Tebowing is defined as the action of getting down on one knee and praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something different.
Avid Denver Broncos fan Jared Kleinstein coined the term after watching former Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow spark another comeback victory over the Miami Dolphins in 2011. Tebow threw two touchdown passes and a two point conversion to force overtime. The Broncos prevailed in OT off the foot of kicker Matt Prater, who sealed the 18-15 victory. Kleinstein became a believer and launched tebowing.com the very next day.
However, when dissecting recent statements from wide receivers Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas, there seemed to have been a different definition of Tebowing formulating within the Broncos' locker room.
I will preface their comments with saying I personally witnessed Tim Tebow wear out his receiving core, just while playing catch prior to stretch in Denvers 2010 training camp. This happened before practices even began during Tebow's first rookie camp. One throw would be off the shoe strings, the next, three feet high, forcing the receiver to jump and make an acrobatic catch. I walked away thinking the Broncos receivers were working miracles during warm-ups alone. Tebow didnt get any better throughout the entire two and a half hour practice. It was ugly and painful to watch. Adding insult to injury, Broncos fans would boo receivers for not hauling in Cirque De Soleil receptions play after play.
Thomas was referring to the game winning touchdown pass Tebow threw to Thomas during the Broncos' overtime playoff victory against the Steelers last year.
You gotta go back and look at the rest of the games," Thomas said. "I wasnt getting no balls and you had to make some of these plays where some players were open and he is not making throws, but I dont want to talk bad about Tim. But hey, I am happy we got Peyton.
Thomas went on to say, You would have people calling him out saying, 'Tim you gotta make that throw. You gotta read the defenses better.'
Thomas' comments are about as damning as it gets from an NFL teammate.
I think many of us have experience dealing with co-workers failing to perform a task at hand. Overall, everyone just bites the bullet and picks up the slack through shear self preservation to get the job done. But former teammates of Tebow are not shy about their defining moments with him, as well as and what the future may hold with Broncos new quarterback and future Hall of Famer, Peyton Manning.
Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker joined ESPNs Colin Cowherd to discuss how differently this offseason has been working with Manning so far. Decker described Peytons accuracy saying, Throwing it great, hitting you in the right spot.
With the subtle jabs by Thomas and Decker at their former quarterback, it seems to be their time to wear Tim Tebow out through the media.
Decker continued raving about Peyton Manning, stating, Hes such a perfectionist. If he hits you in the belly button, he gets mad at himself for not hitting you in the chest. Its unbelievable to be around a guy who has those standards for himself.
I am one who does believe the Broncos wide receivers' prayers have been answered.