Demaryius Thomas: Peyton Manning hype is bigger than Tim Tebow hype was

The only similarity between the 2011 Denver Broncos and this year’s squad is that both are playoff teams. After an 8-8 regular season last year, only the most dedicated of Tim Tebow fans actually believed Denver had a shot at making it to the Super Bowl. This season, the 11-3 Broncos have won nine straight and are heading for a first round bye. Unlike Tebow, Peyton Manning makes them a legitimate championship contender.

Most of us can agree that the Broncos are a more dangerous team with Manning under center, but nothing compares to the hype that is known as Tebowmania, right? According to Demaryius Thomas, Manning has created more buzz.

“It’s not quite the same,” Thomas explained after Sunday’s win over the Baltimore Ravens when asked about last year’s team. “We’ve got Peyton Manning, so of course it’s different. The Peyton-Mania is a little bigger than Tebow’s.”

Tebowmania may have led to Playboy Models doing stuff like this, but Manning is a future Hall of Famer. He’s one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game and has already won a championship. Despite missing all of last season with a neck injury, Manning has thrown for over 4,000 yards and 31 touchdowns this season. He has himself right back in the MVP discussion, where he has been throughout his entire career.

The hype surrounding Tebow has more to do with the “magic” factor. The fact that a player like Tebow was able to lead Denver to the playoffs and even win a playoff game was amazing. With Manning, no one will be amazed if the Broncos mow through the AFC on their way to the Super Bowl. When you look at it that way, it’s not hard to believe Manning has created more buzz than Tebow in certain ways.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/el.charro.one Gary Schneider

    It all boils down to the playoffs. We will see how it ends up. That will tell the tale.

  • http://www.facebook.com/justin.green.923 Justin Green

    If the Broncos beat the Steelers in the playoffs in over time, then I will believe in Manning like I still believe in Tebow.

  • SteveDelVecchio

    What if they beat the Steelers in regulation?

  • http://www.facebook.com/johnt.humphreys.3 John T Humphreys


  • 123Buzzkill

    anybody that would take Tebow over Manning is an idiot and knows nothing about  WINNING football.

  • http://www.facebook.com/johnt.humphreys.3 John T Humphreys

    The Blood of Jesus all over you sir ……….

  • damitajo1

    Hold on – Manning is a veteran star QB – headed for the Hall of Fame. Tebow was basically a rookie — who was 7-4. Give me a break, folks. 

  • damitajo1

    Hold on – Manning is a veteran star QB – headed for the Hall of Fame. Tebow was basically a rookie — who was 7-4. Give me a break, folks.

  • mojo6411

    McGahee’s fumbled near the end of the fourth prevented the Broncos from beating the Steelers in regulation.

  • mojo6411

    No Super Bowl win with Manning equals failure. After maybe three good years with Manning, what next?