Tim Tebow's fate to be determined on 3-16? Ask Peyton Manning
It's 3-16 -- digits more closely linked to Tim Tebow than No. 15. Back in the day, he daubed them into his eye black as a salute to the Bible verse John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." But Tebow's eternal quest to be the Broncos' starting QB is in jeopardy due to the team's pursuit of Peyton Manning. Will today mark the date when Tebow is saved?
The twists and turns in this story can be tracked via tweets from ESPN's Adam Schefter. After Manning's visit to Nashville, where he parked in Taylor Swift's hangar (wink-wink, nudge-nudge) and met with the Titans braintrust, Schefter tweeted about one of the many attempts to coax him to Tennessee:
More incentive (we think): Shoney's is offering Peyton Manning all the free pancakes he can eat every day if he signs with the Titans.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2012
Then came word of another flight for the media to track:
A plane is flying to Durham from Denver. Peyton Manning is in Durham. Broncos coming from Denver.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2012
Schefter then added more detail in a second tweet on the topic....
ESPN has learned Peyton Manning is working out for the Broncos today, but he does not make them the leader.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2012
....and a third....
Broncos traveling party includes Exec VP John Elway, HC John Fox, OC Mike McCoy, QB coach Adam Gase, GM Brian Xanders and a medical team.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2012
Positive news for the pro-Manning crowd in Denver, right? But Schefter tempered enthusiasm with news about a dark horse in this race:
From @mortreport and me: Even before he worked out for Broncos, Peyton Manning worked out for 49ers and underwent a physical this week.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2012
He reinforced this message a few minutes later:
The latest on Peyton Manning and the sleeper team that is the San Francisco 49ers.es.pn/yYRE82— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2012
The 49ers info throws another complication into a story that's been plenty complicated already. After all, San Francisco had been widely reported to have lacked the desperation of other teams in the Peyton sweepstakes and had already bowed out. Does their return to the limelight constitute the sort of miracle for which Tebow lovers in Colorado have been praying? Dunno -- but this Schefter retweet brings up today's significance:
RT @wesleylhicks: Of course we are going to find out Tebow's future today because it is 3-16! ... Oh boy. Hadn't even thought of that.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2012
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