ESPN spent the vast majority of the 2 p.m. edition of its flagship program SportsCenter taking a look at Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow from a number of different angles on Wednesday. The network spoke about Tebow for approximately 40 minutes while covering the other breaking news of the day in between his segments.
The show began with video clips of all of Tebow’s come-from-behind victories in his 10 games over two seasons as a NFL starter.
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Then the network went live to Denver, CO and spoke with Broncos beat writer Josina Andreson about a number of topics including how the fans have embraced Tebow.
Next up was a debate between former NFL players Mark Schlareth and Jerry Rice about whether defenses will begin to figure out Tebow and whether or not he has the ability to succeed long-term in the league.
ESPN followed that segment with a comparison of Tebow and Carolina QB Cam Newton during their NFL careers, including the three games Tebow started as a rookie in 2010.
For another local slant on Tebow, Brandon Krisztal of 104.3 FM The Fan was brought on to talk about how the Broncos faithful has reacted to their new star player this year.
Hashtag #SCTebow was Twitter’s No. 1 trending topic worldwide during the show, and the network aired some viewer tweets in between some of the segments. Then they took a look at the impact he has had as a fantasy football player this year.
ESPN was sure to include some shots of Tebow “Tebowing” as well, one of which was shown as the network re-aired comments made by color commentator Jon Gruden during Monday Night Football about how Jacksonville fans would have killed to have their team draft Tebow two years ago.
Schlareth returned to debate Tebow’s staunchest supporter at ESPN, Skip Bayless, about whether or not he is the answer for Denver long term and how he can improve.
Former NFL QB Steve Young joined the program next to rehash his comments about head coach John Fox doing Tebow a disservice by not letting him throw the ball, saying he was happy to see that has changed a bit but that Tebow needs to work on his passing in live game action in order to improve in the long run.
The network capped off the show with a top 10 list consisting of Tebow’s best plays and moments both with the Florida Gators and in his two seasons with the Broncos.
10. Jump pass touchdown to Tate Casey vs. LSU (2006).
9. Rushing touchdown up the middle vs. Florida State (2008).
8. Rollout touchdown pass to Demarius Thomas vs. Minnesota (2011).
7. Rushing touchdown up the middle vs. Ohio State (2007).
6. First-round pick in 2010 NFL Draft; 24-point second half, come-from-behind victory in first career start vs. Houston (2010).
5. Passing touchdown to Eric Decker vs. Kansas City (2011).
4. Rushing touchdown vs. FAU (20th of season); Heisman Trophy (2007).
3. The Promise speech; 2009 BCS title (2008).
2. Rollout game-winning rushing touchdown vs. New York Jets (2011).
1. Touchdown, two-point conversion to cap come-from-behind victory vs. Miami (2011).
OGGOA will update this post with footage from the ESPN program as the network releases individual clips on its own website later in the day.