Tim Tebow to become Times Square Tim in New York, says Focus on the Family

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Tim Tebow.
After the Broncos traded Tim Tebow to the Jets, televangelist Pat Robertson accused Denver of treating Tebow shabbily. But a spokesman for Colorado Springs' Focus on the Family, for which Tebow made a 2010 Super Bowl ad, doesn't echo this claim. Instead, he believes the events that led the Broncos to sign Peyton Manning and deal Tebow resulted in a win-win for all involved, including the QB who may someday be known as "Times Square Tim."

At various times over the years, Times Square has been known as a rundown tribute to degradation and sin and a tacky/gaudy tourist trap -- but the proposed nickname of Focus spokesman Gary Schneeberger refers to neither of these incarnations.

"There's a lot of street evangelism going on down there these days," Schneeberger points out. "And that's a lot more Tim than Broadway. I told a reporter from the New York Daily News, 'You guys are accustomed to Broadway Joe'" -- a reference to Joe Namath, who led the Jets to their only Super Bowl victory in early 1969 -- "but Tim's more like 'Times Square Tim.'"

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John Elway with Peyton at Manning's introductory press conference.
Schneeberger concedes that the Tebow trade "was sad for those of us who love Tim" in Broncos Nation -- particularly Coloradans. Recall that in 2010, Schneeberger described Denver's drafting of Tebow as good for the Broncos and America. But he understands why the move was made.

"Peyton Manning is the only four-time MVP in football history, and he's gone to the Super Bowl twice" with the Indianapolis Colts. "Fans loved Tim Tebow, but if you're going to have any grace at all in trading Tim Tebow, Peyton Manning is the guy."

Not all Tebow boosters agree, particularly in Colorado Springs. "Down here," Schneeberger says, "I've heard a lot of comparisons to Johnny Unitas," the undisputed greatest Colts quarterback of all-time before Manning came along. "He was great, but at the end of his career, he went to the Chargers, who were not a good team -- and people remember old, limping Johnny Unitas on the sidelines bleeding from the mouth because he was getting beaten up. But Peyton Manning is only 36 years old -- and just 35 in football years, because he didn't play last year. So if he's healthy, it's really hard to argue with the move -- and most people who were Broncos fans before Tebow have applauded it. If you have a chance to pick up a guy like that, it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and you grab it."

He feels the news is equally good for Tebow -- and not simply for marketing reasons.

Page down to continue reading Focus on the Family spokesman Gary Schneeberger's take on the Tim Tebow trade.

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