February 4th, 2010
02:25 PM ET
4 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. Preston kk

    Pkm good for mrs clinton i saw the event last year and every one had a good time every one be nice

    February 4, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. Alex

    I dunno... I heard somewhere he was born in the Philippines. Wouldn't that make him Asian and "not like us?" ;)

    February 4, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Messed Up

    "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". Just like Sarah Palin was glad she CHOSE life. They must believe they are the only ones who get to choose. Of course most of them are against the one thing that would actually decrease the number of abortions – providing health care to single, low-income women!

    February 4, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. lbw

    I have a family member who was told when she was pregnant that there were serious problems with her baby and was advised to terminate. If she had listened she would not have a perfectly healthy, beautiful teenage daughter today. She had a choice and chose life.

    February 4, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. Joy

    And just why is this news? With all the other crazy things going on in this world, this is all we have to comments on? Can we please get real and talk about something with substance?!

    February 4, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. Sandra Kee

    Amen Tim Tebow, Amen! I'm so proud that a young man is not afraid to speak his convictions and wear Faith so openly!

    February 4, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. American Feminist

    Isn't the Fellowship Foundation that Christian cult group that owns that townhouse in New Orleans where Mark Sanford, David Vitter, and John Ensign were "shagging" their girlfriends?

    February 4, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. SNAPPA

    Its a great commercial spot for PRO-CHOICE let it run. His mother had a CHOICE and she choose end of story.

    February 4, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. Franklin

    Good Grief, what an anti-Christian slant this story takes. "...linked to a controversial anti-gay law in Uganda." "...came under fire for appearing in an issues-oriented ad."

    This is agit prop, not reporting on the Prayer Breakfas.

    February 4, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. Mike in NYC

    I may be an atheist, but this man is a standout in every sense of the word.

    February 4, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. Gary, Los Angeles

    I am in full support of young people doing well. Stop bashing him. Men have died for every American's right to his/her beliefs. Amen.

    February 4, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. Eric, Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Thank God there are people like Tim Tebow that is a committed Christian and stands up for and lives the values and morals. He is one young athlete that kids can look up to as a roll model.

    His upcoming pro-life ad during the Super Bowl is supposedly non-political and I wonder how anybody, no matter what party or belief, can criticize someone promoting letting the unborn have a life.

    February 4, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  13. Scott

    A very misleading issue that he should stay out of. I understand they're pro-life but they're also putting many lives at risk. There are many valid reasons for abortion and mothers will die if they do not listen to their doctor. Plus, Tebow's mother's claim cannot be substantiated and lacks details.

    February 4, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. Marlee Stone

    This has exposed the Planned Parenthood's real aim: abortion, not "choice" as they claim. Tebow's mother made her "choice" to save her unborn son; others' "choice" is to kill their unborn child.

    February 4, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. Richard C

    Johnny Isakson is a Senator - not a "Rep."
    Whoops!!

    February 4, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. faithful democrat/jacksonville

    People always putting God in everything they do and alot of times; God has or had nothing to do with it. I think the reason for his invitation is that he's a Republican. I do not think it has anything to do with God and for Tebow to make such statement, it was riduculous. He could have just stated "It's rather incredible that a Georgia Bulldog invited a Florida Gator...that's the joke. It's seems to me, the joke was on him last Saturday @ Senior Bowl :).

    February 4, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. Evolution

    Tebow, go suck a football!

    February 4, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. Sgt. USMC

    good story.

    February 4, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. Anne P

    Very disappointing to hear that political figures attended this thing. No woman grows up thinking she'll ever get or need an abortion. Tebow's mother had a CHOICE. That's exactly what I'm for....a choice! That Dr. was not forcing her to do anything; simply stating statistics. Lucky he was on the other end of the stats. Still...it's about CHOICE.

    February 4, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. Ron in Asheville, NC

    So . . . Tebow's mom got the right to make a decision that now he wants to deny to other women. And he is willing to say so publicly. Sheesh! And this we're supposed to watch? CBS, I won't be watching the Superbowl this year. Fellow citizens, I invite you to boycott as well. Let's see if we can lower the TV ratings enough so CBS will pay attention.

    February 4, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. Perry

    I do not like abortion. But I am for following the law. I think many pro-choicers feel the same way. I think it is wrong that the SuperBowl is being used for political reasons. Spoils the game. As many problems as we all have, we do not need to choose up sides on abortion (again) on Super Sunday when everyone is looking to relax. Thanks Tim, for nothing. Glad that you didn't get aborted, but you are now being a pain in the rear.

    February 4, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. Stine

    Good for Tim Tebow!!!

    February 4, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. dora

    So much for separation of church and state.

    February 4, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. Donna Mansfield

    So Tebow's mom got to choose to have an abortion or not to have an abortion . . . Hmmmmmmmm

    February 4, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  25. Obama Victim

    it is alwasy amusing and entertaining to listen to the left wingnuts defending killing children

    February 4, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
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