Tim Tebow Says He Rejected $1 Million Endorsement Deal To Please Bill Belichick

Then the Patriots cut him.

Tim Tebow says he’s $1 million poorer, thanks to New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick.

In his new book Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms, the former NFL quarterback said he sought Belichick’s permission to accept $1 million for a one-day endorsement appearance. Tebow wrote that he asked because he wanted to fit in with the Patriots during the 2013 preseason.

“Timmy, I would really appreciate it if you didn’t,” Belichick responded, per Tebow’s book.

So Tebow turned down the deal and a short time later, the Patriots cut him.

That $1 million could have come in handy, no?

That’s not something that I look back and regret at all,” Tebow told Fox & Friends on Monday. “It was me trying to honor the team, and if I could do it again, I would’ve done the same thing.”

The Huffington Post has reached out to the Patriots for comment.