University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow has been in the news a great deal in recent weeks following the announcement that Focus on the Family will be airing a Super Bowl ad featuring the collegiate football star and his Mom. The controversy stems from the content of the ad in which Tim’s Mom reflects on the decision not to abort her pregnancy, instead she braved the potential damage to her own life to give birth to Tim.
The controversy arises when such a politicized topic gets injected into what has been called the holiest day of football. It would seem to this author that when we are talking about holiness, a message about morality is welcome. After all, many of the ads in the Super Bowl telecast have significant moral implications. From the GoDaddy girls stripping to the nude Nike runner, morality, or its absence, has been used to get the attention of the viewing public. Moral issues are at the center of many ads, but when the topic is a political (as judged by some in the media) topic, morality suddenly is unwelcome.
Tim Tebow has been working during his college football career to bring hope and inspiration to many by means of his Tim Tebow Foundation. It is no surprise that he would be eager to join in making this commercial. He is a legitimate football hero; his adoring public wants to know what he thinks on issues that he is passionate about. Tim cares about family and he cares about choosing life for the unborn. He uses himself as an example of the choice he urges pregnant women to make. He wants the woman to think about what might be if she does not seek an abortion.
Sunday’s Super Bowl will be played by guys who all are alive because their mothers chose life for them. Some in the sports media establishment would do well to take that fact into account.