03/23/2012 AT 5:55 AM ET
New Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is already earning a warm welcome in Colorado: the NFL star got a round of applause from fans at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House in Denver.
A day before the Broncos’ breakout star Tim Tebow signed with the New York Jets, the team’s new QB, 35, tucked into a prime rib eye with a friend as star-struck fans looked on.
“He shook a lot of hands as he came in,” an onlooker tells PEOPLE. “He was really taken aback by the warm greeting.”