After a disappointing end to the season for the NY Jets, the team made a bold move to acquire thrilling and former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow from the Denver Broncos. The Jets, who previously made the AFC championship game for two years in a row, finished last season with an 8-8 record and missed the playoffs.
Tim Tebow has been a winner his entire sports life, in high school, college, and the NFL. Tebow was born in the Philippines where his parents were serving in the army, then moved to Florida at age 5. He stared as a junior at Nease High School in south Florida which earned him a scholarship to play for the University of Florida Gators, where he went on to be a college star. In his four years at UF, Tebow won the Heisman Trophy in 2007, leading the team to the BCS championship in 2008, and a 13–1 2009 season. He was selected as team captain by the Gators coaches in 2008 and 2009, and he is the only three-time recipient of the Gators' most valuable player award
After a stellar career at the University of Florida, the Denver Broncos drafted Tebow with the 25th pick in the 2010 NFL draft. Young Tim signed a five year $11.25 million contract and was to back up Kyle Orton who was the team’s current starting QB. On October 17 of that year, Tebow scored his first NFL career touchdown on a five yard run against the NY Jets. Just four weeks later, he threw a touchdown on his first NFL pass attempt in a 49-29 blowout of the Kansas City Chiefs.
The 2011 season began with Tebow once again as the Broncos backup quarterback. But after a poor 1-4 start to the season he was inserted in as the starter and nearly led his team back from a 16 point deficit in a 5 point loss to the Chargers. In the Broncos very next game, Tebow orchestrated a rally which saw the Broncos wipe out a 15-0 deficit with 3 minutes left to beat the Dolphins in overtime. From his first start and on, the Broncos went on to win five in a row and eventually won the NFC West title and revived Broncos football once again. On January 8th, the Broncos hosted the Steelers in the first round of the playoffs where Tebow threw for 316 yard and helped win the game in a walk off fashion 29-23 in overtime. The Broncos next flew to New England and were blown away by the Patriots 45-10 which put an end to their dramatic run and finished their season.
Tim Tebow's strong play down the stretch confirmed him as the Broncos starting quarterback heading into the 2012 season. But on March 20, the Broncos signed future hall of famer Peyton Manning which meant the end of the Tebow era in Denver. The very next day, the New York Jets pulled off a trade to bring the prominent QB to the big apple. Although Gang Green does have an elite quarterback in Mark Sanchez, it will be very interesting to see how head coach Rex Ryan can come up with a game plan to get the Jets back to the promise land. Can Tebow be the final piece to the Jets puzzle? That question will soon be answered with free agency underway and the NFL draft coming up.