Tim Tebow has detailed in his book, Shaken, how Bill Belichick once convinced him to turn down a $1 million endorsement during his time with the Patriots.
Tebow signed a two-year deal with the Patriots in 2013 with the hopes of resurrecting his career under the tutelage of Belichick, but it seems all the former Florida Gator got out of his short stay in Foxborough was some bad advice.
The Patriots cut Tebow after an underwhelming preseason but not before Belichick talked him out of a lucrative endorsement deal.
The 29-year-old describes in Shaken how he was offered around $1 million for a single-day commercial shoot, an offer he would have accepted if he was playing for any other organization, but decided to ask Belichick's opinion on it.
His then head coach told him not to accept it, and Tebow duly followed his advice, but was cut shortly afterwards.
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The excerpt reads:
"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.
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.”
Highly respecting the man, I turned down the deal. I didn’t even think twice about it. I wanted the chance to impress Coach Belichick more than I wanted the money. I’ll say that if I were on any other team, I would have probably said yes to the offer. But the thoughts he offered in our initial conversation mattered to me — even more than a million dollars.
Back to the conference room.
“It’s not the right fit,” Coach Belichick said.
It seems curious to ask a coach's opinion on something completely unrelated to football but this was Bill Belichick and Tebow explained his thinking around the situation in an interview with Fox & Friends on Monday saying:
“I didn’t want to be a distraction on the team. I wanted to be just another guy in the locker room, someone that could work, someone that could be a backup to Tom, and I didn’t want to be a distraction, having stuff all over the headlines, 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, I would prefer if you didn’t do it,’ so of course I didn’t, because it would put the team first. And that’s not something that I look back and regret at all. It was me trying to honor the team, and if I could do it again, I would’ve done the same thing.”