Tim Tebow doesn't want college athletes to get paid: 'It's about your team'

Christopher Bumbaca, USA TODAY
Published 2:03 p.m. ET Sept. 13, 2019 | Updated 4:43 p.m. ET Sept. 13, 2019CLOSE
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USA TODAYTim Tebow is not one to suppress his passion for college athletics. As a two-time national champion and Heisman winner at the University of Florida, he often fondly looks back on his time as a college athlete. So it should come as little surprise Tebow has taken a hard stance against a California bill passed by the state’s government this week that would allow college athletes to more easily make money off their name, image and likeness, beginning Jan. 1, 2023. The NCAA has questioned the constitutionality of the bill, and Tebow doesn’t agree with paying college athletes, either. “I feel like I have a little credibility and knowledge about this,” Tebow begins during a Friday interview on ESPN’s “First Take.””Because when I was at the University of Florida, I think my jersey was one of the top jerseys around the world … and I didn’t make a dollar from it, but nor did I want to. Because I knew, going into college, what it was all about.” [email protected] passionately expresses his thoughts on the California Senate passing a bill allowing student-athletes to have endorsements. pic.twitter.com/W5uBW7ePNm— First Take (@FirstTake) September 13, 2019For Tebow, that meant being part of a team and working toward unified goals. He said that the NFL is where it’s about the money. “Now we’re changing it from ‘us’ from ‘we’ from ‘my university,’ being an alumni where I care, which makes college sports special, to ‘OK, it’s not about us, it’s not about we, it’s about me,'” Tebow said. “And yes, I know we live in a selfish culture, where it’s all about us, but we’re just adding and piling it on to that. Where it changes what’s special about college football.”It’s about your team. It’s about your university. It’s about where my family wanted to go. It’s about where my grandfather had my dream of having Florida win an SEC championship. And you’re taking that away so young kids can earn a dollar. And I feel like that’s just not where college football needs to go.” Sounds like his mind is made up on the matter. AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide

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