February 4th, 2010
02:25 PM ET
8 years ago

Tebow attends Washington prayer breakfast

Tim Tebow attended the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning.

Tim Tebow attended the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning.

Washington (CNN) – College football's Tim Tebow, a Heisman trophy winner, attended the National Prayer Breakfast with President Barack Obama Thursday and delivered the closing prayer, continuing his foray into the political spotlight.

Tebow recently came under fire for appearing in an issues-oriented ad that will run during Sunday's Superbowl game. The ad will feature Tebow and his mother Pam recounting the decision to continue her pregnancy with Tim despite recommendations from doctors to do otherwise.

The prayer breakfast was organized by the group, Fellowship Foundation, which has been linked to a controversial anti-gay law in Uganda.

Introduced by Rep. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, Tebow joked, "It is rather incredible that a Georgia Bulldog invited a Florida Gator, so you can see the hand of God here."

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who also attended the event, spoke of her own preference of adoption over abortion and told the story of opening a home for the children of unwanted pregnancies after a visit from Mother Teresa.

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soundoff (309 Responses)
  1. Ron

    The hand of god and a freakin football player? Gimme a break!

    February 4, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. James Cunningham

    So let me get this straight, are you at CNN attempting to smear Mr. Tebow by claiming guilt by association that he is connected to an anti-gay group in Uganda? You people have absolutely no shame. Ted Turner must be wondering why he ever started CNN at this point seeing just what a partisan, left-wing ideological operation it has become! Shame, shame on you!

    February 4, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. sara

    Sorry, Tebow, sports has Nothing to do with GOD. Maybe just a Southerner thing, uhn. Issacson is not credible nor any role model after the lies he said about Max Cleland.

    February 4, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. malia

    I applaud Tebow and Obamas for attending the NPB. I am pro-choice and I have no problem with his ad - this is America folks, freedom of speech!

    February 4, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. Mitchell from MS

    Solid young man, good for him.

    February 4, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. Joan schenk tintle

    in my opinion the tebow ad should be run at the super bowl. what could be wrong with someone telling their personal story with such a positive and happy ending. isn't that freedom of speech?

    February 4, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. JM

    I respect Tebow's right to his views and to make the commercial. However, I think it's the wrong message at the wrong time presented at the wrong event. Airing that commercial during the Super Bowl is no more appropriate than throwing a football around in church while services are in progress. I will simply turn off my TV when the ad runs.

    February 4, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. TERRY


    February 4, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. Death Panel Sarah

    I guess if one or both of them had died, we wouldn't have heard about this at all......must have been a medical reason for the advice. It WASN'T an 'elective' abortion, anyway. It would have been a 'necessary' procedure. Doctors do not just lightly 'pass out' abortions!

    February 4, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. Buffalo Bill

    Hillary Clinton would promote adoption over abortion? I'll bet the good 'ol gals at Planned Parenthood are gonna tell her to get her mind "straight" on that issue, or she can forget about any funding of her impending challenge to Obama in 2012!

    February 4, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. Yag Nadnagu

    may he focus on football and not so much on pushing beliefs all over the poor continent of Africa. We are people and our Bible is just as good as his.

    February 4, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Marilyn, Powell, OH

    Tim, your story is getting old.

    February 4, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. Marty

    "...to do otherwise" . Let's be honest, the term is "abort", another work for "killing" the fetus.

    February 4, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. CONNIE

    so he is in the wrong to believe in what he believes he has the right to free speech unless you don't agree with the liberal side, this is how i understand it. so everyone who doesn't believe in the liberal have no freedom of speech rights-boy AMerica has gone to hell hasn't it.

    February 4, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. CT in CT

    is Tebow under consideration to become a "chosen one" member of The Family?

    February 4, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. notfooledbydistractions


    February 4, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. Pam

    It is a shame that our country has come to over politicize every single issue. Why cannot people of good will, even with opposing views, come to work together for the good of country? Instead we find each side looking to see how they can “beat” the other side without any real caring about the United States of America – only their own perspective is correct.

    February 4, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. Busyblake

    I'm fed up with Tebow, why does this guy get so much publicity. He has alot of likability, but to continue to cover this guy is rediculous. Its like America is trying to hold on to his college career by dragging it out, on and on and on. Give up, lets see how he does in the NFL, if he is good then continue, but until then, shut up with Tim Tebow.

    February 4, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. Doug,lib jersey

    It is sad that this poor kid is now going to be subjected to the worst hate this country has today by every evil lib democrat. Libs wish to censor every American who doesn't march lock step to their socialist agenda, just read their hate-filled comments or witness them in action in a blue state or an episode of Jersey Shore.

    February 4, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  20. Economist

    Oh, what was it the Bible says about people who feel the need to publicly tout their piety?

    February 4, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. Josiah

    Gross – how we can stand up rigidly with some principles of the Constitution and entirely disregard others is part of the contradictions and hypocrisy dragging down this great sleeping giant – America – yearning to be on the forefront of life's discoveries. There is a cult that ensnared the world thousands of years ago, bending our natural progression, perverting and subverting the very fabric of life. Separation of Church and State – doomed to be yet another illusory freedom purportedly part of the framework of this land – and yet, like other "freedoms" we still fight for the simple rights within this Constitution – are not all to be free in this land – free from the sick and sweet evil that clouds lesser men's lives – your soul is yours – you don't have to give it away to gain anything – your great Trickster has duped you all.

    February 4, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. Martie

    Good for him but I'm sure some of the crazies that write in these sections will find fault!!

    February 4, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  23. joe

    He is a young man with strong moral convictions and should be applauded. Other younger people with no backbone and no upbringing should see him as a roll model. There is so much in him that is missing in the majority of our youth. People should stop criticizing him and take a lesson from him...

    February 4, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. Sharon

    While I would not want anyone to have an abortion unless medically necessary I would still be very careful going against doctor's recommendations. Yes they can be wrong and that appears to be the case for Pam but are often right. I would hate to see a couple of little children lose their mom for going against the doctor's advice. Please be very careful and get multiple opinions. I would hope no one ever has to have an abortion but sometimes it is necessary to save the mother's life.

    February 4, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. oh, please

    So, when big money is handed out to Johnny Isakson, is that the hand of God, too?

    February 4, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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