Tim Tebow thought he was going to 'win a bunch of Super Bowls' with the Patriots
The former NFL quarterback was destroyed by Bill Belichick cutting him
Current Mets minor league player Tim Tebow has little interest remaining when it comes to the NFL, right up until he decides to release a new book and then take time doing interviews talking about his time with the Patriots.
That's precisely what he did recently on "Fox and Friends"where Tebow said he believed he would "win a bunch of Super Bowls" with Bill Belichick and the Pats after Tom Brady retired.
"It's difficult because it also cuts into your pride, it cuts into your goals, it cuts into your dreams, and when all of that feels like it's shaken, how do you react? How do you handle it?" Tebow said. "And, for me, I felt like, 'Hey, going to the Patriots was gonna be a dream come true.' Play under Tom Brady, and then when he retires, we'll go play for Belichick and win a bunch of Super Bowls, and that was my goal. That's what I thought was gonna happen, and then you get cut and it's like, 'Hey, what do I do next?'"
What's next would be a trip to the Eagles, where Tebow temporarily had an opportunity to play for Chip Kelly before being cut. After that he headed to ESPN, where he serves as an SEC analyst while moonlighting as a would-be professional baseball player.
Thanks to his current vocations, he's got plenty of money, but at one point he was worried about having "no house" and " no car" after being cut by the Pats.
"I remember flying to Jacksonville and sitting on the edge of the bed thinking, 'OK, I have no house, no car, no one wants me to do what I want to do, what do I do next?' And at moments like that, that's when you really find out what your identity is all about and what defines you," Tebow said. "That's really hard, especially when you feel like you've worked so hard to get to a point and then this was it, this was going to be the opportunity, this was going to be the dream come true, and it gets shattered right in front of you. That is very difficult."
Maybe part of the financial issue was Tebow not getting a million-dollar endorsement because of, he claims, advice from Belichick.
Tebow says he was approached about a large endorsement opportunity but checked with Belichick before taking it.
"I didn't want to be a distraction on the team. I wanted to be another guy in the locker room. Someone that could work, someone that could be a backup to Tom. I don't want to be a distraction, having stuff all over the headlines," Tebow said. "So that's why I called Coach Belichick to say 'Hey, what do you think about this? This is a great opportunity that I would say yes to. But I want to do what's right for the team first.' He appreciated me calling but said, 'Hey, listen, I would prefer if you didn't do it.' So of course I didn't because I put the team first.
"But that's not something I look back and regret at all. It was me trying to honor the team and if I could do it again I would do the same thing."
It's not a stretch to think the "opportunity" would have been controversial, though Tebow didn't expound on the deal in question. But if Belichick didn't want him doing it despite the hefty payday, and if Tebow felt compelled to check, it's reasonable to think it would have generated unwanted press.
While Tebow passed up a million bucks, he's likely to make up some part, if not all of the difference, or more, re-telling in the story in a highly publicized book.
So he's got that going for him.
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