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. J

    Ugh, who cares?

    February 4, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. Linda Hall

    God bless AMERICA !!! God bless Tebow for standing up for the Lord Jesus Christ.

    February 4, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. petena

    I totally disagree with running that ad. Now football is religion? If they think its about morals what do you call grown men trying to catch a ball by knowcking another player out. Now that is good morals, ha? he he he

    February 4, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Bill

    Tim Tebow is a class act, but is too naive to realize that he is being used by a group to promote a political agenda, not for religious or moral reasons.

    February 4, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Tebow should be more concerned that he's a marginal NFL talent. Predicting he will flame out pretty quickly. There are no Eastern Tennessee State's in the NFL.

    February 4, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Confucuis

    Tim Tebow should cease politicizing and limit his personal allegiance of spirituality to the confounds of his dwelling of worship and his ministry. If the commitment to his birth is indeed inspiring to some, then flaunt it to those who are awe struck by this delivery. Taking advantage of this venue is akin to preaching to the throngs.

    February 4, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. nick

    What!! President Obama and Hillary Clinton attended a prayer breakfast organized by a group linked to an anti-gay law in Uganda. Oh wait......it was Tebow you were targeting with the positioning of that piece of information, not your heroes.

    February 4, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. MSH, Miami, FL

    Both Barack Obama and Tim Tebow should be ashamed for attending a prayer breakfast organized by the Fellowship Foundation given their earlier support for a law in Uganda that would call for death to homosexuals and prison terms for heterosexuals who know of homosexuals and not report them to law enforcement. They only backed away from the Uganda law when it became publically that they had initially supported it and the Ugandan lawmaker who proposed it.

    Focus on the Family should be ashamed for spending $2.5M to air an ad during the Superbowl shoving their religious beliefs down America's throat when that money could have been used to help thousands of Haitians recover from the January earthquake. Some "Christians" they are....

    February 4, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    I am a pro life/choice Democrat.
    What that means to me is that, in principal, and if you asked me, I am against abortion. If you don't ask me, it's none of my business, women should have the choice, as a moral and legal issue in my mind.
    We cannot EVER REALLY know God's will, and each of us will, in the end, be judged... In spite of my best efforts, I can honestly say, that I do not know what the criteria for judgment is, with absolute certainty.

    This is America, if I were the Tebows, I might feel much as they do, they got a magnificent outcome, but there was no guarantee,
    They are certainly within their Constitutional Rights to express themselves, just as I am free to disagree with their course of action/expression, THAT is America 101.

    PLEASE, WINGNUTS be respectful.

    February 4, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. Average Joe

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

    Umm.... care to elaborate, Xuan Thai? That's pretty general and uninformative. If you don't explain the legitimacy (or lack thereof) of the connection, you shouldn't put it in the article. Otherwise, you're just throwing it out there to unprofessionally influence opinion.

    February 4, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. Dad of a Diabetic

    Tebow should visit a children's diabetic center, and look into the faces of uninsurable children. Tebow should know that if diabetic children do not recieve health insurance thru their parent's work, then health insurance companies will not allow their parents to buy health insurance for those children. Tebow should know that when the children he sees become young adults ,and go off of their parent's health insurance, then they will be uninsurable, and in many cases unemployable, because they would make a small business' health insurance premiums go thru the roof. After visiting a children's diabetic center, Tebow should visit a children's cancer center and see other uninsurable children. Then, Tebow should ask himself if he wants to support conservative christian groups that are fighting to keep sick children uninsurable.

    February 4, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. Paul

    Way to go Tim............Keep up the good work....

    February 4, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. james Boissoneau

    Praise the Lord, we have to believe the Lord is putting the men together for the problems we see up ahead. Only prayer can break down the evil that surrounds us all. God is faithful and forgiving, we must let the Lord have His way in our lives."I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ." This country was founded upon the Word of God, lets not forget that who ever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. We live in perilus days, Jesus could come back at any time now. If you doubt that, I'd think again, because you could be wrong. ThankYou Tim Tebow for standing up for righteousness, may many follow your faith and get to know Jesus Christ. He is very real, and full of Love. God Bless You All

    February 4, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. nynjct

    All my family are highly expected to watch the AD of Tim Tebow during the Superbowl Game. Tebow's testmony proofs that all precious childrens no matter what being retarted or smart come from God's gift.

    February 4, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. Anthony

    Whats ironic is Tebow and all his southern followers are the EXACT SAME PEOPLE (Palin-ites) who bashed Obama and continue to paint him as some commi-socialist-muslim who can do no right for this country with his left wing liberal agenda....

    No denying Tebows accomplishments (and eventual bust as an NFL pro) but he's gaining notoriety for his religious stances (and virginity), and is being celebrity at the White House for it. Um...

    I would have rather seen a separation of Church and State, as proposed by our for-fathers.

    February 4, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. Mar in Atlanta

    The great thing about Tim's story is that his Mom had a CHOICE. The government didn't tell her what she had to do, and things worked out great. Just as they did when my wife and I welcomed our youngest son, who has Down Syndrome, into our family. Thank God we live in a country where zealots are not allowed to make decisions that should be made by families.

    February 4, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. Mike Mundy, Houston, TX

    We support you and your Mom 100%!! Can't wait to see the ad on Sunday!

    February 4, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. Len (Colorado)

    The anti-abortion ad is pure manipulation. Mrs. Tebow had a choice and in her case in worked, which is great.
    But what does that have to do with a mother who is told that her child has a chromosomal condition that is inconsistant with life. Or, your child, wife, sister or another relative is a rape or incest victim. Or your 23 year old wife will die if we save the baby.

    The point is very simple, women and families should have the Right to Chose! Donot manipulate and make women and families feel guilty!

    February 4, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. Marc

    I will only hope that the beliefs of Tim and his mother will be given the same respect as those who are pro-abortion.

    February 4, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. Independent

    Perhaps the media could ask Mr. Tebow his position on the Uganda bill in order to distinguish his affiliations with Focus On "The Family" and the organization's sadly bigoted history towards innate orientation.

    February 4, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. lou

    NOW THAT'S BI-PARTISANSHIP! GO TEBOBAMA

    February 4, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  22. Jane Tierney

    Please remember, he was rolled over by the Tide!

    February 4, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  23. ELIZABETH GRONAGER

    TEBOW FOR PRESIDENT!

    February 4, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  24. pittsburgh bob

    respectable as a football player and leader on the field, but it ends there.

    February 4, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. C. Moeller

    I would be honored to call Tim Tebow amongst my friends and family! What a brave and wise young man he is!

    February 4, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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