Most NFL players don't make anything close to $500,000 per game. So, when Tim Tebow turned down a $1 million offer to play football for the Moscow Black Storm earlier today, the reaction from fans and media was certainly mixed.
After all, there are quite a few people out there who won't earn $500,000 in their entire professional careers. Contestants on Big Brother spend 90 days on television just for a 1-in-16 chance at winning that kind of money.
But Tebow would have banked $1 million during two playoff games.
That's $8,333 per minute of game time.
It might seem crazy to some, but Tim Tebow did the right thing. Playing in Russia would come with big risks for the former Gator all-star's personal brand.
Tebow's post-football career will obviously involve faith-based motivational speaking and media opportunities. Can you imagine asking his Christian fan-base to cheer on a football team from Mother Russia?
Further complicating things, the national sports media would turn up their mocking to an 11 on a scale of 1 to 10. And what if he were injured, or worse, during one of the two games? Talk about a disaster.
That's not to say Tebow's whole approach has been correct and that he should ignore any offer that doesn't involve playing quarterback in the NFL. To hold firm on that requirement is silly, and suggests that he doesn't have the drive that it takes to make it in professional football.
"I will remain in relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback," Tebow told ESPN after being cut by New England.
Many NFL quarterbacks, even some of the greatest to play the game, have spent time playing in other leagues. The Canadian Football League and the Arena League are well established paths for aspiring NFL ballers who need to polish their skills.
Playing in Russia is not the way back to the NFL.