February 4th, 2010
02:25 PM ET
5 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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  1. Daniel

    Let's talk about some other important issues. Let's talk about the millions of Americans and everyone else worldwide who don't have enough to eat, aren't getting the proper medical treatments, don't have homes and aren't getting proper educations.

    I'm sure glad these "issue-orientated" people are looking out for the people of the planet.

    Maybe Tebow and all the other people at this breakfast should have invited some less fortunate and hungry people to take their places.

    February 4, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. corporatememory

    Hillary, I swear your nose is growing longer every day.

    February 4, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. Todd

    I do not care what you believe in or who you pray too, but please keep it to yourself and out of Washington. I thought this country was suppose to have rights for everyone for thier own beliefs and not to have things like national prayer.

    February 4, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. Linda

    Good on you Tim Tebow. It's just amazing how closed minded, angry, and dictatorial the left has become.

    They claim rights, choice, freedoms, but if you don't do their one preferred method, then it's tar & feathers. Just imagine that the left is crying foul for freedom of choice to in giving birth, instead of abortion.

    I was always a prochoice person, for early pregnancy or if the life of the mother was at risk. But now the left seems to think pro choice means no one should voice support against abortion. They are becoming freaks.

    Speak loud, speak free. One should never be ashamed to proclaim another choice than abortion. Why must they go too far. The left is becoming Marxists or Communists.

    February 4, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. Joe

    While I disagree with some of the personal positions that Tim takes, I still think he is a good person and college quarterback. He is entitled to his own personal convictions. I'm cool with that.

    February 4, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. Ramses

    Great! Great guy, did the right thing going to the prayer. So did his mother bringing him to this world. This country has the freedom of speech & choice etc, so people can do what they want. To get an abortion or not to bring the baby into this world is individual choice, decision for a good and legitamate reason. Life & this world is complex & let the individual & family decide what they want. This is also true with gays, lesbians & others, people should be more compassionate with them. Not hate them. Live & let live in peace.
    Peace on earth.

    February 4, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. Nathan

    Interesting that the Uganda law is passed over with the simple comment that it is "controversial;" leading a reader who knows nothing else to surmise that it is "controversial" in the same way that the Tebow commercial is "controversial."

    The Uganda law makes "aggravated homosexuality" punishable by death. Death.

    February 4, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. ahawk

    Tim, stick with what you know, pal, football. Nobody wants to know about your politics or your religous beliefs unless of course, you're thinking about a change in career. Sports, politics, religion, hey, it's all entertainment in my opinion.

    February 4, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. Janalee

    Thank you Tim Tebow for being the upstanding citizen that you are. With so much negative publicity regarding famous athletes today its so refreshing to hear good things about a great Christian athlete. God will reward you for holding to your values and your faith. God bless you.

    February 4, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. jeff jackson, alabama

    It just seems to me that conservatives should have
    the same freedom of speech in this country as bigoted
    liberals, communists, nazis,and illegal aliens do.
    Why do conservatives come under attack more than
    these other groups do ?

    February 4, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. Stacy

    Isakson is a Senator.

    February 4, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. Steve in North Carolina

    It's good to see a clean-cut kid like him show good example. Wish there were more like him.

    February 4, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. Peejay

    Better watch out, Sarah – it looks as if the religious right has a new mascot.

    February 4, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. Tebow Rocks!

    Tim Tebow rocks!!! It's so amazing to see such a great role model for our youth in this day. Athletic, educated, compassionate and standing up for his Christian beliefs....Way To Go Tebow!!!!!!!!!!

    February 4, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. DavidY

    Citing bible verse on one's face during a game may score points with certain religious or political groups, but the irregular reflectivity off the cheekbones isn't going to do much to help score points in the game. The black coloring applied under the eyes is there to prevent glare, not to give the player a canvas for promoting a message.

    If I'd been the coach, I would've told him to save the sermon for after the game and use the time spent decorating his face to work on shortening his pass delivery.

    February 4, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. SY

    I can see the evangelical party candidates now for 2012; Tim and Sarah, or maybe Sarah and Tim, but not likely because the woman would never come first in this group. I seriously doubt God cares about football teams; I hope he cares about our country.

    February 4, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. dg

    possibly obama will realize how precious a babies life is. tim tebow is a perfect example

    February 4, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    If CBS wants to air advocacy ads, they should do a little fact-checking first.

    Since the Philippines has outlawed abortion since 1930, including mandated prision terms for the woman and anyone who assists in the procedure, I don't see how Mrs. Tebow's Philipino doctor would have "recommended" she get an abortion.

    February 4, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  19. Alex

    Anti-Choice = Anti-Woman... I know I won't be tuning CBS in any time soon!

    February 4, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  20. Sharon

    Being the mother of 2 adoptive children, I definitely prefer adoption over abortion. Yet, being Democrat, I also believe there are special circumstances that no one should be able to step in and have the final say for women, so I prefer to leave that say in God's hands.

    February 4, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. Buzz McCollough

    I applaud Mr. Tebow's achievements on and off the football field and the fact that his mother decided to take her pregnancy full term rather than have an abortion. Abortion should always be rare but also legal and safe. However, I wonder if he is aware of the activities of the Fellowship Foundation, which became involved in Ugandan politics by sending representatives to that country with the intention of influencing the passage of a law which would lead to a possible death sentence for anyone found guilty of a homosexual act? If this organization is so concerned about the welfare of their fellow man, it ought to be more involved in acitivities like feeding the homeless and conducting free medical clinics for the uninsured in this country and less involved in trying to influence the lives of innocent people in Uganda. Aiding and abetting hatred of any minority group anywhere is certainly not what Jesus preached.

    February 4, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  22. sanchez, frank

    thank you for this article. short, sweet and to the point. glad to see the President and Mrs. Clinton were able to attend.
    thanks.

    February 4, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. Robin

    I thought I heard Liberals screaming this morning.

    February 4, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  24. mike

    I hope someone said a prayer about his draft fortunes ... Lord knows, he'll need all thge help he can get to be drafter anywhere above the 3rd round ...

    February 4, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. Jeff in Houston

    This guys gets a commercial, but could Planned Parenthood? A gay dating service cannot get a commercial, but beer ads run freely, complete with scantly clad women I'm willing to bet.

    I have to just shake my head at our countires distorted, hypocritcal, and just plain narrow-minded values. We are so defiantly proud of our stupidity.

    February 4, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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