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Tebow Eager to Face Brady's Patriots

Posted Dec 14, 2011

Tim Tebow has watched Tom Brady play the quarterback position at an elite level for years. Now he's getting ready to play against him.


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Quarterbacks on opposing teams may not ever be on the field at the same time, but their head-to-head production is often a decisive factor in games.

Sunday, Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow will be up against his most accomplished counterpart yet -- New England quarterback and three-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady.

“We get to play one of the top teams in the AFC,” Tebow said. “And we have a challenge of playing one the best quarterbacks of all time.”

Brady has had another stellar season in 2011, leading the Patriots to a 10-3 record with more than 4,000 yards passing and 33 touchdowns. He’s a player many young quarterbacks, including Tebow, study to refine their own abilities.

“He’s mastered so many things in the quarterback position from audibles, getting their offense in and out of the right plays to footwork and accuracy,” Tebow said. “He is someone that I’ve watched. I’ve probably seen 1,000 cut ups of him. He does a lot of things very well and is very cerebral and understands the game very well.

“For a young quarterback like myself, he’s definitely someone to look up to and try to learn from what he does well and try to implement that to my game.”

Tebow has had his own fair share of success in this his second season. As a starter this year, Tebow is 7-1 and the he’s been an integral part of the Broncos current six-game win streak.

Both Tebow and Brady are quarterbacking division-leaders heading into this weekend’s Week  15 meeting at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Tebow admitted he’s excited about the hyped matchup but said the Broncos are keeping it in perspective and focusing on playing a complete game, regardless of who the opponent may be.

“Ultimately, it’s just one game. That’s how we look at it. It’s a big game for us because it’s our next game, and that’s why we’re extremely focused on it,” Tebow said. “We have to go out there and put forth a great effort to compete with them.”

Earning respect, building chemistry

When he took over as a starter, Tebow knew he would have to earn his teammates respect with his play on the field and his hard work off of it.

The Broncos have utilized total team efforts during their streak of wins, but teammates have credited Tebow throughout, making it clear they respect him and his ability to lead the offense.

“It means a lot,” Tebow said. “I think that’s ultimately what you want, just respect from your teammates.”

An additional point of pride for Tebow has been the team’s tight-knit locker room. Kicker Matt Prater said in an NFL Network interviewearlier this week that it feels a bit like high school football, with the chemistry the  Broncos have developed and Tebow has enjoyed that camaraderie.

“The biggest thing that I’ve sat back and said wow to is just how close our team has gotten. That has been the coolest part,” Tebow said. “It may not be going well, but you’ll have [DE] Elvis [Dumervil] and [CB] Champ [Bailey] and [S Brian Dawkins] Dawk come and say, ‘Don’t worry about it. We got you.’ That just means the most.”

Loose under pressure

Tebow’s ability to stay calm under pressure is a trait he’s shown on numerous occasions in the fourth quarter throughout Denver’s season.

He was asked how he handles that pressure and consistently finds a way to deliver.

"Just being with your teammates and realizing that at the end of those games you’ve dreamed of doing this since you were a little boy,” Tebow said. “Let’s not try to get all stressed out with it. Let’s just go play and have fun and see what we can do.”

“If you would have told me I would have had that opportunity to try to come back versus the Chicago Bears when I was a little boy, that’s a dream come true. I’m going to go out there and have fun with it, put forth my best effort and try to be the same guy no matter what.”