Whether he knew it or not, Tim Tebow’s football career has been over for years. You can’t take away Tebow’s rightful claim as one of the greatest college football players in history but his skills simply didn’t translate to the NFL. That, or he wasn’t willing to adapt and take on a new role.
Now that Timmy has turned over a new chapter of life as a minor league baseball player he’s found time to release a new book titled Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms. In the new book, Tim Tebow takes shots at New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick, alleging that Bill talked Tebow out of a million dollar pay day only to turn around and stab him in the back just a few days later:
“You went to [Belichick] and you said, ‘Should I do this coach? What do you think?’ You said for any other coach you wouldn’t have asked, you would have just done it and gotten the million dollars. And he said, ‘I’d really appreciate it if you didn’t.’ And then a few weeks later he cuts you from the team. …”
“Well, 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 [Brady], and I didn’t want to be a distraction having stuff all over the headlines. That’s why I called coach Belichick to say, ‘What do you think about this, this is a great opportunity to 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. And 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’d have done the same thing.”
According to the New York Post, Tebow’s been making the rounds and appearing on talk shows to promote his new book in recent days and discussed this alleged stabbing in the back while appearing on Fox News:
“I felt like, hey, going to the Patriots was going to 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. That was my goal. That’s what I thought was going to happen.
Then you get cut and it’s like, ‘What am I going to do next?’ 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?’”
I’m no Tebow fan. I went to FSU and Tebow ruined the latter half of my college years by totally dominating FSU and it’s not something I’ll ever let go. I won’t deny that he’s a once in a lifetime athletic talent, and I’ll also say that I’d have been overjoyed to have him on my team (college or NFL), but this Belichick admission in his book seems like sour grapes.
First and foremost, the NFL is a business. Tebow knows that, anyone who works in or around the NFL knows that, and he’s foolish for thinking that any coach would look out for his best interests and not make a decision that’s best for the team.
Anyways, if you want to check out Tebow’s new book you can follow this link and scoop it up on Amazon for only $15!