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Old 05-12-2010, 04:06 PM   #1
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Default Tebow reportedly turning down 7-figure endorsement deals to focus on football

http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/gator...l-preparation/


by Ben Volin



Tim Tebow lost out on a handful of endorsement opportunities this spring because of his pro-life Super Bowl commercial, but Tebow is also reportedly saying no to plenty of companies, as well.

Tebow has been working out in Memphis the past two weeks while living with his agent, Jimmy Sexton, and Tebow says in today’s Memphis Commercial-Appeal that he has turned down multiple seven-figure endorsement opportunities because he thought they would get in the way of his football preparation.

And that would be seven figures per year, the Commercial-Appeal reports.

“I’m trying to work hard and not get my mind cluttered with all that,” Tebow told the newspaper about endorsement deals that come his way. “When it gets to the point when something needs to be presented to me, I see it. Right now, it’s all ball for me.”


Already, Tebow has signed endorsement deals with two major companies — Nike and EA Sports, the latter of which will use Tebow as the cover boy for its NCAA Football 2011 video game. Sexton told the Commercial-Appeal that he has received a flood of endorsement opportunities for Tebow.

“Within the next five years, Tim clearly has a chance to be one of the most endorsable athletes on the planet,” Sexton said. “I had one CEO of a major Fortune 500 company tell me, ‘You know what, Jimmy? For a corporation to put a face on their brand, this guy (Tebow) is the real deal. He’s the one guy who’s not going to be a scandal two or three years from now.’”

The NFL bars rookies from working out at their team facility right now, so Tebow has been staying in Memphis to try to avoid the spotlight. He has been working out at local private high schools, even performing football drills with the high school athletes.

“I got in a lot of good work, and I met a lot of good people,” Tebow told the newspaper. “It was so much fun to get back in high school facilities, to get back to your roots and just know that level is where you started. I worked, hung out and just had a great time.”

Of course, Tebow’s whereabouts didn’t stay quiet for long.

“It was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen,” Sexton said. “I’ve never had a family knock on my door at 2 in the afternoon, asking me if Tim Tebow was staying in my house. I never had phone calls from so many parents with available 21-year-old daughters wanting to meet Tim. They all know he’s that good a guy and that good a player, and he has a hard time saying ‘No.’”

The Commercial-Appeal also reports that Tebow took batting practice one day with the Memphis University School varsity baseball team — and hit 12 of 15 pitches out of the park.

“The kids were just awed by how far he hit the ball,” Sexton said. “The best thing about Tim is he thinks he’s just another guy and acts that way. He’s oblivious to everything going on around him. He doesn’t think he’s a big deal. I asked him the other day how he stayed so humble, how come he didn’t get the big head compared to a lot of other athletes.”

Finally, Tebow said he has been trading texts with Broncos legend John Elway, who said last week that “we got a great competitor and something that gives us hope.”

“I’ve texted back and forth with him (Elway), and that’s truly an honor,” Tebow said. “He has been very supportive of me. He’s one of the all-time best.”




This dude is amazing, it almost sounds too good be true.
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Old 05-12-2010, 04:14 PM   #2
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I am liking this pick more and more.

Don't remember the last time I liked a Broncos draft so much.
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Somebody pinch me I must be dreaming!
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Old 05-12-2010, 04:18 PM   #4
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“I’m trying to work hard and not get my mind cluttered with all that,” Tebow told the newspaper about endorsement deals that come his way. “When it gets to the point when something needs to be presented to me, I see it. Right now, it’s all ball for me.”

I love this kid! He's going to work until he reaches success!
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Old 05-12-2010, 04:18 PM   #5
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Good decision by Tim. Money and endorsements will come later. He should focus on being the starting quarterback for the Broncos. Everything else will follow...
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this was posted in another thread somewhere I think, but yeah, great to hear.
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I wonder if Josh will clean up his language?


I hope so. No need for that to get his point across.
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It's only a matter of time before Tebow hoists the Lombardi trophy.
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Old 05-12-2010, 05:31 PM   #9
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Do you think that he has talked to Quinn or at least looked at what happened to Quinn and doesn't want the same?
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Old 05-12-2010, 05:36 PM   #10
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I wonder if Josh will clean up his language?


I hope so. No need for that to get his point across.
I'm actually curious how that will conflict. Then again I'm sure Tim has been through coaches cursing before.
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Old 05-12-2010, 05:44 PM   #11
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I wonder if Josh will clean up his language?


I hope so. No need for that to get his point across.
lol! I bet Tim would rather people not act differently around him. Just because he is a Christian doesn't mean he has been sheltered from the big bad world. My uncle is a minister and you'd be surprised just how normal him and my cousins are.
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Old 05-12-2010, 05:48 PM   #12
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Tim Tebow is smarter than everyone.
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Old 05-12-2010, 05:54 PM   #13
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lol! I bet Tim would rather people not act differently around him. Just because he is a Christian doesn't mean he has been sheltered from the big bad world. My uncle is a minister and you'd be surprised just how normal him and my cousins are.
There a lot of people that think cursing is in bad taste and shows a lack of education, it's not about sheltering someone.

I think Josh would be better off if he found a way to express himself without the cursing.
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There a lot of people that think cursing is in bad taste and shows a lack of education, it's not about sheltering someone.

I think Josh would be better off if he found a way to express himself without the cursing.
Good point. I am one of those people that finds swearing makes people sound ignorant.
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[sarcasm]I bet McD is forbidding Tebow from doing commercials because he wants all the attention for himself![/sarcasm]
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Its nice to see that the Old School is back in session...
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well, he did put down Jake Plummer calling him a big hippy from Idaho with no talent on or off the field. You still like him, Jake?
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I can't imagine anyone who's been coached at multiple levels of competition can any longer have a problem with swearing. The notion that swearing is somehow related taste or education in itself seems pretty tasteless and naive.
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Tebow didn't get drafted by the Broncos. Tebow chose the Broncos!
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Good for us, bad for him. There's a very real chance he flames out in the NFL, and with that flameout would go the endorsement money.
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Tebow is a really weird guy. Excessively religious, socially awkward, and turning down a seven figure endorsement is just crazy.

But as a result of his upbringing and religious views, his priorities aren't where normal human reason would dictate... in other words, he's another kind of breed, and he will be a better football player as a result.

I like it.
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Good for us, bad for him. There's a very real chance he flames out in the NFL, and with that flameout would go the endorsement money.
Very, very true.

Reminds me of Ricky Williams incentive based contract (gg rapper agent).

Still. It shows how damn confident he is that the money will still be there.
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well, he did put down Jake Plummer calling him a big hippy from Idaho with no talent on or off the field. You still like him, Jake?
Sorry not Jake. Jake is Orange 4 Life with spaces. Easy mistake. But yeah I still like him
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Good point. I am one of those people that finds swearing makes people sound ignorant.
I fucking loathe people that swear.
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