NFL Week 15: Tim Tebow to Get First Career Start for Denver Broncos

Benny LeoContributor IDecember 18, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 12:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos practices prior to the NFL season opener game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on September 12, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Tim Tebow, backup QB of the Denver Broncos, will get his first career start on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.  Tebow will be replacing Kyle Orton, who is suffering from bruised ribs.

Tebow was drafted by the Broncos in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft, the 25th overall pick.  In six appearances this season, the young scrambler has rushed 12 times for 28 yards and three TDs, and has one pass for three yards and a touchdown.

The Broncos have been 5-18 over their last 23 games, all started by Orton.  When Tebow gets his first start of the year, he will become the seventh rookie quarterback to start a game, along with Colt McCoy, Jimmy Clausen, overall No. 1 pick Sam Bradford, John Skelton, Rusty Small and Max Hall.

In college, playing for the Florida Gators, Tebow scored 88 passing touchdowns and 57 rushing touchdowns.  He won the Heisman Trophy in 2007.