While fans and analysts argue over whether or not former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow can eventually become a starting quarterback in the NFL for the Denver Broncos, a local legend who Tebow is supposed to replace already has his back.
Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection who won two Super Bowl trophies and has his No. 7 retired in the Broncos’ Ring of Fame, endorsed the former Heisman Trophy winner to 9NEWS Tuesday morning while participating in the Colorado Golf Association Four-Ball Championship.
“I think we have a great competitor so that gives us hope,” Elway said of Tebow. “It’s gonna take a little bit of time, but I think he’ll battle his way in there and hopefully get in the thick of things quick. […] He’s got the potential, he won at the college ranks, and won the Heisman, so there is talent there, there’s a want there. I think we have a great competitor so that gives us hope.”
He also spoke with CBS4 in Denver about the same subject, explaining how similar Tebow’s arrival is to that of his’ over two decades ago.
“I think there’s a connection already with Tim Tebow and the way he’s acted, come in answered with the media, the type of person he is. He fits perfect into this community,” Elway said. “I think that’s why everyone is excited about him because they kind of feel like you know he’s the next son of Denver. That’s how I felt when I came in. […] When he did come in to town, he texted me. So I texted him back and said welcome to town and looking forward to meeting him.”
Elway was drafted No. 1 overall in the 1983 NFL Draft and had a 16-year pro career.