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. SocialismBad

    So what's the big news here CNN?? Does this young man have the right to express his faith and/or opinions? Or maybe you think it is only those on the left that need to speak and be heard?

    February 4, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. Harvey Milk

    God bless Tim Tebow!

    February 4, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. T'SAH from Virginia

    It's fine to have your own beliefs and practice what you preach – but DON'T infringe it upon others who also have their own beliefs!!!

    What's good for the GOOSE is good for the GANDER and if they are going to run ONE commercial supporting ONE HALF then run another commercial supporting the OTHER HALF – OR, don't run any commercial at all...........Case and POINT!

    This is soooooooooo RETARDED!!!

    February 4, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Lori in St Pete

    Shouldn't this non-story be in the sports section?

    February 4, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. JR

    once again, our great leader of the free world looking for a good photo opt rather than actually running a country which he continues to deem "in a historic catastrophy unseen since the great depression". When is this guy ever going to actually lead.

    February 4, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. Ethan

    Um.... Separation of Church and State?

    The Founding Fathers are definitely rolling over in their graves.

    February 4, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. Kate

    I really don't think the ad should run. I am pro-choice, therefore I choose life. It is a personal choice and we should stop trying to cram our own personal beliefs on everyone else. God gave us each the power of choice and that is the way it should be.

    February 4, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. Larry Nadler

    This issue has no business being broadcast during the Superbowl. A parent shouldn't have to explain an issue like this to a child. Isn,t there a way to stop this without violating free speech ?

    February 4, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. mk

    I would ignore a doctor who told me to terminate too, I have many doubts as to the truth in that whole story. However, it is not my choice (or hers) that matters. Abortion is safe and LEGAL and I will fight for that CHOICE to remain. If all these people concerned with life would rally around a beaten child and demand justice for them the world would be a much better place. As it is now, once a child leaves the womb no one seems to care much what happens to them and that is truly tragic.

    February 4, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. Julie

    What a wonderful story, that being said, it has no business being a Superbowl commerical. We have many avenues to hear these stories, but on TV when there are going to be young children watching – children who are old enough to watch football, but not old enough to comprehend abortion. We learn the wrong about abortion at home, through our beliefs and and church. What we don't need is for it to be on a commerical when we don't know when it is going to be played.
    Parents monitor the shows on TV that our children watch, but we cannot monitor commericals, especially one like this that is age inappropriate. This is a personal discussion that needs to be determined when and how by PARENTS...Not politicians like SARAH.

    February 4, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. brian

    The Republicans have a bigger cult of personality than the Dems. Tebow is going to lead them to the promised land? Heck, he won't even get drafted in the 1st round and will get beat by a bunch of Obamabots in the NFL.

    Palin/Tebow 2012. Disneyland here we come! I mean the right has seriously become a cartoon.

    February 4, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. patNY

    One word for this fella...yum

    February 4, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. Steve (the real one)

    I know some will not approve but oh well. I appreciate Tebow's stand on his Christian faith, which is my faith as well! Interestingly enough, I don't recall him seeking anyone's approval! Good for him! I am looking forward to seeing that ad!

    February 4, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. is_this_newsworthy

    This guy is a barely average QB, and has a political agenda now...Is he going to run with Palin. Good luck, because the NFL does not want him.

    February 4, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. Proud DEM

    I'm proud that Mr. President attended this "function" and showed these bible thumping, anti-gay, anti-abortion conservative wingnuts...that he can put aside his differences and for just awhile sit in and listen to their garbage....It's good to see that he spoke up and at least criticized that disgusting Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill...that's a joke.

    February 4, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. Chad

    The Fellowship Foundation is trying to help enact laws in Africa that sentence people to death for being gay. They want to stop all abortions because they are pro-life, but they want to kill all gay people. What does that make them????

    February 4, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  17. Doug

    By forcing his politics into football, Tebow is making the NFL a polical organization. I am big football fan, but if they put Tebow in the Tebow in the league I will stop supporting the NFL.

    February 4, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  18. The Weatherman

    One day, NOW will be exposed as a "liberal attack dog" pretending to represent women's interests.

    The Weatherman

    February 4, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  19. linda

    This is so bogus! Abortions were not available, according to reports,
    during the time of Tebow's mother's pregnancy.

    This is just another Tea Party extreme attempting to take the spotlight off of the real issues of concern to Americans.

    We will be blocking out this outrageous ad – an ad that does not belong on the air during the Super Bowl – on Sunday, and ask that
    others do the same.

    It appears Tebow has been sucked into this craziness, and perhaps is not a very smart person to fall for this crap.

    February 4, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. Ben Franklin

    The person writing this is liar and slanderer. The group is linked to a group who is linked to a group....so obviouly Tebow is anti-gay. This is a prime example how liars and slanderers in the media act.....this is why the media sucks

    February 4, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. Ben Franklin

    The person writing this is a slanderer. The group is linked to a group who is linked to a group....so obviouly Tebow is anti-gay. This is a prime example how liars and slanderers in the media act.....this is why the media sucks

    February 4, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. Ben Franklin

    The person writing this is a slanderer. The group is linked to a group who is linked to a group....so obviouly Tebow is anti-gay. This is a prime example how liars and slanderers in the media act.....this is why the media stinks

    February 4, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  23. George Sales

    Ahh, the Fellowship Foundation, supporting and condoning ignorance in Uganda. Uganda's new law, love thy neighbor unless they're gay in which case we'll kill them or throw them in prison! We need to end religion!!! The lies, myths and superstition have been responsible for death and misery down through the millennia.

    February 4, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. John E Lexington KY

    As a football player Tebow is obviously qualified to deliver the closing prayer. After all we've had a Yale cheerleader as president (Bush II) and MIss. cheerleader as Republican Senate Majority Leader (Trent Lott) so when you think about it, he's over-qualified. Hopefully, the GOP will soon nominate him for president in the next election and sweep an end around Obama.

    February 4, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  25. mavcal

    Football and morality plays – it's enough to make you puke.

    February 4, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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