Wow! I’m stunned that John Elway was able to pull off another miracle finish, allowing him not only to rid the Broncos of Tim Tebow and Tebowmania, but in the process stick it to the Colts once again. I guess that Standford degree really came in handy this time.
With the perception that Elway, Fox, Xanders, and owner Pat Bowlen — whom Tim Tebow made some money and helped lead the Broncos to their first play-off appearance since 2005 — were duplicitous in their dealings with the former University of Florida quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner, it’s perhaps a fitting end to this sorry spectacle.
Whether or not the reality matches the perception — that Elway and company have been less than honest in their dealings with Tim Tebow — will perhaps be the great unanswered question. I fully expect that Tebow will say the right and charitable things publicly, even though privately he might understand that his trust — or lack thereof — in the Denver Broncos’ management has been verified and found severely wanting.
Those who excuse the Broncos’ behavior during their chase for Manning as “just business” must operate with a different business ethic than most reputable businesses operate under. If by “just business” you mean management speaking out of both sides of their mouth, then John Elway could be said to have great business skills. Did it ever occur to any current or future Denver Broncos’ players that the way management – particularly John Elway — treated Tim Tebow will most likely be the way that he treats them?
While the Broncos’ public courtship of Peyton Manning may or may not have taken Tebow by surprise, the turn of events certainly did not take God by surprise. And, whatever spin that Elway and Fox try to put on their shabby treatment of a man who deserved much better, God will also know that the words their mouths speak may not sqaure with the truth.
Despite the poor facade that John Elway exhibited this past year — even when Denver was winning — we at least now know the truth of his and the Broncos’ true feelings regarding Tim Tebow. For Tebow, the truth of Elway’s apparent duplicity and dislike can now set him free to go to a team that truly values him as a football player and as a person, in a way that Elway obviously did not.
For Mr. Elway, Mr. Bowlen, and Mr. Fox, the hard truth of what happens to those who are, shall we say, less than forthright in their dealings with others, will become a reality next fall. Makes me think of one of my favorite movies, “The Legends of the Fall.” Or, maybe that should just be re-named, “Legends Who Fall.” And fall hard! I hope John enjoys the free fall. Well, not exactly free.