Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets leaves the field after loss to San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium on December 23, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Courtesy Getty Images.
Remember that wacky rumor that some Russian football team had offered Tim Tebow a million dollars to play a game or two for them?
How do you say "Not so fast, my friend" in Russian?
In an email received by Russian sports-news service R-Sport, Moscow Black Storm owner Mikhail Zaltsman said that the American football superstar had said nyet.
"Unfortunately agents of Tim Tebow turn down our proposal. I hope that its Tebow's agents' fault that the contract wasn't signed and Tim couldn't do anything about it. If it was his decision - it's very upsetting. And in this case we don't want him in our team anyway."
No reasonable NFL fan, pundit or team executive would have taken the offer seriously - even if it was entirely serious.
Tebow would have done incalculable damage to his playing career by taking the offer - the moment he is perceived to have lost focus on returning to the NFL is the moment that his NFL career is really over.
This past week, there was a well-publicized - and absurdly sparsely attended - "rally" in Jacksonville by Jaguars fans who want the team to sign Tebow, something that seems less likely than ever.
But Zaltsman was clearly hurt and offended by the snub, so let's give him the last word:
"We are looking for the people who pursue their dreams, not the ones who talk about it."
If anything, Tebow's singular focus on pursuing his dream of playing in the NFL as a QB has seen him be less public than ever.
Tebow has not tweeted much since the day he was cut by the Patriots at the end of August, but at the risk of snubbing Zaltsman again, let's let Tebow have the actual last word:
"I will remain in relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback."
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