When the NFL released its rosters tonight for the Jan. 29 Pro Bowl, a number of snubs instantly came to mind, among them stars Matthew Stafford, Victor Cruz and Jordy Nelson. But for many, one name rose above them all: Tim Tebow.
Now, it turns out, the Broncos’ sophomore sensation still has a shot at the big game after all. A source has told the Denver Post that Tebow is a second alternate to make the AFC roster.
Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers will headline the AFC roster as the three quarterbacks, and Bengals rookie Andy Dalton beat Tebow out for the first alternate spot, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. But Tebow will be waiting in the wings if multiple signal-callers are unable to go.
Champ Bailey, Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil will be the Broncos’ three guaranteed AFC reps in the Honolulu exhibition. Willis McGahee, Ryan Clady and Brian Dawkins were named to the first slate of alternates; Tebow, Britton Colquitt and Matt Prater were all relegated to the second group.
Tebow has a quarterback rating of 75.9 this season; he’s passed for 1,669 yards and 12 touchdowns. He won seven of his first eight starts this year before losing his last two. Tebow and the 8-7 Broncos will fight for their postseason lives on Sunday afternoon against the Kansas City Chiefs.