With Peyton Manning's retirement and the mutiny of Brock Osweiler, who signed a big-money deal with the Houston Texans, the most senior signal-caller on the Broncos' roster is Mark Sanchez, whose best-known play remains the so-called butt fumble.
No wonder some Broncos fans prefer stepping back to looking forward.
To wit: A petition has been launched calling for Tim Tebow's return to the Broncos — and thus far, it's generated nearly 2,000 signatures.
As you know, Tebow is a former member of the Broncos, and during the 2011-2012 season, he led the squad to the playoffs and a opening-round victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers — the first Denver playoff win since 2005.
But when Manning became available, Tebow time was over in Denver. He was traded to the New York Jets.
There, ironically, he wound up in competition with none other than Sanchez, whose quick start with the Jets had degenerated into disappointment.
Here's a meme from that period joking about Sanchez's reaction to New York's acquisition of the Chosen One.
The aforementioned Change.org petition would like to pit Tebow against Sanchez once again.
The petition's intro reads:
The Denver Broncos have lost their two main quarterbacks from their epic 2016 Super Bowl Championship winning season. We need a proven winner to continue to move this team in the right direction. Coach Gary Kubiak's offense would thrive with Tebow under center. He and the legendary John Elway can make this happen. We don't need a subpar throwaway from some other team, we need an original Bronco who has the fire, desire, and love of the game to play as a Bronco again! As a bonus the Bronco fans would be ecstatic! He just wins, we all know this! #TebowTimeRight now, the petition total has exceeded 1,900 signatures, and there are plenty of positive comments about Timmy on the page — no surprise, given a level of adulation that led a fan to create this jersey back in 2011.
Here are some other examples of praise heaped upon Tebow's name:
Tim Tebow has an ability to lead unlike no other. He is multi-faceted and talented. He deserves another chance in the NFL, why not the Broncos again?There has been no indication thus far that the Broncos are willing to give Tebow that opportunity — but he has other career options.
I want somebody here who is not all about the money but just has the desire to win. Also, Tebow is a great role model.
Tim Tebow is a proven winner and a strong leader. He CAN lead the Broncos once again to many great victories! He just needs the opportunity.
In recent days, the conservative website Red Alert Politics encouraged Tebow to run for Congress in Florida, where he won the Heisman Trophy while playing for the University of Florida Gators and is worshiped as a god.
Although he'd be the first to tell you there's only one.
To check out the petition, click here.