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Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 12/14/2011

Tim Tebow has Robert Kraft, Tom Brady on his side; John Elway is coming around

Tom Brady likes Tim Tebow. Robert Kraft likes Tim Tebow. Somebody upstairs appears to like Tim Tebow. (Although we prefer to think of football is a strictly terrestrial, not celestial, pursuit.)

Does anybody not like Tim Tebow — even folks whose team does not play Tebow and the Denver Broncos on Sunday? Let’s do a little scorekeeping.

His coach and his team’s top executive haven’t been effusive. His team hasn’t even committed to him for 2012, but at least John Elway, the Broncos’ vice-president of football operations and a Hall of Fame QB, is speaking more positively these days. “I’m hoping to spend as much time as possible with Tim this offseason and give him what I know and be able to help him with the quarterback position.”

To hear Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard tell it, there may be evidence of divine prejudice. “Tebow came to me [during the game against the Bears on Sunday] and said, 'Don't worry about a thing,' because God has spoken to him,” Woodyard told the Denver Post’s Mark Kiszla. A Colorado pastor earlier this week said the same thing.

Tebow doesn’t throw those kinds of phrases around lightly. “I believe in a big God and special things can happen,” is how he put it Sunday.

Kraft was effusive about the guy, which figures given the Patriots’ big game Sunday in Denver. “He's great for the NFL,” the New England Patriots’ owner told Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston. “The kind of young man he is and the values he represents, I think it's terrific. We just want to bring him down to earth this weekend.”

The hotly-anticipated Tim vs. Tom bowl is at 4 p.m. Sunday in Denver. Might as well set the DVRs now, although be warned that Kraft hopes the Pats “sort of rain on the parade a little bit.”

The Broncos have the chemistry right now, but Kraft’s quarterback has the overall edge.

Still ... “He's a real fine young man and I sort of like it that he's about spirituality and the country is thinking about spirituality.”

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