It appeared that Tebow was going to be “THE Guy” in Denver coming into camp. Rumors circulated about trades involving Kyle Orton and it was assumed that “The Tebow Era” was set to begin.

Instead, Orton came to Broncos camp and outplayed Tebow to run back to the top spot. Faced with the prospect of backing up Orton to start the 2011 season, Tebow vented to Woody Paige of The Denver Post .

“My dream, since I was a young boy, of being a starting quarterback in the NFL seemed to be coming true,” Tebow told me as we stood outside the Broncos’ locker room.

“Then, I felt like it was grabbed back away. . . .”

The ball’s now in Tebow’s court. Take your reps … and work. And work. And work.

That’s always been the thing for Tebow, right? He’s faced detractors his entire career and performed at an exceptional level. “System Quarterback” and “Bad mechanics” were the two things that we’ve heard since the first march to the SEC Championship. Merril Hoge’s words from earlier this week got everyone talking, including LeBron James.

He’s delivered and won, and it’s a story that everyone knows. You can ask most non-football fans about Tebow and they’ll know of him.

The Broncos surprised everyone by drafting Tebow in the first round in 2010. He played down the stretch and had a big game against Houston (who didn’t?), getting the bandwagon fired up. That wasn’t a move for the future. That was the move of a coach on his way out of town giving the fans and pundits what they wanted.

Unfortunately, the endless trade talk chatter that consumes us grabbed the second-year quarterback as well.

Tim Tebow Vents to Woody Paige