Tim Tebow is all smiles this season with a 6-1 record as a starter. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Tim Tebow Magic Turns Denver Broncos Into Winners

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I’ve always said that if Colorado had its own state currency, John Elway would be on the $1 bill. If that were the case, Tim Tebow would have to be $5 bill. When he has facial hair, he looks a bit like Abraham Lincoln anyway.

Since becoming the Broncos starter this season, the team has a 6-1 record.

You better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout, I’m telling you why: The Denver Broncos are tied for first place in the AFC West and they finish out the season with three of four games at home.

As we hang up orange and blue holiday lights, and visions of playoffs dance in our heads, Tim Tebow is proving his doubters wrong. He is bringing a team that started 1-4 to merrier and brighter days, and he’s injecting adrenaline into a city whose team hasn’t seen the playoffs since 2005.

Don’t get me wrong. He still has his doubters. Just yesterday, Merril Hoge said this about Tebow:

“That’s called gimmick football.  What do you believe?  Do you believe you can win a Super Bowl?  Is it about winning games?  There is no conversation.  They’ve already won games.  Can you win a Super Bowl?  That is the whole thing.  Do I believe he’s a good guy?  Do I believe he can run the football?  I never said he couldn’t.  I do believe in that.  Can you throw it from the pocket on a consistent basis?  He still throws it in the dirt 50% of the time.  He’s still undecided to how he throws the football on his second year.  His elongated motion is still there.  You’re going to get exposed eventually by a very good team … I don’t see it.  I haven’t seen no improvement.  His gimmicks are working right now.  But when you have to play real football, he won’t be able to do it.” – Merril Hoge (ESPN) 

Hoge better hope that he doesn’t have a layover in Denver anytime soon.

Ever since Tebow came to Denver during the McDaniels error era, the bellow of his name could be heard from Denver to his birthplace (and location where he’s building a children’s hospital) — the Philippines. The echoes ricocheted off the walls of the Rocky Mountains to the hallways of Dove Valley even through the regime change last off season. Kyle Orton was named the starter, but the people wanted Tebow. Eventually, the Broncos coaching staff did too.

It’s safe to say that the Mile High mind is on the “Mile High Messiah,” particularly when the game clock winds down. Tebow has five fourth-quarter/OT game winning drives this season. His will to win is unparalleled. You can ask Jared Allen about that. You can check in with Philip Rivers, Bart Scott, Todd Haley, Richard Seymour, and Brandon Marshall. They all know a thing or six about Tebow’s will to win.

That’s the reason why his No. 15 jersey can be seen all around the world. It can be found displayed in sporting goods stores from China to the U.K. It can be seen on the backs of men, women, and children from New York to California, and of course at the mothership– Florida. There may even be a wild ape deep down in Africa wearing the orange No. 15. The jersey might as well be raised on flag poles outside of all Colorado schools and government buildings. Had the miners found one during the Gold Rush, they may have been able to kick their feet up and sip on a bright drink with a little umbrella lingering at the surface. In fact, Tebow’s jersey may be the perfect garment for a newborn to be wrapped in after coming into this world. After all, it is Tim Tebow’s world and we’re all just living in it, right?

In all seriousness, the word “potential” has been traded in for “playmaker.” Not only does Tebow win games, but his spirit and his big plays carry over to his teammates. There’s a reason why Denver’s defense suddenly started to come to life once Tebow was named the starter.

Tebow had a season-best passer rating of 149.3 (out of a possible 158.3) in the Broncos 35-32 win over the Minnesota Vikings. In his seven starts this season, he has 9 passing touchdowns and just one interception. Add in 3 rushing touchdowns and one fumble and that’s a 12:2 turnover ratio. Philip Rivers would kill for numbers like that right now.

This is why when the Mile High Messiah trots out on to the field, the clouds part as if to allow touchdowns and wins to fill the gaps on the field.

The worst thing that can come from the Broncos quarterback switch is a 7-9 record. That’s still three games better than last season’s record.

As we wait to see where this kid lands and if he can bring the Broncos back to their glory days, we still have to keep in mind that this is a young quarterback. Just as his wins light up the Denver sky, his mistakes shine as well. That’s what comes with being the most polarizing player in the league.

Enthusiasm and excitement are contagious and Tim Tebow is the ultimate carrier. He’s also the Father of Impeccable Effort, and the creator of Tebow Magic.

Let me explain Tebow Magic. There’s something magical about a quarterback who wins at the end of games. He transcends the body and transcends the mind. Finally what you have laid before you is the soul of a football player who simply wants to win. That’s Tebow Magic.

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