The media has been praising Denver Broncos second year quarterback Tim Tebow as a great leader for getting together with some teammates to workout, somewhat rightly so. What's not right however is the assumption that Tebow is the only quarterback in Denver that is working hard to win the starting job.
Incumbent starter Kyle Orton is going to be playing golf this weekend, and he doesn't have nearly 160,000 followers on twitter that all saw him tweet other players inquiring about working out together. That however does not take away from his leadership abilities or his work ethic.
Tebow is also going to be playing golf this weekend and Orton actually worked out with center J.D. Walton, guard Zane Beadles and wide receiver Eric Decker today, according to Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post. Make no mistake, Kyle Orton has also been working hard this offseason, not just Tebow.
Among his teammates, Orton is considered a hard working, knowledgeable player and a leader. Now, he doesn't get all rah-rah like Tebow, but that is not necessarily a quality a quarterback has to have (just look at Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts). It certainly doesn't hurt however (see Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints), and it gets fans excited.
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We're not trying to take away from Tebow, his hard work this offseason is to be commended, but he's not the only one that truly wants the starting job. In the end, all that matters is wins. If Tebow outperforms Orton in Training Camp (if there is one) then he'll start in Week One on Monday Night Football against the Oakland Raiders. If the Broncos' brass feels that Orton still gives the team the best chance to win, he'll enter his third consecutive season in Denver as a starter.