Tim Tebow will face off against Tom Brady Saturday in what will likely be the most-watched NFL contest in playoff history. The Denver Broncos will play the New England Patriots in a move toward the Super Bowl. The battle of America's two most popular quarterbacks will surely be a night to remember. But, does the nation want a Bronco or a Patriot?
The two quarterbacks are starkly different individuals. Tebow, at just 24 years old, has turned his rookie year into a miraculous spectacle, helping the Denver Broncos clutch some near-impossible wins. Brady, 34, is a seasoned veteran known for his powerhouse plays and his celebrity lifestyle.
Given Brady's success and Tebow's attraction right now, coming from a lot of different angles, I would not be surprised if this becomes the highest-ever rated playoff game, Henry Schafer, a celebrity pollster at Marketing Evaluations, told the Boston Herald.
Despite his novice status in the NFL, Tebow has become a household name. In a Dec. 2011 ESPN poll, Tebow was crowned America's Favorite Pro-Athlete. Tebow was chosen by 3 percent of Americans surveyed as their favorite active pro athlete. He beat out Kobe Bryant (2 percent), Aaron Rodgers (1.9 percent), Peyton Manning (1.8 percent) and Tom Brady (1.5 percent) to join the ranks of other favorites including Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and LeBron James.
The Broncos star also took the trophy in other polls, such as Most Desireable Celebrity Neighbor. A poll in September ranked his influence as a celebrity only slightly lower than Lady Gaga's, according to The Daily Mail.
Yet, Tebow does not possess the on-field talent Brady possesses. His regular season pass completion rate was just 46.5 percent compared to the Patriots' quarterback's 65.6 percent.
While both are raking in the dough, Brady's experience places him in a much higher bracket. Tebow has an $11.5 million contract with up to $33 million total compensation over five years. Brady has a four-year, $72 million contract, which began in 2010, making him the highest-paid player in the NFL.
The Boston boy just built a $20 million mansion in California where he will live with his supermodel wife, Gisele Bundchen, and their son, Benjamin. Tebow's love life is far more private. He has never been photographed with a significant other, other than some old college pictures that surfaced, and he keeps his personal life tightly under wraps. Tebow, who is a devout Evangelical Christian, has said that he is a virgin and is waiting until marriage.
How do the two stack up? You decide.