In an interview on Fox & Friends on Monday, Tim Tebow opened up about his departure from the New England Patriots in 2013.
Tebow said he had high expectations for his tenure with the Patriots, which added to the disappointment he felt when the team cut him before the start of the regular season. Shutdown Corner's Ben Rohrbach transcribed the interview:
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? 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 [Patriots head coach Bill] 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?"
Tebow also recounted how Belichick steered him away from accepting a $1 million endorsement deal so as to avoid bringing extra attention to the team: "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."
While it's understandable Tebow would feel a sense of regret regarding his brief time in New England, his expectations going in may have been a tad unrealistic.
Brady remains the Patriots' starting quarterback, and he's provided no indication as to when he plans on retiring. It was bold of the former Heisman Trophy winner to plan on being Brady's long-term successor. He was already in his age-26 season when he joined the Patriots and had a disastrous time backing up Mark Sanchez with the New York Jets in 2012.
Missing out on a lucrative endorsement contract was an unfortunate consequence of playing under Belichick, but Tebow likely isn't hurting financially.
On top of the roughly $9.7 million he earned in the NFL, per Spotrac, Tebow joined the SEC Network as an analyst in December 2013. In pursuit of his MLB dreams, he signed a minor league deal in September with the New York Mets that included a $100,000 signing bonus.