Tim Tebow likely had to have his blood pressure checked after the former NFL quarterback went on a tirade trashing the new California law allowing college athletes to get paid.
It all went down on Friday’s editon of ‘First Take’ when the former Heisman winner took issue with the “Fair Pay to Play Act” that was passed by the CA State Senate this week, allowing college athletes to be paid for the use of their name, likeness and image without being punished.
“I feel like I have a little credibility and knowledge about this because when I was at the University of Florida, I think my jersey was one of the top-selling jerseys around the world.,” Tim said.
“It was like Kobe, LeBron and then I was right behind them. I didn’t make a dollar from it and nor did I want to because I knew going into college what it was all about.”
Tebow believes that college should be more about following your dreams and contributing to an institution.
“I knew going to Florida, my dream school, where I wanted to go, the passion for it and if I could support my team, support my college, support my University, that’s what it’s all about.”
“But now, we’re changing it from ‘Us’ from ‘We’ from ‘My University’ from being an alumni where I care, which makes college football and college sports special, to then ‘Okay it’s not about us. It’s not about we, it’s just about me.'”
“And, yes, I know we live in a selfish culture where it’s all about us but we’re just adding and piling it onto that. Where it changes, what’s special about college football. We turn it into the NFL, where who has the most money, that’s where you go.”
Tebow added … “That’s why people are more passionate about college sports than they are about the NFL.”
“That’s why the stadiums are bigger in college than they are in the NFL, because 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 a dream of seeing Florida win an SEC championship and you’re taking that away.”
“And, you’re taking that away so that young kids can earn a dollar and that’s just not where I feel college football needs to go.”