ENGLEWOOD, COLO. (AP) - No insubordination. No contract consternation. No split locker room.
No more bad karma _ just a bit of bad luck.
The Denver Broncos kicked off training camp without the negativity that enveloped them a year ago, when their two first-round draft picks were holdouts and the man wearing No. 15 was recalcitrant receiver Brandon Marshall.
With Marshall in Miami, rookie quarterback Tim Tebow is donning that number now, and his presence was a big reason the Broncos drew 3,103 fans to the start of training camp, a record for the first day at Dove Valley.
That might have been the only two times many in the crowd took their eyes off Tebow, the two-time national champion from Florida and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner.
“Guy was a great player in college,” Champ Bailey said. “He’s going to do some great things for us.”
Fans serenaded Tebow with cheers when he walked onto the field and when he stretched, then chanted his name when he walked off after winning every single one of the post-practice sideline sprints.
“I thought it was Bannan,” cracked defensive lineman Justin Bannan. “Isn’t that what they’re out here for? No, obviously, it’s Tebow. Everyone’s out here to see him and it looks like he’s doing all right.”
“Obviously, he’s a special case and he had an unbelievable collegiate career. He’s the only guy to have a career like that, so it kind of demands that kind of attention,” Bannan said.
Tebow is certainly accustomed to this adoration.
“We had some pretty passionate fans at Florida, too,” he said.
Tebowmania is everywhere, from the jerseys in the crowd to the hand-painted signs kids held up.
Even wide receiver Brandon Stokley’s house is abuzz over Tebow.