Tim Tebow had another reason to get down on one knee and give thanks after The Broncos’ wild playoff win over the Steelers on Sunday.
His winning touchdown pass in overtime reportedly triggered a $250,000 bonus. According to ESPN, Tebow’s contract stipulates he receives that amount for each playoff victory, provided he has participated in at least 70 percent of the Broncos’ plays that season.
Tebow took over at quarterback from Kyle Orton in time to take part in 73 percent of the Broncos plays this season.
In addition to the big bonus, Tebow made Twitter history. His 80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas generated 9,420 tweets per second. Twitter announced that shattered the record for a sporting event of 7,196 tweets per second during the final minutes of the U.S. Women’s World Cup loss to Japan last summer.
Tebow’s TD also out-twittered many notable events outside of sports: the Japanese earthquake and tsunami (5,530 tweets per second), the royal wedding (3,996), the U.S. raid on Osama bin Laden (5,106), the announcement of Beyonce's pregnancy (8,868) and the death of Steve Jobs (6,049).
It more than doubled Twitter chatter about last year's Super Bowl (4,064). It also topped the Dallas Mavericks’ victory over the Heat in the NBA Finals (5,531), the UEFA Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester United (6,303) and Major League Baseball’s 2011 home run derby (4,995).