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Tebow turns down Russian team

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Tim Tebow reportedly rejected a proposal to play football for a Russian team.

Moscow Black Storm owner Mikhail Zaltsman e-mailed Russian sports/news service R-Sport on Saturday, writing that Tebow refused his $1 million offer.

"Unfortunately agents of Tim Tebow turn down our proposal," Zaltsman wrote. "I hope that it's 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.

"We are looking for the people who pursue their dreams, not the ones who talk about it."

Zaltsman's offer included $1 million to play in two playoff games for the Black Storm. Zaltsman wanted Tebow to fly to Moscow for the team's semifinal against the Moscow Patriots in the American Football Championship of Russia on Sept. 28 and also play in the final if they advance.

Tebow's agents reportedly urged him not to play.

Tebow, a former Heisman Trophy winner at Florida and first-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos, is a free agent after being released by the New England Patriots on Aug. 31.

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