Tim Tebow Won in a Strange Way That John Elway and Peyton Manning Never Did

Because of the success he had for the Florida Gators in college, Tim Tebow had a lot of publicity during his short-lived NFL career. His performances as a starter in the NFL didn’t really merit all the discussion and coverage that he got. Despite being a first-round draft pick, Tebow was out of the league after playing three seasons with two teams. Despite not being in the league that long, Tebow is the answer to an interesting trivia question. It’s a fact that is shocking when you first hear it, but if you think about it, you realize that it is absolutely true.

Tim Tebow succeeds in college football, fails in the NFL

Jacksonville Jaguars Tight End Tim Tebow stretching before a scrimmage match in Jacksonville, Florida
Jacksonville Jaguars Tight End Tim Tebow | David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Tim Tebow only played part-time as a freshman at Florida, but he was the full-time starter his last three years at the school, according to Sports Reference. He completed more than 66% of his passes in college for 9,285 yards and 88 touchdowns, with just 16 interceptions. He had almost 3,000 more yards rushing and 57 touchdowns on the ground. He won the Heisman as a sophomore in 2007 when he had career highs with 3,286 passing yards and 32 passing touchdowns.

The Denver Broncos took Tebow with the 25th pick in the 2010 draft, hoping he would continue putting up those kinds of stats in the NFL, but it wasn’t to be. He quickly flamed out at the professional level, as Pro Football Reference lets us know he started just 14 games in two seasons in Denver. His completion percentage was under 48, and he threw just 17 touchdowns, with nine interceptions. The Broncos traded him to the Jets after the 2011 season, and he threw just eight passes for the Jets, and Tebow has not taken a snap in a regular season game since 2012. The biggest reason he didn’t succeed is that he wasn’t ready for the increased competition in the NFL. The offenses were too complex for him to be able to work with them.

A strange-but-true fact about Tebow and the Denver Broncos

Despite such a short run with the Broncos, Tim Tebow did something that no other quarterback in Denver Broncos history — including Hall of Famers John Elway and Peyton Manning — did. He won a playoff game for the Broncos as a quarterback that was drafted by the team, which ESPN tweeted. That may be surprising, considering Elway played his entire career with the Broncos, but they didn’t draft him. The Baltimore Colts took Elway with the first pick in the 1983 draft, but he didn’t want to play for the Colts and forced them to trade him, and he went to the Broncos a few days after the draft.

It doesn’t look like Tebow will get company anytime soon, as a Broncos-drafted quarterback to win a playoff game because Drew Lock, who Denver drafted in 2019, lost his starting job to Teddy Bridgewater before the season started, as Broncos Wire reports.

What is Tim Tebow doing now?

Tim Tebow has certainly stayed in the spotlight in the nine years since his NFL career ended. He played in the New York Mets’ minor league system for several years and tried out with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a tight end in the preseason. Just days after being cut, he signed on with juice bar company Clean Juice, serving as the company’s national ambassador. Clean Juice hopes Tebow’s fame and notoriety will help the brand become more well known across the U.S. Tebow also serves as a college football analyst for ESPN and SEC Network.

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