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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soundoff (309 Responses)
  1. AJ

    Does anyone else notice how Obama and DC insiders continue to lavuish the most attentionon right wing fanatics and their causes?
    it's really just wild!!

    February 4, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. Marc

    His mother had an OPTION, a CHOICE, and had the financial means to get on with her OWN DECISION.
    This is the effect of a pro-CHOICE policy.

    February 4, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. EDDIE

    I hope he prayed to God so he could have the ability to take a snap from under the CENTER.

    February 4, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. Anonymous

    Ticker headline has TEBOW spelled with two E's, TEEBOW.

    February 4, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. Bob S., Shreveport

    I can't wait to see how the right wing neocon nutjobs handle this story. It will be tricky how they praise Tim Tebow for his convictions, and bash Obama for attending. We should tune into Limbaugh's show today to see what to think and how to spin it.

    February 4, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. RocketJL

    What's the real message here?

    February 4, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Tebow should focus on throwing a football and not prayer

    February 4, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. Emma

    I will change channels when the ad is shown. It is not a matter of my stance on the issue. I object to the politicization of the issue.

    February 4, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. Seth

    Tib Tebow is an inspirational person. We can all learn from each other and realize that humany unites us.

    Who else has your fingerprint? Choose life, choose to limit abortions,
    choose to support adoption.

    We are fearfully and wonderfully made.

    February 4, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. John

    I am often left wondering about the motivations of those who seem to insist on making public shows of their personal faith.

    February 4, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  11. Jeff

    Thus begins the career of future religious right-wing politician Timmy Tebow.

    February 4, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. Proud Member of "Global Zero"

    Love this president but, let us SEPERATE CHRUCH AND STATE

    February 4, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Jane/Seattle

    Ya'll NEED to read this Impeccably researched and "Terror"-fying – Defying Book!

    "The Family" by Jeff Sharlet. It will all become clear! The story is in this book! Peace

    February 4, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. Formerepublican

    Let me get this straight: Tim Tebow believes in a magical, invisible being who sees everything, knows everything and can do anything, and we are supposed to pay attention to him as a potential politician because he plays football well? We are, to the point of covering it on CNN? Glad I got that cleared up, I was worried about our future for a minute.

    February 4, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. Jeff

    This guy gets an awful lot of press for a probable 2nd or 3rd round pick.

    February 4, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. Duck Fallas

    Why is it that a virgin is an authority on sex are a single, teen mother is an authority on abstinence

    February 4, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. chuck

    So I see his mother was given a "choice". Good thing she wasn't living in Uganda where her baby might have eventually been killed as an adult if he fell in love with a man. I see it's not killing that they are opposed to per se, it is just the killing of a fetus. Missionaries have done a terrible disservice to the world, and now they are stealing children from Haiti.

    February 4, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. Pete

    Now that Mr. Tebow has aligned himself with Focus on the Family, he should be able to answer the following questions:

    1. Does Mr. Tebow agree with Focus on the Family's assertion that God allowed 9/11 to happen because of homosexuality and cursing?

    2. Does Mr. Tebow agree with Focus on the Family's assertion that SpongeBob Squarepants is indoctrinating children into the homosexual lifestyle?

    3. Does Mr. Tebow agree with the recent assertion by a host on Focus on the Family Radio that homosexuality should be illegal, and that gay people should be thrown into facilities where they will be "cured" of their illness?

    I'm sure that I could come up with more questions, but Mr. Tebow has chosed to ally with this extremist group, so one must assume that he agrees with everything they say until he says otherwise.

    February 4, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  19. Total BS

    Brown from Mass..is a baby killer..where is the uproar from this group about that ?Oh,that's right,he is stopping healthcare.I guess it's ok to kill a baby then..What a bunch of losers !

    February 4, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. Beeker25

    The issue of his appearance in the Super Bowl ad omitted one thing: It was known that his mother was in the Phillipines while pregnant with Tim. From what I understand that the Phillipines has a law, still on the book, that outlaws abortions since the 1930's .
    Taking that into consideration, it would be impossible that the doctor would make that suggestion to her as she has stated without going to jail had he performed it and furthermore it would have been a backalley operation, had she done so but she would still go to jail for 6 years for breaking the law.

    I find it ironic that such omission is not highlighted nor explained.

    February 4, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. SNAPPA

    Great just what this country needs another Taliban wannabe...

    February 4, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  22. rick

    Tebow come out!!!!

    February 4, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. Tom Denver

    Hope this doesn't hurt his chances with the NFL. Monopolies can be touchy when it comes to politics and their advertizing base. Oh, I forgot corporations can now run for office thanks to Alito and the Supreme Court. No worries then.

    February 4, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. RightasRain

    If this guy's not brainwashed, I don't know who is. I don't care if you're wrapped up in Christianity or Banana cereal....when your every move is derived from one narrow perspective, you've been brainwashed.

    February 4, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  25. FOX Fan

    I see you have updated your story to "a Heisman trophy winner". :-)

    February 4, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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