When Tim Tebow was the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos during the 2011 season, Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless had several heated debates on First Take.
Bayless was a huge Tebow fan and believed the former Florida star was a clutch QB, while Smith wasn’t a Tebow believer at all and repeatedly said the lefty was the worst thrower in the NFL.
Before the 2012 season started, the Broncos signed Peyton Manning and traded Tim Tebow to the New York Jets. During one segment on First Take, Stephen A. Smith lost it and accused Skip Bayless of smoking crack after the polarizing media personality had a bizarre take.
Tim Tebow went 7-4 in 2011
Tim Tebow started 11 games for the Broncos in 2011 and went 7-4. He threw for 1,729 yards and 12 touchdowns but only completed 46.5% of his passes.
One of the reasons Skip Bayless loved Tebow is because the former Heisman Trophy Winner had five fourth-quarter comebacks in 2011, which led the NFL. The Broncos went 8-8 and won the AFC West Division.
Despite Tebow leading the Broncos to the playoffs, Stephen A. Smith bashed the popular gunslinger all season long. However, he was forced to eat his words after the Broncos defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card game, thanks to Tebow’s heroics.
Tebow went 10-of-21 versus the Broncos and threw two touchdowns, including the game-winner to Demaryius Thomas in overtime. Stephen A. couldn’t believe what Tebow did against the Steelers and was at Bayless’ mercy on First Take after the game.
The Broncos faced Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the Divisional Round and got blown out. A few months later, John Elway signed Peyton Manning in free agency and sent Tebow to the Jets.
During a First Take episode during Broncos’ training camp in 2012, Skip Bayless said something outrageous involving Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow. It was so outlandish that Stephen A. Smith accused his partner of smoking crack.
Skip Bayless said Peyton Manning had to live up to Tim Tebow’s bar
Skip Bayless said Peyton Manning would have to live up to Tim Tebow’s bar in 2012 since Tebow won the AFC West in 2011 and guided the Broncos to a playoff win.
Stephen A. Smith, shocked by Bayless’ comment, accused Skip of “smoking crack.”
“You are smoking crack,” Smith said. “Something is wrong with you. Peyton Manning has to live up to a standard set by Tim Tebow? A Super Bowl champion has to sit there and worry about an 8-8 guy? They’re spraying something wrong in that hairdo of yours.”
Manning was coming off multiple surgeries on his neck, so no one knew how the MVP would perform in his first season with the Broncos. What Stephen A. Smith did know was that Manning would play better than Tebow.
The Broncos went 13-3 in 2012. Peyton Manning threw for 4,659 yards and 37 touchdowns, shattering all the expectations surrounding him. To Skip Bayless’ dismay, no one in Denver missed Tim Tebow once Manning came to town.
Peyton Manning won one MVP and one Super Bowl with the Broncos
Peyton Manning won the MVP award in 2013 and led the Broncos to a championship over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. The Hall of Famer retired from the NFL after his second Super Bowl.
One of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, Manning threw for 71,940 yards and 539 touchdowns with the Indianapolis Colts and Broncos. He made 14 Pro Bowls and won five MVP awards.