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Cunningham to NFL Draft hopefuls: ‘Pray for favor’

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By Tonya Andris
Inside The Pew

Back in 1985, Randall Cunningham was a quarterback from theRandall Cunningham University of Nevada at Las Vegas with hopes of becoming a professional football player in the NFL.

It didn’t immediately happen.

During the NFL Draft, he had to wait until the second round for his dream to come to pass, when the Philadelphia Eagles took Cunningham with the 37th pick, the first quarterback selected in the second round.

Cunningham said he got impatient when he wasn’t chosen in the first round. He said he went to the store. He said when he got home, Cunningham recalled he had a message from the Philadelphia Eagles that the team had chosen him.

His first year, he was back-up to the aging veteran, Ron Jaworski. During rookie season, the Santa Barbara, Calif., native completed 34 percent of his passes, with one touchdown and eight interceptions.

With the 2013 NFL Draft set to start April 25, Cunningham said it is essential for NFL hopefuls to keep the faith and to be patient.

“At this point, there is nothing else they can do but pray and ask that God give them favor with these teams,” he told Inside The Pew during an interview about his new book, “Lay It Down.” “Being drafted is only the beginning.”

Unlike last year’s draft where Robert Griffith III and Andrew Luck were the known to be the top two draft picks, there is speculation about this year’s top picks at quarterback. According to The Sporting News, quarterback Geno Smith (West Virginia) could go first and while The Orlando Sentinel suggests quarterback EJ Manuel (Florida State) could go high in the second round.

Three-day coverage of the 2013 NFL Draft, held in New York City, will be broadcast live on ESPN and the NFL Network beginning at 7 p.m. CST.

Peyton Manning in at Denver, Tim Tebow likely to be traded

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By Mark Ellis
ASSIST News Service

The Denver Broncos quarterback who stole the hearts of believers around the country with his bold witness for Christ on and off the field, will be traded by the Broncos after they finalize contract negotiations for quarterback Peyton Manning.

The legendary Indianapolis Colts QB delivered the news to Broncos vice president of operations John Elway on March 19,

Peyton Manning, left, and Tim Tebow in 2010.

according to ESPN. Manning also called the San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans to inform them of his intent to play for Denver, they reported.

Manning will be the next quarterback of the Broncos, unless there are unforeseen problems in final contract negotiations. Once the Manning deal becomes official, Denver will initiate efforts to trade Tebow, ESPN noted.

Denver’s team was 1–4 before Tebow became the starter, but immediately began winning with him on the field, often by coming from behind late in the fourth quarter in spectacular –even “miraculous” ways, until they won the AFC West title.

Tebow, the son of missionaries in the Philippines, has evoked strong emotions from critics and fans — ranging from adulation to disdain – but it never fazed him. Some criticize his throwing motion, some his reliance on an unorthodox option offense. Some believe the attacks may have been a thinly veiled response to his bold proclamations of faith.

Off the field, Tebow’s foundation is partnering with CURE International to build a 30-bed surgical facility for children focusing primarily on orthopedics on the island of Mindanao, where his parents are based.

No glitches are expected in the final contract details between Manning and the Broncos.  Elway and Manning first discussed the parameters of a five-year, $95 million contract during their March 9 meeting in Denver, the first time the quarterback visited a team during his free agency, ESPN reported.

ESPN NFL analyst Mark Schlereth maintains the Broncos were never sold on Tebow. Many seem to think Manning will be a better fit – “a kindred spirit” – with Elway and the Broncos.

Some Broncos players celebrated the news on Twitter; other analysts thought Manning should have picked the 49ers instead.

Tebow led the Denver Broncos to an 8-8 finish, an AFC West title and a first-round playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.