I started following the Baltimore Colts because of Johnny Unitas, the Redskins because of Theismann, the Broncos because of Elway, and NC State because of Rivers (notice, I didn't add the Chargers with Rivers...and that's because I know where my loyalty is in the AFC West...with the Denver Broncos). But, what's the common denominator? Well, for me, it was because of the exceptional quarterbacks those teams had.
And so, I do think that it is entirely possible, unlike what some think, that a fan can, indeed, both root for their team AND ALSO root for their favorite player on that team. It is just plain silly and ridiculous, if not outright sophomoric, to contend otherwise.
Some players, I've been tending to call them "phenoms" of late, naturally bring a higher level of excitement to their teams. Again, that's what Unitas, Theismann, Elway, and Rivers (again, at NC State, not San Diego) brought to their respective teams, and that's what Tim Tebow now brings to the Denver Broncos.
These guys, just by their infectious magnetism, and their ability to impose on their team the practical will to win games, actually inspired their teammates to raise their own level of play, and that made/makes the entire team better and more competitive. If anyone here hasn't seen Tebow's teammates, on all sides of the football, surround the kid when he scores the Broncos a touchdown, then I don't know what you're looking at.
If you don't understand what the fuss is all about with Tebow, don't worry about it, and don't sit there and try to puzzle it out like Ray Lewis did when Tebow first entered the league. Some things are just beyond explanation, and if folks don't know it by now, Tebow is simply a phenom. A once in a lifetime, one of a kind quarterback.
Look, we should be glad that the Denver Broncos have actually brought some innovation (reminiscent of the fairly recent Wildcat) to the NFL because of Tim Tebow's unique skill-sets. Some question if it's sustainable, but I think this is actually a blessing in disguise. Until opponents figure the option read out, and Rex Ryan wrote an entire chapter on defending against it (for all the good that it did him last Thursday night), the time in between can be used by Tebow and the Broncos coaches to develop his passing game. [We almost all agree that it needs further developing.]
In the meanwhile, enjoy the Broncos ride with Tebow as long as possible. His future is uncertain here, even though more than just a few have already seen the glimmers, the passion, the thrill, the enthusiasm, the drive, and the team spirit on the field. His destiny is not his own. And if he's not to be here, then we can all deal with that then, but Tebow has already made a positive difference in Denver where it counts maybe the most...in the Win-Loss column...with at least some chance of a play-off possibility...this year, of all things.