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Tim Tebow’s Miracle Comeback in Miami Birthed ‘Tebowing’
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Tim Tebow isn’t lucky, he’s good. You don’t win a Heisman Trophy, a national championship and marry a former Miss Universe winner by chance. The ex-Florida Gators quarterback once rallied his college football fan base with passionate speeches, jump passes and clutch touchdowns under Urban Meyer. Now, he’s bringing people out in droves to minor league games in the New York Mets organization.

No. 15 became a sensation that religious fans — Christians and non-Christians — have called a hero. Whether you agree with the practice of writing a bible verse on his face during the 2009 BCS National Championship game or his controversial pro-life Super Bowl commercial, you can’t deny Tebow is a special athlete.

Special athletes do special things, and Tebow’s 2011 NFL season with the Denver Broncos was just that.

Tim Tebow’s Miracle Comeback Win Against Dolphins

The Broncos began the 2011 season a dismal 1-4 under quarterback Kyle Orton. Their season was heading for mediocrity and needed saving. So following the team’s bye in Week 6, head coach John Fox called up on the savior himself and named Tebow the starting quarterback.

This wasn’t the first time Tebow, a first-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, was named the starter. He started the team’s last three games of the 2010 season but didn’t show enough promise to outright earn the job in 2011.

In Tebow’s first start that season against the Matt Moore-led Miami Dolphins in Miami at Sun Life Stadium, he wowed the NFL and launched Tebowmania.

Four completed passes through the first three quarters didn’t inspire hope, and Tebow found his team down 15-0 with five minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

Then, pure Tebow magic ensued. The left-handed passer marched 80 yards downfield in two and a half minutes, a drive capped by a Demaryius Thomas touchdown. The Broncos recovered a Matt Prater onside kick and the stage was set. It was Tebow time.

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On cue, the Broncos quarterback once again led his team to the end zone and scored on a Daniel Fells touchdown pass. He then kept the ball himself and scored the two-point conversion to tie the game at 15-15 with just second to go. Prater drilled a 52-yard field goal in overtime for the game-winner.

Tebow’s Dolphins Win Gives Birth ‘Tebowing’

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Remember Tebowing? Yeah, this was the game that started it.

Tebow knelt down and prayed following the win. The sight began a worldwide phenomenon after Broncos fan Jared Kleinstein started it in New York City.

“He briskly left the bar, setup a photo on the street and took a picture with five of his friends in the now-infamous pose,” Bleacher Report reported. “And thus, the term, the pose, the phenomenon, ‘Tebowing’ was born. A blog and a few thousand hits later, Jared Kleinstein helped ignite the country’s obsession with Tebowing by turning a person into a verb.”

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Tebow became a fourth quarter hero that season. He orchestrated comeback wins against the New York Jets, San Diego Chargers, Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears, ultimately leading the Broncos to the playoffs.

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That led to Tebow’s signature moment in the NFL, the overtime 80-yard touchdown pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2011 AFC Wild Card game. The Broncos’ storybook season was cut short against the New England Patriots, however.

Still, Tebow’s 2011 season was unforgettable.

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Patrick has spent parts of the last four years covering University of Florida athletics and spent two seasons with Major League Baseball. He's a baseball junkie who spends his days defending Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins. A recent Gator grad, Patrick currently resides in Gainesville, Florida.
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