PFWA: Tim Tebow wins 2012 Good Guy award

Tim Tebow got off to a slow start at Senior Bowl workouts a couple of years ago. (Dave Martin, Associated Press)

Tim Tebow got off to a slow start at Senior Bowl workouts a couple of years ago. (Dave Martin, Associated Press)

Quarterback Tim Tebow, who led the Denver Broncos during a magical 2011 season that saw him face intense local and national media scrutiny, has been selected as the 2012 Good Guy Award winner by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA).

Tebow, the eighth Good Guy Award winner, is the fifth consecutive quarterback and first member of the Broncos to receive the honor from the PFWA.

The Good Guy Award is given to a NFL player for his qualities and professional style in helping pro football writers do their jobs. The award was first given by the PFWA in 2005.

Tebow, now a member of the New York Jets after a March trade, was cited by numerous national writers for how he handled the attention that came with his play on the field during the 2011 season for Denver. After a 1-4 start, the Broncos made Tebow the starting QB, and Denver won seven of the final 11 regular-season games – five by thrilling fourth-quarter comebacks – to capture the AFC West title. He threw for 1,729 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for 660 yards and six TDs during the regular season.

In the AFC Wild Card Game, his pass to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas on the first play from scrimmage in overtime resulted in an 80-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown and a 29-23 victory over the Steelers.

“I think Tim handled himself well all season long with the kind of attention few players are asked to contend with at any point in their careers,” said PFWA Second Vice-President Jeff Legwold, who covered Tebow for the Denver Post. “Tim not only dealt with the traditional media obligations both locally and nationally, but he was also the focus of many non-traditional media outlets, both from in Denver and across the country. And while he didn’t always let folks peer into his innermost thoughts, he did always conduct himself professionally, with a great deal of respect for both the process and the people who take part in it.”

ABOUT THE PFWA: The Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA) is the official voice of pro football writers, promoting and fighting for access to NFL personnel to best serve the public. The PFWA is made up of accredited writers who cover the NFL and the 32 teams on a daily basis. The Buffalo News’ Mark Gaughan, who covers the Buffalo Bills, is the organization’s president for 2011-13. The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter, who covers the Atlanta Falcons, is the first vice president for 2011-13. The Denver Post’s Jeff Legwold, who covers the Denver Broncos, is the second vice president for 2011-13.

GOOD GUY AWARD WINNERS (To a NFL player for his qualities and professional style in helping the pro football writers do their job): 2005 – Jerome Bettis (Pittsburgh Steelers); 2006 – Tiki Barber (New York Giants); 2007 – LaDainian Tomlinson (San Diego Chargers); 2008 – Brett Favre (Green Bay Packers); 2009 – Kurt Warner (Arizona Cardinals); 2010 – Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints); 2011 – Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers); 2012 – Tim Tebow (Denver Broncos).

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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CW

June 20th, 2012
8:39 am

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Patrick Romano WAR DAMN EAGLE

June 20th, 2012
9:00 am

Great guy, saw him at 12 Stone Church in Lawrenceville with John C. Maxwell!

Would much rather have kids be mentored by this young gun and passion filled human being than a thug hip hop punk…

Great stuff, Only SEC team he didn’t beat was AU Tigers, only played them twice but Gators lost both-but a quality guy.

Phillip Rogers

June 20th, 2012
9:21 am

You won’t see me commend very many former University of Florida athletes, but I stand and applaud this man. Like Patrick stated above, if more kids would be positively influenced by men like Tebow, this world would be a much better place.

Trizzle

June 20th, 2012
9:24 am

I like the guy. I think he’s a strong person that stands behind his beliefs 100%. A lot of people don’t like him, they say his game is weak. Numbers do not lie, and if he was so weak, then why would anyone hire him? He will become one of the greats….with time you will see! Go Tebow and GO GATORS!

DU WHUT!?

June 20th, 2012
9:28 am

Dang it… and I beat my wife, buried a made man, collected protection money and sold cigarettes all day to teenagers… what else can you do to win a good guy award!… wait… that’s a good-fella award…my bad America …move on!

Catch22

June 20th, 2012
9:37 am

So much ado about a BACKUP QB.

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Freida

June 20th, 2012
9:42 am

I was blessed to hear Tebow speak in San Diego Sunday on Father’s day. Awesome young man with a great testimony. He is a great football player, but the best is yet to come on and off the field. Go Gators!

Curious George

June 20th, 2012
9:53 am

How did the Eagles starting QB finish in that Good Guy Award voting?

Ciera

June 20th, 2012
10:27 am

Tim Tebow is a wonderful young man…he is so respectful and considerate. His parents raised him very well! It must have been very difficult for him to be traded so abruptly by a team that he thought wanted him. I’m sure he knows that God has his back…and even though he didn’t see it coming, God knew all along what would happen. He’s so BLESSED…no matter where he is and no matter what team he plays for. I wish him nothing but the best…all of his hard work, effort, and determintion will most certainly pay off. He WILL win a Superbowl championship someday….

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sara wolfe

June 20th, 2012
11:06 am

How good and nice to have a male of purpose,subsstance to keep coming to the forefront! I honestly cringe when I see a bold topic that is written about one of our many jaded athletes,tv personalities and the movie circuit! One can not have cheery thoughts when bombarded with everything dirty in life! May Tim keep his life clean so that it will continue to inspire and be uplifting!

Jerry

June 20th, 2012
11:08 am

Not making the Good Guy Award–
Chris Robinson, Chris Anderson, Donte Stallworth, Plaxico Buris, Rae Carruth, Portland Jailblazers, Allen Iverson, Cliff Robinson, Dennis Rodman, Ron Artest, Cliff Robinson, bla, bla, bla

Gayle Burris

June 20th, 2012
11:23 am

I think the young man is very creepy.

Parker

June 20th, 2012
11:38 am

I think Tim is a awesome role model to kids in this age.my school had to do an American report on someone we admire I picked Tim because he can live in the world and still love JesusChirst……..Go get Jets

Mike Vick

June 20th, 2012
11:59 am

I shoulda won that award..

Mick Vick

June 20th, 2012
12:01 pm

I think cousin Mike should have won the award.

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TigerMom

June 20th, 2012
3:26 pm

Tebow is an excellent choice. Good Guy Award is very derserving. I have been able to see him play at UF, Auburn, Denver & Miami. Always exciting! Not sure I can be a JETS fan but wish him nothing but success. WDE!!!

Beth

June 20th, 2012
3:29 pm

Yes, Tim is a fine young man and very deserving of this honor.

Sarah Johnson

June 20th, 2012
4:35 pm

We all won with Tebow! An example for all people. Support your passion!! Broncos needed his help last year. Now we will see what Peyton can do.

Richard

June 20th, 2012
4:37 pm

Tim Tebow walks his talk, end of story…for all you youngsters out there, this is how men of substance show their worth…they don’t tell you, they show you ethics & goodwill in motion – Why anyone would want to put down this young, role model of a man is beyond me!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 20th, 2012
4:49 pm

Curious George — I will have to get back to you with those results.

tired pat

June 21st, 2012
12:42 am

Tebow is the real thing and in this day and age,it is amazing.I wish him the best and that his abilities are used and fostered for the good of football and his new team..May the Jets be a better team for his example.

Patsy Spratt

June 21st, 2012
12:55 am

Tim Tebow is the godly example we have needed. God Bless You Tim! You deserve the Good Guy Award. May God protect you and your bold testimony. Keep your eyes on Jesus and He will carry you through anything. We are proud of you!! Praying for you!!!!

Ray C

June 21st, 2012
1:15 am

Denver –my team–did not do right by Tebow. They could have kept him another year. He deserved it, he earned it. He never had a chance to practice in any camps with the Broncos, yet helped his team to a decent year and a one play overtime win over the Steelers in the playoffs, after sitting the bench for five games. He played under intense scrutiny and constant media attention he did not seek. I hope he has a chance to bite the Broncos in the butt in the near future. He could have helped the Broncs the same way the Jets plan to use him– a ball carrier and red zone player, and he would have learned a lot from Peyton, and played QB if Peyton got hurt. Just a damn shame Tim got the shaft from the Broncos. I’ve lost a lot of respect for Elway in his handling of Tebow from the start. Also think Peyton should have retired. What’s the point in playing with the bad possibilities hanging over his (Peyton’s) head? What price glory? What more does Peyton need or want? I feel we may be sorry to have let a player and man like Tebow mosey on over to New York.

Susan

June 21st, 2012
3:17 pm

I agree with Ray…..Denver….my team did not do right by Tebow. I too hope he comes to Denver and beats the Broncos……maybe in an AFC playoff game….I have lost so much respect for John Elway and how he handled this…but good for Tebow he makes the best of things wherever he goes…yes….I’m still a Bronco fan but it will take some time to get over this…..in the meantime go Tim!

Vivian

June 22nd, 2012
9:38 pm

I, too feel my team let Tebow and the fans down. I also hope he has a chance to bite the Broncos. I am still a Bronco fan, but it will take some time to get over this one. I, too have lost a lot of respect for John Elway. And anyone that knows me, knows how it hurts to make that last statement. He was my hero. Apparently he doesn’t remember how he stunk up the field his first 2 seasons and no one traded him immediately to another team. I congratulate Tim Tebow on winning the Good Guy Award and wish him nothing but the best. I may be a Broncos, but I will never be a fan of Peyton Manning.

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