As Super Bowl Sunday approached in February 2010, abortion advocacy groups were outraged over a television ad set to air during the big game. The Pro-life themed ad features the story of Heisman Trophy award winner, and Florida Gators quarterback, Tim Tebow. Tebow, who displayed Bible verses on his “eye black patches” during football games, has been outspoken about his faith, his desire to save himself for marriage, and his pro-life convictions. The source of the quarterback’s convictions make up the story behind the Super Bowl ad, and the controversy it has generated.
In 1987, Tebow’s mother Pam contracted amoebic dysentery in the Philippines while pregnant with her son. Her doctors recommended an abortion, but Pam Tebow chose to carry her baby to term. Tebow’s story has influenced a number of women to choose to carry their children to term. Abortion advocacy groups fear the impact the spot could have on millions of Super Bowl viewers if it airs. When asked about the controversy, Tebow replied, “I know some people won’t agree with (the ad), but I think they can at least respect that I stand up for what I believe and I’m never shy about that.” He added,” I don’t feel like I’m very preachy about it, but I do stand for what I believe. Unfortunately, in today’s society not many athletes tend to do that. So I’m just standing for something.”
--Tim Tebow Defends Pro-Life Super Bowl Ad under Fire, http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/jan/10012608.html; January 26, 2010, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell
Colossians 4:5-6 (CEV) “When you are with unbelievers, always make good use of the time. (6) Be pleasant and hold their interest when you speak the message. Choose your words carefully and be ready to give answers to anyone who asks questions.”