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Denver’s last playoff victory came over Pittsburgh two months ago, when Tebow delivered a stadium-rocking, 80-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas on the first play of overtime.

But things change, and in the NFL, they can change fast. Tebowmania is now a passing fad in Denver.

A couple of photos of Tebow that once adorned the halls at the Broncos‘ headquarters were gone Tuesday by the time Manning was introduced.

Elway and coach John Fox were strategizing in Elway’s office Monday morning, wondering if they should reach out to the prized QB one more time.

Just then the phone rang. It was Manning.

Elway told him he sounded tired and Manning replied that he’d had a tough morning calling teams to say thanks, but no thanks.

Elway’s heart sank, then skipped a beat when Manning said he wanted to join him in Denver. Elway gave the thumbs-up sign to Fox.

“He was doing a little jig over there,” Elway said.

“I almost pulled both hamstrings,” Fox said.

Then, Elway hung up and they high-fived each other and the rest of the coaching and scouting staff and began preparing for life with the next elite quarterback in this QB-crazed town.


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