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. BB

    It's great his mother had a CHOICE. That's the whole point....
    Pro-Choice...duh.
    "Thou shalt not judge"....people's choices are private matters,
    it's a private choice and absolutly no ones choice but the
    Mother's and she is free to choose, People need to mind their
    own business and worry about themselves, not about a choice
    someone who they don't even know makes, which is none of their concern to begin with.
    People can spin their so called "righteousness" and they can do
    whatever they want in their own lives, but not in mine, my sister's , my daughter's, my mother's, my grandaughter's, my niece...the women
    in my life are free to choose in their own private lives.
    Time and money would be better spent if all these concerned people in the Pro-Life column would finally, once and for all, empty our Orphanages and adopt the unwanted, unloved, abused, neglected, etc...children, once they all have homes and are fed, clothed, loved, educated, etc...and we save the Government Billions of dollars that is spent to cared for these children, maybe then they can once again take up their "Pro-Life" cause....which in the end will never ever take a woman's right to choose anyhow.

    February 4, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. Apu Whopooped

    Tim Tebow's qualifications to have political influence are (1) he is good at football and (2) he is a religious lunatic. I sure hope he becomes a Congressman, we don't have nearly enough of those people since Steve Largent left.

    Tebow should be ignored like the rest of his illiterate teammates.

    February 4, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. Ricardo

    This is a great guy. Tebow is a row model. How many young guys with a good message are on the media? Only him. All of those that opose his ideas being transmited on TV should stay away and think who they prefer their children to follow, Tebow or Adam Lambert?, Leif Garret?, Britney?

    Ricardo, Mexico City.

    February 4, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. Jeff in Virginia

    An anti-choice troglodyte joins a breakfast full of anti-choice troglodytes, and it's news.

    February 4, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. CTSadler

    He should link up with the Tea-bag movement. Lord knows he has no place in the NFL.

    February 4, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Speak up for many who did not have a strong minded mother like you. Or those whose mothers' strong minds led them in the opposite direction. Thanks and God bless.

    February 4, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. guest

    First of all...Isakson is a senator, not a representative....get it right CNN. Secondly, everyone critizing Tebow seems to forget that he has a right to free speech. Just because he isn't saying what you want him to say doesn't give you the right to moan about it.

    February 4, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. Ash

    Tim Tebow's mom made a "choice" of having her baby inspite of the risk involved. This choice and freedom that the law permits currently is what allowed her to make a choice. Imagine a law that is passed, which will make it illegal to abort if its a serious risk to the mothers life. Are we willing to become a heartless society which says that its fine to sacrifice a womens life for a new born. Where is the nations conscience...How different will this country be from an afghanistan or fundamentalist country where women have been reduced to being a man'/ govenment' property

    February 4, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. Jackalope

    What, is this clown the new "Joe the Plumber" for the teabaggers?

    February 4, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. Don

    On his first full day in office, Obama signed an executive order that permitted international non-profits receiving federal dollars to promote abortion world-wide, greatly expanding the federal role in promoting abortion. Please pray that Obama would start making decisions based on ethical values, rather than pure political pragmatism. I'm sorry that a true Christian such as Tim Tebow gives any credence to a shallow humanist such as Obama.

    February 4, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  11. Dylan from Minneapolis Minnesnowta

    Tebow joked, "It is rather incredible that a Georgia Bulldog invited a Florida Gator, so you can see the hand of God here."

    Someone wrote that for him and it's not funny...just sayin'. : )

    February 4, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. Mrs. S Callahan

    Who's selling the Tedrow shirts..I want one...this guy has 'real' character! CBS has to be lovin' this....I think this is going to mark history with more woman and children watching the Super Bowl, along with hubbies and Daddies......Hoot!

    February 4, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. Lee in TN

    This young man is a class act!

    February 4, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. Chipster

    ". . . . his mother Pam recounting the decision to continue her pregnancy" So, you're saying she had a CHOICE? Isn't it nice that the Constitution protects her right to make that choice?

    I'm sure many people prefer adoption over choice but a woman has the right to decide for herself which choice is best for her. Some would regret an abortion, some would regret wondering where their child is for the rest of their lives, others may regret having the child – especially if they are abandoned, abused, or victims or rape or incest. That's why it's such a personal choice.

    I'm happy for Ms. Tebow that she was happy with her choice and that the choice was hers to make.

    February 4, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. Tony

    Everyone has their preference and opinion, but it is not for any one person to say what another can do with their own body and that which is inside it. I personally oppose abortion except in life-threatening cases, however I do not fault someone else for getting one or supporting it. We can all make our own decisions as adults and don't need others making them for us.

    February 4, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. Texas Doc

    He cried like a little girl when Alabama beat him.

    February 4, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. Ben in Texas

    Another knot-headed football player for Jesus and the Repugnant party. Obviously a sign of early dementia brought on by too many hits to the noggin.

    February 4, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. Susan

    The Fellowship Foundation needs to have their tax free status investigated. They have their slimy hands in a lot of pots that have nothing to do with God. And this National Prayer Breakfast is a sham...it's a fundraiser for the C Street hoodlums.

    February 4, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  19. Outsider92

    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."

    Maybe they can run the same type of ad with Jeffrey Dahmer's mom.

    February 4, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  20. Peggy - TX

    . 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.

    And if the fundamentalist have it their way, the state would intervene and remove the right for Pam to have made that decision. They would throw women in jail for having abortions. They would arrest women and have then restrained to prevent them from having abortions, and then take away their children.

    But is a preacher tells you that God wants that law and that a vote for so and so is against GOD, then many understandable do what their preacher wants and it is understandable that some unscrupulous politicians will take advantage of such sentiments. Preachers have been saying for years that unless the law is changed, God will exact revenge of the US.

    Although I respect a Preachers rights to be political, I also think that these self proclaimed voices of GOD who use their power to further a political agenda are simply false prophets. There is Zero support for their position in the Bible. In fact, there is zero support for the position of the Pope. If they truly followed the teaching of Jesus they would work to provide good medical care to the poor, but the fact is many of these so-called Christians are motivated only by fear and self preservation when they work to impose their religious views on others.

    February 4, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. Donkey Party

    Great, another religious fanatical Right-winger. Sorry Tim Teabag, can't help but air some frustration when people like you claim the "hand of God" was involved.

    February 4, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. Robert Mack

    Excellent article. We need more of this type of reporting.

    February 4, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. Tea Party Patriot

    All we want is . . .
    1. The Bible which is the word of God to be taught in all schools
    2. No more government handouts for Social Security or Medicare- privatize it, like Congressman Ryan wants.
    3. Cut Taxes for all WORKING Americans.
    4. Stop helping poor people with government handouts. That's charity and its for the church to do, not with my taxes
    5. No more illiegals taking away our jobs
    6. No socialized health takeover. I want to chose my doctor. I can pay for my health care and I don't want to pay for yours.

    America needs to return to the good old days when we relied on ourselves and not on stupid government programs.

    February 4, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  24. Coco

    Maybe they should include in the ad the stories of all of the kids that were born that were unwanted that did not end up being superstar football players...

    February 4, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. Marie MD

    The hand of God? Do these people ever do anything just because?
    Everything happens because some bearded guy in heaven wants it to happen.
    BTW – you are going to need someone to hold your hand while you benchwarm if you are drafted.
    From what I have seen of your play you are going to need a lot of hel from somewhre!.

    February 4, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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