when he became part of team's past rather than its future. Remember the madness below.

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A young Tim.
April 28, 2009

"Quarterbacks the Broncos have no shot at getting next year because of idiotic trade."

This post represented our initial mention of Tebow, in the context of complaints about Josh McDaniels's decision to trade the first pick in the 2010 draft to Seattle for a 2009 second-rounder used to select cornerback Alphonso Smith.

Feel free to ask, "Alphonso who?" anytime.

As we noted in this item, CBS Sports' Pete Prisco had talked up a number of quarterbacks expected to be available for drafting the following year, including Tebow.

In response, I wrote, "I can't agree with Prisco on this last one: Tebow seems like an NFL bust in the making."

Let the hating begin.

January 29, 2010

"Focus on the Family's Tim Tebow Super Bowl ad 'absolutely not anti-anything,' says Focus spokesman."

Tebow's 2010 Super Bowl ad for Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family made headlines for weeks before it actually aired due to curiosity about how heavy-handed its pro-life message might be. The final version constituted a relative soft-sell, but it's hard-hitting in a different way, as Tebow can be seen sacking his mom. Here's the spot:

February 5, 2010

"Tim Tebow in Denver Blogs: Please don't draft him, Broncos!"

Kyle from the blog Bronco Talk voiced this plaintive viewpoint. But did Josh McDaniels listen to him?

April 23, 2010

"Tim Tebow draft pick good for Broncos and America, says Focus on the Family."

Lotsa criticism of the selection, particularly given that it was in the first round. But not from our friends to the south....

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John Elway talking about Tebow.
May 4, 2010

"John Elway talks up Broncos' Tim Tebow pick."
Paraphrasing Elway's comments to 9News before he was part of team management: "He hints that Tebow won't start right away, but he expects him to be the guy in the next year or two, with McDaniels tinkering with the playbook to take advantage of Double-T's skill set. As for questions about mechanics, he defers to McDaniels, who he complements for his work with Tom Brady and Matt Cassel. He adds that he's excited to see Tebow play."

July 7, 2010

"Tim Tebow kicks NFL veterans' asses -- in jersey sales."

This was before he'd even taken a snap in an NFL game....

September 9, 2010

"Tim Tebow: Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi reluctantly predicts big things for 'Kid Jesus.'"

Quoth Taibbi: "There's a dreary kind of logic to Tebow stepping in late in the year and shoving all our noses in how wrong we were about him. Or he could be an epic bust like Lions QB Andre Ware, but I don't think so."

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Remember this?
October 18, 2010

"Tim Tebow's play in Broncos' loss to Jets sets up quarterback controversy of a different kind."

Josh McDaniels didn't use Tebow much during the early part of the 2010 season, and when he did, McD used his talents in one-dimensional fashion. An excerpt: "As for Tebow, he got onto the field for the first time since week one and proved fairly effective -- particularly on his first regular season NFL touchdown. But at this point, coach Josh McDaniels seems to see him as only a glorified extra running back, not someone capable of actually throwing the ball. And unless I'm very much mistaken, he'll have to pass every once in a while if he's ever going to become the Broncos' signal caller of the future."

October 28, 2010

"Tim Tebow should start at QB for Broncos, says almost half of America on ESPN's SportsNation."

After the Broncos' 59-14 blowout loss to the hated Oakland Raiders, the pressure to replace Kyle Orton with Tebow began to build nationally as well as locally.

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