Through grief, former Broncos quarterback creates a home
Judi Griese died when Brian was 12 years old. He remembers his mom as someone who was always finding a way to help others. Brian Griese had a hard time accepting her death.
“The thing that I don’t think people realize is when you lose somebody it impacts you in a way that is so powerful, that it doesn’t leave, ever,” he said.
Unable to properly grieve his mother’s death as a child, Griese says he became introverted as an adult. When faced with criticism on the football field, he isolated himself even more.
He explained it like this: “I didn’t have anywhere to turn, so I had to figure out a way on my own. And that became my survival mechanism, and unfortunately, kind of painted the career that I had for the Broncos.”
I still consider Brian Griese a Denver Bronco. I always will. The same goes with Jake Plummer. In fact, any quarterback that leads the Broncos to the playoffs makes my list of great Broncos quarterbacks (I've got my eyes on you, Tebow). Thankfully, I don't have to claim Jay Cutler.
Griese once suffered a third-degree separated shoulder in the first quarter of a game against the Raiders in 2000. He remained in the game and led the Broncos to a comeback victory. It was so freaking epic, I remember getting goosebumps watching him play with that much pain.
Throughout his five seasons as a Bronco, Griese fought the "aloof" moniker. Here's the thing--it was true. Griese has spoken about his time in Denver before, but in this piece, he comes right out and admits his introverted nature--as a result of his mother's death--came to define his time in Denver.
Most of the article talks about Griese's work with his foundation, but I continue to love Griese's honesty and the insight into his career as a Bronco.
Tebow might be a true revelation
At this moment, no one knows whether the Tebow experiment Elway and Fox have been pressured into undertaking will result in anything more sustainable than Tennessee’s Vince Young experience or Atlanta’s Michael Vick roller coaster. What should be dawning on us — especially those of us who greeted Tebow’s Broncos career with skepticism — is that, thanks to a rock-solid, two-parent upbringing, Tebow is quite different from Young and Vick in terms of mental and emotional makeup. Those differences raise the real possibility that Tebow is the athletic-freak quarterback an NFL franchise should embrace with a revolutionary offensive approach.
Five championships? Sign me up.
“But does God really care who prevails on the playing field? Ordinarily, we’d say no. Then again, how to explain QB Tim Tebow, who wears his devout Christianity on his sleeve and who led the Denver Broncos to yet another improbable comeback win Sunday?”
I’ve said all along that the backlash against Tebow is really a backlash against the way Tebow gets covered in the media. This smarmy little paragraph is as good an example as you’ll find. I mean, who needs St. Thomas Aquinas when you have the Broncos’ five-game winning streak, right?
But what Fox and Elway did not foresee was the polarizing support Tebow would gain in his own locker room. His will to win, his work ethic and most importantly his ability to make plays in the clutch has made his teammates believers. Working hard and wanting to succeed is something most players have, but the key is actually producing wins. No one follows any player for just working hard. Winning creates support and with every win, Tebow adds more followers and believers.
With Tebow so firmly embedded as the leader of the resurgence, it would be impossible for Elway or Fox to move on without him. The team would revolt. They would lose their fan base and risk their own futures. If they replaced Tebow, it would have to be a sure thing, and we all know nothing is a sure thing in the NFL. Does this mean they have to be 100 percent sold right now? No, but they need to respect his work and adapt their plan.
The prudent course of action is to embrace Tebowmania and continue to improve the team’s overall talent, while making sure there is a plan in case Tebow fails to improve. In other words, the same course of action any front office would do with any player.
Tom Brady turns in top Week 13 Total QBR
Tebow had no success running the ball as he had zero rushes that went for first downs for the first time as a starter in the NFL. He also took two sacks, one for 10 yards that created a third-and-19 (which they failed to convert) and one that resulted in a fumble that was recovered by the Vikings.
Please, can someone put this stupid metric out to pasture? It's already long overdue.
Tiger Woods does his best Tim Tebow impression
Who does Tiger Woods think he is? Tim Tebow? With back-to-back birdies on the 17th and 18th holes, Woods engineered a comeback worthy of the Denver Broncos quarterback, who, himself, delivered another come-from-behind win for his team on the same NFL Sunday that Woods broke a two-plus-year winless drought.
Tim Tebow, transcending the golf world too.
Audibles at the Line: Week 13
Vince Verhei: However, both touchdowns left the Broncos down by two points, and they opted to go for one each time. I know there’s a whole quarter to go, and the Vikings haven’t let you do much on the ground all day. Still, your quarterback is theoretically a great goal-line weapon, and it’s better to be tied than to be behind. Anyone want to argue for taking the single point(s) there?
Aaron Schatz: Nope. I agree. I think it makes sense for Denver to always go for two. Probably Carolina as well… Denver in short-yardage situations before Tebow became the starter: 33-percent conversion rate. Denver in short-yardage situations after Tebow became the starter: 67-percent conversion rate.
Mike Tanier: I guess one of us should point out that he looked real sharp much of the game and found a lot of open receivers. It might as well be me.
Aaron Schatz: Yes, Tebow definitely did look better as a passer today. It helped that the Vikings cornerbacks kept waiting for safety help that wasn’t there, but Tebow did have to find those guys with accurate passes, and he did.
John Fox sure is fortunate that his team bailed out his gutless decisions to forego two-point conversion attempts to tie the game TWICE.
12-5 The John Elway Show Part 1
“Everybody wants to know [about Tebow], but our future is right now. I think that when you look at where we are..the future is the Chicago Bears. We’ve got three out of our next four at home, we’re coming off five out of six wins, and so..we’re excited to come home. I think the city is excited is excited about it…the fans are excited about where we are right now. So the future is now.”
Elway was asked directly again about what yesterday's performance meant for the future of the Broncos' QB situation. Although Elway said Tebow made "big strides yesterday" against Cover 2, he said about as little as one could when faced with a direct question. Elway was sure to give credit to "all 53 guys," and point out that John Fox was "tremendous."
In the second part of the interview, Elway managed to shower Demaryius Thomas with glowing praise, calling him a "weapon." Later, Gary Miller pressed him for some more thoughts on Tebow. Elway said his favorite play from Tebow was his audible to a go route to Demaryius Thomas that was barely out of his reach.
Next week, be sure to watch out for the "one game at a time" cliche.
Timmy Tebow Is Peter King’s New Favrecycle
The Bears visit Tebowville this weekend
TEBOWVILLE! Where the streets are paved with abstinence pamphlets and angels serve you home fries at the local diner. And it rains Kirk Cameron DVDs EVERY DAY.
I have nothing further.