The gutsiest QB in the Super Bowl may be …

posted at 10:12 am on January 26, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

There are few athletes as visible as starting NFL quarterbacks, on or off the field.  The league protects them from injury, sponsors throw cash them, and they get most of the attention from broadcasters looking for commentary, even after the QBs have hung up the cleats.  The two quarterbacks in this year’s Super Bowl are no exceptions.  Peyton Manning has a mini-empire of endorsements, while Drew Brees has emerged as a rallying point and morale leader for the renaissance of New Orleans, and both do good work in their communities.  They’ve had to dodge defenses all year long to make it to the final game, but a quarterback who has yet to sign his first NFL contract may be dodging heavier criticism by the end of the game:

He’s not even in the NFL yet, but former University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is making a starring appearance at the 2010 Super Bowl in Miami.

While the Indianapolis Colts’ Peyton Manning and the New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees will be the quarterbacks on the field, the Heisman Trophy-winning college star will appear with his mother, Pam, on TV in an ad for the pro-life Christian group Focus on the Family that will air during the game.

The 30-second ad’s theme is “Celebrate Family, Celebrate Life” and a Focus on the Family press release said the Tebows agreed to the ad because “the issue of life is one they feel strongly about.” As a result, the ad is widely expected to focus on Mrs. Tebow’s pregnancy with Tim, when she was encouraged by doctors to abort him.

Reportedly, CBS approved the ad because it doesn’t make an explicit political argument.  Instead, it will tell the story of how Mrs. Tebow contracted amoebic dysentery while pregnant with Tim, and had to take harsh antibiotics in order to rescue her from her coma.  Her doctors assured her that her child would be either stillborn or unable to survive long after birth and encouraged her to get an abortion.  Instead, she decided to go full term with her pregnancy, and Tim Tebow was the result.

LaShawn Barber can’t wait to see the commercial — and the reaction:

America will see Tim Tebow (who wears “John 3:16” on his eyeblack) and his mother during the Super Bowl next month. They’ll deliver a pro-life message in a commercial sponsored by Focus on the Family. Naturally, pro-aborts are having a collective hissy fit. “Shut up and play ball!”

This country needs more young Christian men like Tebow, men who stand for what’s right and don’t cave to peer pressure. Young people struggling to live the Christian life (yes, Christians do struggle!) could use a few high-profile Christians bucking the system and risking ridicule. If he decides to go public with a sexually- abstinent-until-marriage message, even better.

I received one hint of the reaction yesterday in an e-mail for a post on the hysterical-Left site AlterNet, which framed the ad as “Football Player Tim Tebow on What Should Happen in Your Womb” — without either of us, of course, having seen the ad or the script.  The description sounds much more like personal testimony than political harangue, and perhaps that’s why there will be such outrage over it.  It’s very hard to dispute the fact that Tim Tebow isn’t stillborn, isn’t damaged, and that his parents’ faith allowed them to make the right decision and take a chance on life.

Expect to see this kind of hysterical criticism reach a crescendo when the ad airs, and then a quick deflation afterward.  It’s just another form of advertising, after all, but instead of a new beer or bar of soap, it advertises faith in a personal and indisputable manner.  Personal witness is the most powerful form of testimony that there is, and the most effective … which, again, is why we see the reaction that just the idea of it generates.

Tebow might have calculated that an NFL career is fraught with risk, and that his initial contract (which will be eight figures) could be his last due to untimely injury.  Keeping his mouth shut may have allowed him to fully exploit the arena of personal endorsements, while making such a public stand on a contentious issue like abortion may very well cost him money in the short (and perhaps long) run.  Tebow made a gutsy call on the biggest national stage outside of an election that he could possibly choose.  Maybe that alone will have people listening to Tebow instead of dismissing him, much as his mother’s doctors did.


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I need one person, just one, to explain to me how women can be pro-abortion.

Anybody.

uknowmorethanme on January 26, 2010 at 10:14 AM

May God continue to bless Tim and his Mom.

kingsjester on January 26, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Tim Tebow Saves America.

Or whatever the name is. ;-)

Abby Adams on January 26, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Tim Tebow for President

faraway on January 26, 2010 at 10:16 AM

“Celebrate Family, Celebrate Life”

The fact that this statement could be controversial is pretty pathetic.

forest on January 26, 2010 at 10:16 AM

The usual hustlers will say Tebow doesn’t have NFL values or something.

SouthernGent on January 26, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Who said he was paid for this ad?

faraway on January 26, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Good–let the NAGs protest and have a hissy fit. Focuc on the Family couldn’t buy better advertising than that. Now even more people will tune in to see what all the fuss is.

Beaglemom on January 26, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Will Tim Tebow cry in this commercial like he did after the loss to Alabama in the SEC Champiionship game?

Enquiry minds want to know.

Phil-351 on January 26, 2010 at 10:18 AM

What a great message from two great role models: Tim and his mom. God bless them.

cubachi on January 26, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Actual controvery and Fake controvery are different things.

Celebrate Family, Celebrate Life is only controversial to those who need to create controversy in order to push their immoral agenda.

uknowmorethanme on January 26, 2010 at 10:18 AM

If Tebow actually practices abstinence until marriage, he has more self-control than the Dalai Lama and we should probably just install him as Emperor for Life because he’s obviously the most awesome human being ever.

Even if he doesn’t, his life story is pretty damn amazing.

Good Solid B-Plus on January 26, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Focus not Focuc.

Beaglemom on January 26, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Awesome! Way to go Tebow! How you have an awesome career in the NFL!

deidre on January 26, 2010 at 10:19 AM

I hope Tebow finishes well. Anyway, good on him for walking the walk.

spmat on January 26, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Sad but true commentary on the state of society when taking a pro-life stance is considered “gutsy”.

sheesh on January 26, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Tim Tebow is a role model for kids.

Can’t really think of any others in sports. Arod? Manny? McGwire? Tiger?

faraway on January 26, 2010 at 10:19 AM

As an alumna of another SEC school, Tebow drove me nuts for 4 years at Florida. But I didn’t know until I read about this ad that his mother had been encouraged to abort him. Now I guess I have to admire him! ;-)

rockmom on January 26, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Tebow better have his house in order. The politics of personal destruction will be in full effect after this. One picture at a college party and we will hear, “oooooh, he is such a hypocrite!!!”

Chubbs65 on January 26, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Reminds me of the ad about a certain person that was not terminated in the womb of an unmarried teenage mother.

WashJeff on January 26, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Tebow looks like the actor Jeremy Renner from “The Hurt Locker”.

Bishop on January 26, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Can’t really think of any others in sports. Arod? Manny? McGwire? Tiger?

faraway on January 26, 2010 at 10:19 AM

There’s lots of them, they just aren’t all superstars. Curtis Granderson, for one.

Good Solid B-Plus on January 26, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Props to Tebow for speaking out like this for pro-lifers. As an adamant ani-abortion guy myself, I couldn’t agree more.

Just wish he could have found a better group than FotF to front for tho. Not a big fan of theirs.

JetBoy on January 26, 2010 at 10:21 AM

He’s masculine, he competes, he usually wins and doesn’t make excuses when he loses, and he has a positive attitude toward life.

Liberals just gotta hate this guy.

forest on January 26, 2010 at 10:21 AM

I fully expect the NFL Hierarchy (with a little push from DC) to try to pull a “Rush” on this commercial and get it yanked before it’s aired.

kingsjester on January 26, 2010 at 10:21 AM

uknowmorethanme on January 26, 2010 at 10:14 AM

A woman is scared and pressured. She does what she thinks she has to and then spends the rest of her life trying to justify what she did. That’s pretty much how it happens. Denial is a very, very powerful emotional force.

That’s why the story of Sarah Palin and Pam Tebow is so threatening to these women. It reveals that they did have the very thing they say they espouse – choice. They made the bad choice, and like Lady MacBeth they will forever be washing their hands to try to get the blood off.

justincase on January 26, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Tebow better have his house in order. The politics of personal destruction will be in full effect after this. One picture at a college party and we will hear, “oooooh, he is such a hypocrite!!!”

Chubbs65 on January 26, 2010 at 10:19 AM

That is exactly what I was thinking.

sammypants on January 26, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Can’t really think of any others in sports. Arod? Manny? McGwire? Tiger?

faraway on January 26, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Maybe become a hockey fan? There’s a few animals playing, but most of the players are good guys.

forest on January 26, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Redskins QB Tim Tebow, just to rub it in more.

Trusser13 on January 26, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Awesome both on and off the field.

Crusader Rabbit on January 26, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Abby Adams on January 26, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Ty. He really is a great guy. This moniker isn’t Rex Grossman saves America, but a player who’s truly outstanding for his intangibles. Maybe SouthernGent/theothermccain and all the other callow haters will final appreciate what he bring to the table instead of football.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on January 26, 2010 at 10:24 AM

I need one person, just one, to explain to me how women can be pro-abortion.

Anybody.

uknowmorethanme on January 26, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Easy.

Selfishness.

CDeb on January 26, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Tebow sounds like a stand up guy. Him and the Waterboy. Now let’s all have some high quality H2O…

chicagojedi on January 26, 2010 at 10:25 AM

The left is hysterical because it is afraid the ad will be effective. I’m praying that it will be. Imagine the life of another little Timmy out there being saved just because of this ad.

NebCon on January 26, 2010 at 10:25 AM

So, I guess the lefties prefer a “guns in the locker room” sort of guy??! Or athletes that kill their pregnant girlfriends to eliminate the “problem”??! I don’t want my team to draft Tebow simply because I’m not convinced that he’s an NFL type QB, but kudos to him for standing up for his beliefs!

atlgal on January 26, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Finally I’ll have something I want to talk about in the next day discussion of Super Bowl commercials.

myrenovations on January 26, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Shut up and play ball?Really???How bout last year and during the campaign,we had to endure, thru clenched fists I might add,the commercials and speeches o made before ballgames?Their double standards make me sick.

I for one,am praying,that this ad does not get dropped due to PC!

ohiobabe on January 26, 2010 at 10:26 AM

It’s very hard to dispute the fact that Tim Tebow isn’t stillborn, isn’t damaged, and that his parents’ faith allowed them to make the right decision and take a chance on life.

Pro-choice groups don’t want to have to give up this kind of ground on the argument. Once you admit that an unborn child is a human being the argument becomes one of whether or not it’s ok to kill another human as long as it’s growing inside you.

Calling an unborn baby a clump of cells keeps the moral aspects of the argument out of sight and out of mind.

BadgerHawk on January 26, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Ty. He really is a great guy. This moniker isn’t Rex Grossman saves America, but a player who’s truly outstanding for his intangibles. Maybe SouthernGent/theothermccain and all the other callow haters will final appreciate what he bring to the table instead of football.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on January 26, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Am I allowed to appreciate him for what he is while still believing that he simply doesn’t have the arm to be a solid NFL QB?

Good Solid B-Plus on January 26, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Tebow better have his house in order. The politics of personal destruction will be in full effect after this. One picture at a college party and we will hear, “oooooh, he is such a hypocrite!!!”
Chubbs65 on January 26, 2010 at 10:19 AM

It’s impossible for anyone to ever be perfectly righteous.

But it’s ridiculously easy to be SELF-righteous. That’s why nothing any liberal does can ever be “wrong” in the eyse of his own personal God.

logis on January 26, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Props to Tebow for speaking out like this for pro-lifers. As an adamant ani-abortion guy myself, I couldn’t agree more.

Just wish he could have found a better group than FotF to front for tho. Not a big fan of theirs.

JetBoy on January 26, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Why does that not surprise me ;)!! They do great work, even if you don’t agree with them 100%. Perhaps he’s a big fan of theirs which is why he decided to do the comercial for them.

deidre on January 26, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Tebow better have his house in order. The politics of personal destruction will be in full effect after this. One picture at a college party and we will hear, “oooooh, he is such a hypocrite!!!”

Chubbs65 on January 26, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Well LaShawn Barber has it right. Nobody is perfect and Christians that do their best to talk the talk and walk the walk make it a point to point out that they themselves are not perfect and are sinners and have issues like everyone else.

What’s so stupid about the left is that they claim moral superiority because since they don’t have any morals, they can’t be hypocrites, which has to be the most deluded and sad thing I’ve ever heard.

MobileVideoEngineer on January 26, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Reminds me of the ad about a certain person that was not terminated in the womb of an unmarried teenage mother.

WashJeff on January 26, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Can’t get to that from work but I know exactly what it is. That ad is powerful, no matter what your political leanings are.

BadgerHawk on January 26, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Will Tim Tebow cry in this commercial like he did after the loss to Alabama in the SEC Champiionship game?

Enquiry minds want to know.

Phil-351 on January 26, 2010 at 10:18 AM

So lame. Aren’t you embarrassed?

Bugler on January 26, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Will Tim Tebow cry in this commercial like he did after the loss to Alabama in the SEC Champiionship game?

Phil-351 on January 26, 2010 at 10:18 AM

You believe that showing his humanity somehow lessens the impact of his argument?

MarkTheGreat on January 26, 2010 at 10:29 AM

I need one person, just one, to explain to me how women can be pro-abortion.

Anybody.

uknowmorethanme on January 26, 2010 at 10:14 AM

When they are programmed to regard pregnancy as a “parasite” that gets in their way of having their own life, that’s how.

I have said before that if my teenage daughter were raped and became pregnant, I’d beg her to have the child and give it up for adoption. That is how strongly I feel about this issue.

Wanderlust on January 26, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Does anyone know if Focus on the Family is paying standard rates for this ad?

Jimbo3 on January 26, 2010 at 10:30 AM

The NY Fishwrap has a story on this today. The major opponents urging C-BS to pull the ad are the usual suspects-NOW, the Women’s Media Center, and The Feminist Majority.

The protest letter from the Women’s Media Center suggested that CBS should have turned down the ad in part because it was conceived by Focus on the Family.

”By offering one of the most coveted advertising spots of the year to an anti-equality, anti-choice, homophobic organization, CBS is aligning itself with a political stance that will damage its reputation, alienate viewers, and discourage consumers from supporting its shows and advertisers,” the letter said.

Terry O’Neill, the president of the National Organization for Women, said she had respect for the private choices made by women such as Pam Tebow but condemned the planned ad as ”extraordinarily offensive and demeaning.”

”That’s not being respectful of other people’s lives,” O’Neill said. ”It is offensive to hold one way out as being a superior way over everybody else’s.”

Of course, Ms. O’Neill forgets that she already advocates one way (pro-choice) as being a superior way over everybody else’s.

And it gets even funnier

A national columnist for CBSSports.com, Gregg Doyel, also objected to the CBS decision to show the ad, specifically because it would air on Super Sunday.

”If you’re a sports fan, and I am, that’s the holiest day of the year,” he wrote. ”It’s not a day to discuss abortion. For it, against it, I don’t care what you are. On Super Sunday, I don’t care what I am. Feb. 7 is simply not the day to have that discussion.”

Del Dolemonte on January 26, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Unless this commercial has Tebow screaming that “Abortion is Murder!!!” at the top of his lungs, I don’t see how anyone could be offended by it. Obviously I don’t have the script, as Ed already said. But from the many descriptions I’ve read of it so far, it sounds just like Ed says: a personal testimony from people who’ve been there.

Isn’t part of having a “choice” knowing what your options are? If you choose to abort, there’s a possibility that you’ll be killing off the kind of talent and potential that Tebow has in abundance. People forget about that when they’re arguing about “controlling my body”.

Personally, I would argue that every aborted baby is a waste. Everyone is unique and has talent and potential of their own. Everyone deserves a chance to live and try to meet their potential. Which is why it’s so tragic when another person decides to snuff out that life before its time.

mrflibbleisvryx on January 26, 2010 at 10:31 AM

You believe that showing his humanity somehow lessens the impact of his argument?

MarkTheGreat on January 26, 2010 at 10:29 AM

No, just trying to lighten the mood. Why so serious?

Phil-351 on January 26, 2010 at 10:32 AM

I need one person, just one, to explain to me how women can be pro-abortion.

uknowmorethanme on January 26, 2010 at 10:14 AM

A few women — the really radical feminists — support abortion out of a sort of quasi-religious zeal. But that is the exception. The stories we hear in my church, from the director of our local crisis pregnancy center, are very consistent. Young, vulnerable pregnant woman, wanting to keep the baby but under intense pressure from everyone she knows to solve the problem via abortion. When the center’s counselor brings up alternatives, the woman says “you’re the only one who has told me I don’t have to have an abortion.” This scenario plays out time and time again.

jwolf on January 26, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Will Tim Tebow cry in this commercial like he did after the loss to Alabama in the SEC Champiionship game?

Enquiry minds want to know.

Phil-351 on January 26, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Does your mother know you’re using her computer?

RadClown on January 26, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Props to Tebow for speaking out like this for pro-lifers. As an adamant ani-abortion guy myself, I couldn’t agree more.

Just wish he could have found a better group than FotF to front for tho. Not a big fan of theirs.

JetBoy on January 26, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Look for lefties to use FOTF as a way to connect the dots and make the Tebow’s story political.

conservative pilgrim on January 26, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Tebow better make it on the field, ’cause we can see that hewing to a conservative position off-the-field means he’ll never be able to buy a team.

ChrisB on January 26, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Naturally, pro-aborts are having a collective hissy fit. “Shut up and play ball!”

I received one hint of the reaction yesterday in an e-mail for a post on the hysterical-Left site AlterNet, which framed the ad as “Football Player Tim Tebow on What Should Happen in Your Womb” — without either of us, of course, having seen the ad or the script.

–Gee, seems like Ed and La Shawn are doing their part to demonize all pro-aborts/pro-choice people on the basis of a few people’s reaction to this ad.

Jimbo3 on January 26, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Tebow doesn’t need to play a down in the NFL to be a success in life. I guess those who might criticize him also would blast players for joining together to pray after a game.

JammieWearingFool on January 26, 2010 at 10:33 AM

I fully expect the NFL Hierarchy (with a little push from DC) to try to pull a “Rush” on this commercial and get it yanked before it’s aired.

kingsjester on January 26, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Maybe they should just ban him from the league for being “controversial”.

forest on January 26, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Does anyone know if Focus on the Family is paying standard rates for this ad?

Jimbo3 on January 26, 2010 at 10:30 AM

I’m more interested in what Tebow’s being paid/ not paid.

BadgerHawk on January 26, 2010 at 10:34 AM

A few tears of gratefulness to his mom for following her beliefs and keeping this precious little one? It follows suit that when you don’t have a clue about what you stand on you will ridicule.

ohiobabe on January 26, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Will Tim Tebow cry in this commercial like he did after the loss to Alabama in the SEC Champiionship game?

Phil-351 on January 26, 2010 at 10:18 AM

I hope he makes liberals cry.

ChrisB on January 26, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Good Solid B-Plus on January 26, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Very good question. You hear that because of his throwing motion and release time, he’ll be a disaster in the NFL. However, he has been compared to McNab, Rivers and Young–supposedly flawed QBs. He’s a feast or famine guy for sure, but his leadership intangibles are through the roof. He willed the Gators to victory a great many times. A Rex Grossman or Jesse Palmer could never do that. I think a good fit for him would be the Vikings. Favre only has 1-3 years left. Harvin’s there. And that’s a team known for taking risks.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on January 26, 2010 at 10:34 AM

CDeb at 10:25AM

I think there are studies showing that the vast majority (somewhere in the 90% range) of women who abort do so because somebody else is pressuring them – their parents, the baby’s father, or the clinic worker or school counselor.

It’s fear and peer pressure – all at a time when hormones are making her an emotional wreck as well. Women are vulnerable at that time. That’s why the people who are supposed to be protecting her are so guilty when they take advantage of her weakness.

I’m sure there are women who make the choice out of callousness. Especially considering that many abortions are repeat abortions – like the woman is a chronic repeat offender. But most women, I think, are just doing what they’re told. And then they live with it, telling themselves over and over again how stupid they were and how they don’t deserve to be loved.

People who work with women’s prison ministry have found that the vast majority (again, the estimates are in the 90% range) of incarcerated women have had abortions, and when they look at their own history notice that their life of dangerous behavior and crime began as a response to the abortion. The abortion killed a part of their heart and they are committing slow suicide – a slow abortion of their own life.

An abortion is one dead and one wounded.

justincase on January 26, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Nice idea, but as said above, there had better be no pics of him at *horrors* a college party where there was actually a keg present. And you can bet the farm that the left and all abortion groups are scouring everything trying to find something.

Not sure if they still do this but the military used to (1980-1981 when our son was born) have mandatory abortion counseling for any service woman who got pregnant. They called it some fancy name like womens rights counseling or some BS like that. But my wife and I both had to sign documents stating that we had been counseled on all of our options and we elected not to have her get an abortion.

Johnnyreb on January 26, 2010 at 10:34 AM

–Gee, seems like Ed and La Shawn are doing their part to demonize all pro-aborts/pro-choice people on the basis of a few people’s reaction to this ad.

Jimbo3 on January 26, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Care to provide us with a counter-example, Jimbo? A pro-choice group that has publically stated it has no objection to this ad being run during the Super Bowl? A rational, cogent argument for why it shouldn’t be allowed?

Good Solid B-Plus on January 26, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Does anyone know if Focus on the Family is paying standard rates for this ad?

Jimbo3 on January 26, 2010 at 10:30 AM
I’m more interested in what Tebow’s being paid/ not paid.

BadgerHawk on January 26, 2010 at 10:34 AM

–I’d be surprised if he or his mother is getting paid–and I’d think less of him if he was.

Jimbo3 on January 26, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Does anyone know if Focus on the Family is paying standard rates for this ad?

Jimbo3 on January 26, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Do you seriously believe CBS is giving them a discount?! No, I don’t know, but why are you even bringing this up?

jwolf on January 26, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Personal witness is the most powerful form of testimony that there is, and the most effective

If you say so. Personally to my ears, such “testimony” just sounds like any other witch doctor rattling bones. That said, I see no problem with Tebow etc, airing a commercial to sell gawd or to sell an anti-abortion message or to sell fluffier TP. I’ll just take it as a reminder to grab another cold one while he’s “witnessing.”

MJBrutus on January 26, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Of course, Ms. O’Neill forgets that she already advocates one way (pro-choice) as being a superior way over everybody else’s.

Del Dolemonte on January 26, 2010 at 10:31 AM

She isn’t pro-choice, but rather pro-abortion. If she was really pro-choice, she wouldn’t be afraid of “the other side”.

ladyingray on January 26, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Very good question. You hear that because of his throwing motion and release time, he’ll be a disaster in the NFL. However, he has been compared to McNab, Rivers and Young–supposedly flawed QBs. He’s a feast or famine guy for sure, but his leadership intangibles are through the roof. He willed the Gators to victory a great many times. A Rex Grossman or Jesse Palmer could never do that. I think a good fit for him would be the Vikings. Favre only has 1-3 years left. Harvin’s there. And that’s a team known for taking risks.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on January 26, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Yup! He’d do great at the Vikings, and the Vikings definitely will be looking for a QB. He can study a few years under Favre if he decides to return for another shot. I think they need to make a few trades to get Tebow (perhaps trade known fumbler AP).

deidre on January 26, 2010 at 10:36 AM

uknowmorethanme on January 26, 2010 at 10:14 AM

I’m amazed at that myself. Kudos to Tebow and his mother for appearing in the ad, and props to CBS for actually airing it. I’m very much anti-abortion, and it sickens me to know that millions of lives have been snuffed out over the last few decades.

changer1701 on January 26, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Gee, seems like Ed and La Shawn are doing their part to demonize all pro-aborts/pro-choice people on the basis of a few people’s reaction to this ad.

Jimbo3 on January 26, 2010 at 10:33 AM
Care to provide us with a counter-example, Jimbo? A pro-choice group that has publically stated it has no objection to this ad being run during the Super Bowl? A rational, cogent argument for why it shouldn’t be allowed?

Good Solid B-Plus on January 26, 2010 at 10:35 AM

–You have three women’s groups who have made statements. How does that qualify as being representative of pro-choice people?

Jimbo3 on January 26, 2010 at 10:37 AM

–I’d be surprised if he or his mother is getting paid–and I’d think less of him if he was.

Jimbo3 on January 26, 2010 at 10:35 AM

I wouldn’t think less of them if they were compensated for their time and travel. But I’d definitely think more highly of them if they were doing all this for free, simply because they thought it was the right thing to do.

BadgerHawk on January 26, 2010 at 10:37 AM

No, just trying to lighten the mood. Why so serious?

Phil-351 on January 26, 2010 at 10:32 AM
//
It’s a good thing your mom didn’t abort you,we would miss your arguments on here.

ohiobabe on January 26, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Phil-351 on January 26, 2010 at 10:18 AM

You are an a$$! I nominate you for poster child for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome…

lovingmyUSA on January 26, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Does anyone know if Focus on the Family is paying standard rates for this ad?

Jimbo3 on January 26, 2010 at 10:30 AM
Do you seriously believe CBS is giving them a discount?! No, I don’t know, but why are you even bringing this up?

jwolf on January 26, 2010 at 10:36 AM

–Networks sometimes give non-profits a break on ad rates.

Jimbo3 on January 26, 2010 at 10:38 AM

hmmm… I wonder if this commercial will make the Top 10 Super Bowl ads list?

faraway on January 26, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Not knowing anything about sports in general and football in particular I say Tim and his mother are winners all the way around.

fourdeucer on January 26, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Will Tim Tebow cry in this commercial like he did after the loss to Alabama in the SEC Champiionship game?

Enquiry minds want to know.

Phil-351 on January 26, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Tebow would break you in half being the little insecure man you obviously are. Bet you would never say that to his face, white trash. Sorry you have guy issues, maybe your dad will turn up someday.

And the phrase is “inquiring minds” you uneducated hick.

ClassicCon on January 26, 2010 at 10:39 AM

I’d be surprised if he or his mother is getting paid–and I’d think less of him if he was.

Jimbo3 on January 26, 2010 at 10:35 AM
I wouldn’t think less of them if they were compensated for their time and travel. But I’d definitely think more highly of them if they were doing all this for free, simply because they thought it was the right thing to do.

BadgerHawk on January 26, 2010 at 10:37 AM

–Clearly, paying for travel and related stuff is fine. Time? I’m not so sure about. It’s not like he’s got a paying job that he has to miss while in school.

Jimbo3 on January 26, 2010 at 10:40 AM

–You have three women’s groups who have made statements. How does that qualify as being representative of pro-choice people?

Jimbo3 on January 26, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Like I said, present the counter-example. Show me the pro-choice advocate who either A. is fine with the ad or B. has a rational explanation for why it shouldn’t be aired beyond talking points and venom.

Good Solid B-Plus on January 26, 2010 at 10:41 AM

I am now a fan. It is not even his stance on the issue itself, but the balls and conviction it takes to express it in this context that impresses me most.

~applause~

Metro on January 26, 2010 at 10:41 AM

–You have three women’s groups who have made statements. How does that qualify as being representative of pro-choice people?

Jimbo3 on January 26, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Um are you that deluded? These are THE groups that claim to speak for pro-abortion/pro-choice people.

MobileVideoEngineer on January 26, 2010 at 10:41 AM

The MSM will not wait on any actual embarrassing pics of Tebow. They will use the Palin template and just make things up.

faraway on January 26, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Networks sometimes give non-profits a break on ad rates.

Jimbo3 on January 26, 2010 at 10:38 AM

OK, I’ll confess my ignorance on this point, but again, why bring it up? Apparently it would be perfectly acceptable business practice for CBS either to charge full rate or some lesser amount. So why does it matter?

jwolf on January 26, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Selfishness.

CDeb on January 26, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Not always. There truly is a lot of pressure on women to abort when they’re in a difficult situation. I knew a girl who went to the school for counseling and came out so doped up that she was harming the pregnancy. Instead of actually helping her, they just gave her pills and made an appointment for her.

And I’m not saying she had a choice. She knew she did and regretted it ever since.

–Gee, seems like Ed and La Shawn are doing their part to demonize all pro-aborts/pro-choice people on the basis of a few people’s reaction to this ad.

Jimbo3 on January 26, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Not just them. It’s in the article referenced. Besides, pro-abort and pro-choice are nowhere near the same thing. If you’re pro-abort, then those who choose not to abort create a problem for you.

Esthier on January 26, 2010 at 10:42 AM

The National Organization for Women called the ad “extraordinarily offensive and demeaning.”

In their minds, Mr. Tebow should have been aborted, I guess.

unclesmrgol on January 26, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Calling an unborn baby a clump of cells keeps the moral aspects of the argument out of sight and out of mind.
BadgerHawk on January 26, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Did you ever see the movie Silence of the Lambs? “IT puts on the lotion… IT does what IT’s told….”

Real serial killers actually do that. Of course it’s impossible to justify killing an innocent person just for your own pleasure, so the have to objectify their victims. It may sound crazy to us, but it makes absolutely perfect sense to the people who live inside their heads.

Back when I was in college, my girlfriend thought she was pregnant. I was in no position whatsoever to take care of a child at the time, but it never occurred to me for a second to suggest abortion. It had nothing to do with religion; I just thought: “What did that kid ever do to me?”

Of course the average moonbat doesn’t know any more about biology than the average third-grader does. Liberalism is what Ayn Rand referred to as “subjectivism.” The only reason liberals advocate aborting inconvenient children is because they lack the capacity to think of anyone other than themselves as real people.

logis on January 26, 2010 at 10:42 AM

CDeb at 10:25AM

I think there are studies showing that the vast majority (somewhere in the 90% range) of women who abort do so because somebody else is pressuring them – their parents, the baby’s father, or the clinic worker or school counselor.

It’s fear and peer pressure – all at a time when hormones are making her an emotional wreck as well. Women are vulnerable at that time. That’s why the people who are supposed to be protecting her are so guilty when they take advantage of her weakness.

I’m sure there are women who make the choice out of callousness. Especially considering that many abortions are repeat abortions – like the woman is a chronic repeat offender. But most women, I think, are just doing what they’re told. And then they live with it, telling themselves over and over again how stupid they were and how they don’t deserve to be loved.

People who work with women’s prison ministry have found that the vast majority (again, the estimates are in the 90% range) of incarcerated women have had abortions, and when they look at their own history notice that their life of dangerous behavior and crime began as a response to the abortion. The abortion killed a part of their heart and they are committing slow suicide – a slow abortion of their own life.

An abortion is one dead and one wounded.

justincase on January 26, 2010 at 10:34 AM

I agree. My wife volunteers at a pregnancy resource center and we hear their stories time and time again.

However, the question I was answering was “how women can be pro-abortion”, not “why do women get abortions.”

Two different things.

And I think “selfishness” is a solid answer for the former since many of the arguments are centered around the words “my” and “me.”

CDeb on January 26, 2010 at 10:43 AM

–You have three women’s groups who have made statements.

How does that qualify as being representative of pro-choice people?

Jimbo3 on January 26, 2010 at 10:37 AM
Um are you that deluded? These are THE groups that claim to speak for pro-abortion/pro-choice people.

MobileVideoEngineer on January 26, 2010 at 10:41 AM

–So I guess Operation Rescue and American Life League are THE groups that speak for the pro-life side? So, when they complain about legislation, should the press report that “pro-lifers are having a collective hissy fit”?

Jimbo3 on January 26, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Does anyone know if Focus on the Family is paying standard rates for this ad?

Jimbo3 on January 26, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Why are you asking, and why should it matter?

unclesmrgol on January 26, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Gee, seems like Ed and La Shawn are doing their part to demonize all pro-aborts/pro-choice people on the basis of a few people’s reaction to this ad.

Jimbo3 on January 26, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Frankly, they demonize themselves by celebrating/advocating the choice to rip a child limb from limb from its mother’s womb. Nobody else has to demonize them.

I boycotted the Super Bowl last year when they refused to allow the wonderful ad about Obama’s mother not aborting him. I guess I’ll be able to watch it this year. Better stock up on my families favorite Buffalo chicken dip. Yey! :)

God bless Tim Tebow. (not because I get to watch the game, but for being a wonderful example of a Christian human being.)

pannw on January 26, 2010 at 10:44 AM

So, why should a woman’s womb be a graveyard?

SilentWatcher on January 26, 2010 at 10:44 AM

–Clearly, paying for travel and related stuff is fine. Time? I’m not so sure about. It’s not like he’s got a paying job that he has to miss while in school.

Jimbo3 on January 26, 2010 at 10:40 AM

So? He’s performing a service, something most celebrities get paid for. I doubt he’s taking money for this, but so what if he is? It doesn’t make his story any less true. And if what Ed has written is true and this makes it harder for him to receive endorsements, then he’s done far more than miss out on a job while filming this.

Esthier on January 26, 2010 at 10:44 AM

In an age when athletes tiptoe around legitimate social and moral issues (‘I am NOT a role model’, says chuck barkley..), and in a world where 20-somethings are either apathetic, indifferent, or frustrated into inaction, it’s good to see one from that generation not only excel on the field, but put on the armor of Christ and slug it out in the arena of life.

Tim is clearly a unique young man with courage, strength, and faith to spare. I believe that there exists a culture in the NFL of believers who are dedicated to Christ in their personal lives, so Tim will fit in with them should he take the next step. If anything, he will model what the true Christian man ought to be in setting an example for that culture by living his faith openly and actively in all he does–on the field and off.

The commercial will be timely and very pertinent to a nation that kills 1.5 million babies per year and yet holds itself up as a bastion of human rights preservation. It will undoubtedly spur extreme emotions and hey, isn’t that what a good commercial’s supposed to do?

I will point my 5 year old boy toward Tim Tebow as a solidly grounded, faith-filled young man who takes the word of God to heart. Is he perfect? Nobody is, but one lesson I think he can always learn from Tebow is that it’s all about how you act and live AFTER you’ve fallen short of the glory of God. I hold up his actions (thus far) as a fine example, nothing more and nothing less. Go Tim!

GoodSamaritan on January 26, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Can’t really think of any others in sports. Arod? Manny? McGwire? Tiger?

faraway on January 26, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Kurt Warner
Tony Dungy
Ben Roethlisberger Go Steelers
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There are many more, it is just not reported by the sports media.

TexasRedbud on January 26, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Jimbo3 on January 26, 2010 at 10:40 AM

It is fascinating watching that corporate lawyer legal mind of yours try to fabricate an argument that throws up resistance to this ad while trying to mask your pro-choice stance with concern about how much Tim and his Mom might be getting paid. Answer B plus’ question, please, barrister.

kingsjester on January 26, 2010 at 10:45 AM

(perhaps trade known fumbler AP).

Trade Adrian? That’s like asking the Colts to trade Manning.

Bishop on January 26, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Will Tim Tebow cry in this commercial like he did after the loss to Alabama in the SEC Champiionship game?

Enquiry minds want to know.

Phil-351 on January 26, 2010 at 10:18 AM

You’ve obviously never put on the pads before, put your heart, soul and body into months of training and preparation only to lose a big game and have the temerity to show your emotions after a loss.

Big, tough man you are.

Thirty years later I still vividly recall the devastation of my team losing a HS championship game in heartbreaking fashion and the emotion that flowed after the game. But I guess you’d have laughed at a bunch of 17-year-old kids for shedding a tear.

BTW, the word you’re looking for is inquiring, douchebag.

JammieWearingFool on January 26, 2010 at 10:46 AM

One thing is for sure,since info that this ad will be shown,the ratings,although very good because of who is playing,will be thru the roof. I know people who although they don’t follow the teams will watch just for the ads.

ohiobabe on January 26, 2010 at 10:46 AM

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