In a press conference in Denver yesterday about Peyton Manning’s new gig as the quarterback for the Denver Broncos, former Denver QB John Elway (now the team’s executive VP of football operations) gave NFL good guy Tim Tebow, whom Manning is replacing on the field, the highest possible compliment.

[Elway's] return to the front office last year set off a whirlwind of activity that landed the Broncos in the playoffs. But Elway has always been in this to win Super Bowls and he’s throwing his hat in with Manning, the 50,000-yard passer who redefined the quarterback position through the 2000s, not Tebow — who seems most comfortable carrying and not throwing the ball.

Tim Tebow’s a great kid. If I want someone to marry my daughter, it’s him,” Elway said. “Tim is a great football player, but with the opportunity that presented itself here, we had to take advantage of that.”

As a dad of a 4-year-old little girl and a huge fan of football, I’d venture to say that there’s nothing Tebow can do for the rest of his career in the NFL that could possibly result in his being respected more than to be told that “you’re the kind of guy I want my daughter to marry.”

I have a file of “be like this guy” stories in my office. Tebow’s folder is the biggest.

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