In his new book entitled Shaken, Tim Tebow recounts his brief stint with the New England Patriots, which certainly brought forward some interesting stories. One of the biggest that has caught fire since the former quarterback made a guest appearance on “Fox and Friends” on Monday was Tebow’s willingness to turn down $1 million at the request of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
Here’s the specific passage in his book:
I remembered when I had signed with the team in June. Then I’d had an offer on the table to make a one-day appearance endorsing a product for a million-dollar paycheck. I’m sure you’d agree that a million bucks is a lot to make in just twenty-four hours. But I wasn’t quick to say yes.
When I came on the team, Coach and I had a long and deep talk. “I want to make you one of the guys,” he told me. “This is not going to be a media circus. I’ll control it if you do your part. You’re part of a team, Timmy. We’re in this together.”
So when the offer for the one-day commercial turned up, I was sure to discuss the opportunity with him. “I want to know what you think, Coach,” I said. “I respect you and I want to fit in. I want to be one of the guys. Should I do it?”
He thought for a moment and then shook his head. “Timmy, I would really appreciate it if you didn’t.”
Belichick cut Tebow two months later.
Tebow has since turned his attention from the football field to the baseball diamond. He’s currently in the New York Mets organization playing minor league baseball. He recently competed in the Arizona Fall League.
And for those concerned, Tebow is doing just fine financially. His rookie contract in Denver, included $8.7 million guaranteed, and that doesn’t count the endorsements he’s received, his MiLB bonus check or what he’s making from ESPN.