Fox Sports reports the reason he turned down the opportunity was because of a conversation with New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
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."
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.
In a recent interview with Fox News Tebow said he does not regret the decision.
Today, Tim Tebow is signed to play professional baseball with the New York Mets and is a college football analyst for the SEC Network. CBN News recently spoke with Tebow about his transition to baseball from football.
"Playing baseball for me was something I almost did out of high school, and I decided to go to the University of Florida, and it's been something that's been on my heart throughout the last couple of years," Tebow explained. "I really felt like why not go pursue it if it's something that I'm passionate about and it's on my heart? You know, go after it."