A surreal reality in Denver

September, 9, 2012
9/09/12
6:50
PM ET
DENVER – This is weird.

I marked the start of the first Sunday of the NFL season by tuning into the start of the Jets-Bills game. On the first play of the game, Tim Tebow was lined up as a receiver. Then, I arrived at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday afternoon to see Peyton Manning warming up in a Denver Broncos’ uniform.

When I departed this stadium on Jan. 8, there is no way I would have been able to fathom any of the above-mentioned scenes.

Yes, I know I’ve had nearly six months to digest the fact that Manning is a Bronco and the team traded Tebow to the Jets. Now that is all unfolding, though, it is surreal.

The last play that mattered in this stadium was an 80-yard touchdown pass from Tebow to Demaryius Thomas to stun Pittsburgh -- which is here tonight as well to welcome Manning to Denver -- on the first offensive play in overtime in the wild-card round.

It was as loud as I ever heard this stadium. I’m sure the stadium will rock tonight, but for a completely different reason.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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