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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soundoff (309 Responses)
  1. Kevin in Ohio

    The intolerance of the ultra-left is amazing. This is a good, decent, normal, American, and yet he is attacked for his religious views and opinions. Do we not have Freedom of Religion in this nation, guaranteed by the Constitution? Or does the left only follow the Constitution when it is convenient and can be twisted towards its perverted viewpoint?

    February 4, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    Regarding the Tebow ad, I really doubt his mother's doctor recommended she get an abortion since it's been illegal in Philippines since 1930.

    My guess is she was told that since she was severely ill, that if she went into labor, they wouldn't stop her labor, given the risk to her own health.

    Anyway, CBS shouldn't air issue advocacy ads during a family event such as the Super Bowl, especially one that brings up such a divisive and sensitive topic as abortion.

    February 4, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. Kat

    God bless you Tim. You are an exceptional young man. Keep the faith.

    February 4, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Jennifer

    We can see the hand of God in your life, Tim. Keep your stand for God! Thank you for standing for what is right.

    February 4, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    He's praying that he doesn't get cut in the pros.

    February 4, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. Conservative Voice

    Keep going Tim...we love you!

    February 4, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Michaela

    Good for him. Last I heard, there was freedom of religion and freedom of expression in this country.

    February 4, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. Mike in Fla

    Tebow is an arrogant, self-righteous, hippocrite. There is no god. And if there were, he would not have a hand in your individual life, your football, nor your bulldogs v. gators buffoonery. I am ashamed that my President attends these ritualistic, separationist parayer breakfasts.

    February 4, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. Finally

    Love the message of true hope Tim and Hillary are sending. May one day all see life and adoption as the only CHOICE for every child's life.

    February 4, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. Stop taking my money Owhiner

    Sad day when a man who tries to do the right thing is attacked by the left, who believes an abortion is a terrible thing to waste. We can all wish there parents would have made a different decision.

    February 4, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. Democrat dude is Ohio

    Like everyone he has a right to expresss his opinions.

    Get off his back !!!

    February 4, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. WpBill

    This guy should stick to football.

    February 4, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. Tim

    I cannot wait to hear the news story of his fall and him getting caught snorting blow off a Vegas hooker's behind.

    February 4, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. aware

    Bravo Tebow and thumbs down to Obama.

    The irritating, whining POTUS doesn't have an ounce of graciousness, wisdom or humility! :(

    February 4, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. Victory Gin

    *rolls eyes in disgust*
    Tebow is a nimrod.

    February 4, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. Wisconsonite

    Is it just me or does the line between church and state seem to be getting more & more blurred these days???

    February 4, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. J.Crobuzon

    Isn't Uganda where they actually eat their political enemies? And did anyone check where the ham and bacon came from for the breakfast?

    February 4, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. Chris Samples

    I am a life long football observer. Because of CBS's decision to air the Tim Tiebow ad, I will not be watching the Super Bowl this year.

    February 4, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. Barbara

    Let me get this straight. Obama's National Prayer Breakfast was organized by a controversial anti-gay group? I don't think so. What I think is that the media is trying to stir up trouble on BOTH sides. Shame on CNN!

    February 4, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  20. Mike

    uhbama is never one to pass on a free breakfast.

    February 4, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  21. B E in TN

    PLEASE!!!! IS TEBOW REPLACING SARAH??????? THIS IS NOT NEWSWORTHY!!!

    February 4, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  22. Jeff

    It is interesting how a simple stand on a principal gives heat in an arena that lacks integrity all around (both political and professional athletes)

    Shouldn't we applaud student athletes who show good moral stances whether you agree or don't, and shouldn't we applaud integrity to belief and principal ?

    Instead of writing in a manner that applauds our freedoms to stand out, and our admiration for a man who at least is willing to lay out his beliefs, you write as if he is a controversy.

    Also, a prayer breakfast is not a political spotlight as you stated.... it is a prayer breakfast. We do exercise freedom of religion in this country, and just because it is attended politically, you seem to want to equate a respectful moment toward God as political.

    Please slow down on your media spin on everything. It grows tiresome.

    February 4, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  23. Chris Samples

    I am a life long football observer/nut. Because of CBS"s decision to air the Tim Tebow ad, I will not be watching the Super Bowl this year.

    February 4, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  24. Jack

    There was a time, I lived through, ,when women died because of back alley abortions because abortion was illegal. Then there are the horror stories of children growing up in cold, inhuman orphanages. I guess conservatives would love to return us to those dark days. You want to prevent abortion? Fund sex-education and supply birth control to those teens who are sexually active. No, conservatives want to deny birth control AND abortion.

    February 4, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. G Wheeler

    It's amazing how terrified all of these NOW women are of this simple 30 second commercial. Lord forbid a woman chose not to have an abortion because of it. I wouldn't want to be in these women's shoes on their judgement day.

    February 4, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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