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Tim Tebow to start for Broncos on Gators reunion day in Miami

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Tim Tebow is officially the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos, Coach John Fox announced Tuesday. Hooray! I bet all those people who ran out and bought the jersey of a backup quarterback more than a year ago are feeling pretty smart right about now.

Tebow said he was “honored to get this opportunity. I’m very excited. … I just know that every day I’m going to come out here and practice every day I can.”

Unfortunately for Tebow, he’s going to have to make his first start of the season -- and fourth of his career -- in front of a hostile road crowd in Miami when the Broncos take on the Dolphins after a bye this week.

Uh, wait a minute. It just so happens that the Dolphins are honoring the 2009 BCS champion University of Florida team that day, an event the team announced back in August. And I’m sure I don’t have to tell you who was the quarterback of that team was (hint -- it wasn’t Kyle Orton).

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Considering Tebow’s enormous popularity in Florida (as well as that of the Gators, combined with the dismal season the Dolphins are having), the Sun Sentinel is predicting that there could be as many fans rooting for the opposing team’s quarterback as there are pulling for the home team Sunday at Sun Life Stadium.

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-- Chuck Schilken


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