Tim Tebow praises Tom Brady

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Young Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow will be matched up against Hall of Fame-bound New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady Saturday night at Gillette Stadium in a playoff game.

And Tebow left little doubt Tuesday that, while he clearly will be trying to lead Denver past New England and into the AFC title game, he clearly is an unabashed fan of Brady.

"It's exciting, moving on to the next round of the playoffs against one of the best quarterbacks of all time and one of the best coaches (Bill Belichick) of all time," said Tebow, who sparked the Broncos to a stunning 29-23 overtime upset of the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday in the first round of the playoffs.

What makes Brady so special in his view?

"Number one, he's one of the best when it comes to championships. He's won three championships and played great in them and he played great in a fourth one (a last-second loss to the Giants). Ultimately, as a quarterback, that's what you want to accomplish," said Tebow, who helped the Florida Gators win two NCAA titles.

"It's how he handles himself. The emotion he plays with. The calmness he plays with. His accuracy, his leadership. As a young quarterback he's someone I can learn from. He's one of the best in the business. He'll go down as one of the (all-time) best. My hat is off to him. He's a great QB and has been his whole career," said the second-year pro.

Steven Krasner is a regular contributor to ESPNBoston.com.