Russian Team Offers Tebow $1 Million For Two Games
FOXBORO, Mass. (CBS Connecticut) – Tim Tebow has some experience as a winning quarterback, but all the same is currently not on any NFL roster. Another team in another league hopes to change that with an interesting proposition.
“We have offered him $1 million for two games,” Mikhail Zaltsman, owner of the Moscow Black Storm, told Russia Beyond The Headlines.
Zaltsman said Tebow, a free agent after being released by the New England Patriots, expressed interest in the opportunity, but that his representation is standing in the way of the deal.
“I talked with him personally and he wanted to go,” Zaltsman added. “[His agents are] thinking of using him as a motivational speaker. They don’t want him to play football.”
Zaltsman detailed plans to fly Tebow into Moscow for the Black Storm’s semifinal against the Moscow Patriots in the American Football Championship of Russia on September 28. From there, he hopes Tebow will use his talents to lead the team to victories in both the semifinals and finals.
If he goes, Tebow would not be the first American to play in the Russian league.
“I’d be right there to greet him,” former University of North Carolina fullback and current starting Moscow Patriots quarterback Bobby Rome told RBTH. “My advice to him would be to just have fun.”
Tebow was a celebrated NCAA athlete who became the first college sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy while at the University of Florida. He is also a two-time BCS National Champion. At the end of his college career, Tebow held 5 NCAA, 14 Southeastern Conference, and 28 University of Florida statistical records.
Despite his achievements on the field during college, there was much debate whether Tebow could make it in the NFL. After being inserted as the starting quarterback midway through the 2011 season for the Denver Broncos, Tebow led the team to a first round playoff victory.
Following his storied season in Denver, Tebow’s star quickly faded following a lackluster season with the New York Jets and his brief, failed time with the Patriots.