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Tebow-mania bigger than ever this week

The Baltimore Sun

If you're sick of Tim Tebow stories, this figures to be a rough week for you, my friend.

Is there a single NFL fan on the planet NOT talking about Tebow today? Is there anyone not still buzzing about the Denver Broncos thrilling 29-23 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday, when Tebow hit Broncos wide-out Demaryius Thomas with a quick slant pass good for 80 yards and the winning touchdown in overtime?

Now you'll see that play all week long leading up to the Broncos divisional-round game against the New England Patriots Saturday.

And whether you love the guy or think he's over-hyped and are sick to death of him, you had to love the unvarnished joy he displayed in the moments after Denver's win.

What so many people love about Tebow is his humility, his sunny disposition and his positive attitude, even in the face of the unrelenting criticism he's received this season for not being a proto-type NFL quarterback.

What I love about the guy is that he still plays the game like a kid, with all the enthusiasm and contentment that implies.

And he celebrates like a kid, too. As soon as Thomas rumbled across the goal line with the winning score and Invesco Field at Mile High erupted with noise, Tebow dropped to one knee and said a prayer.

 After that, alternately smiling radiantly and laughing uproariously, he jumped in the stands to celebrate with the fans, then seemed to make it his mission to hug every one of his teammates and coaches and thank them for the win.

Forget the great game he had, passing for 316 yards and two touchdowns and running for another touchdown, this one from 8 yards out.

Those joyful, selfless moments of post-game celebration probably did more to humanize Tim Tebow than anything else he did during this entire storybook season.

I won't forget that incredible scene anytime soon. And I bet a lot of other NFL fans won't, either.

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