With his unconventional pass delivery and a physical style that seems just as comfortable running the ball anyway, some wonder if University of Florida star quarterback Tim Tebow will achieve NFL glory. But football fans just may get to see the story of the Heisman Trophy winner and unapologetic Christian impact the pro sport’s biggest game of the year.
Colorado-based conservative group Focus on the Family reportedly may buy a Super Bowl spot for an ad about how Tebow’s mother carried him to term despite a difficult and dangerous pregnancy.
Sure, the underlying politics may be different, but ultimately, this is exploitation cut from the same crassly cynical cloth as Clay Travis’ “are you saving yourself for marriage” presser question. (And I’ve no doubt that if this ad ever sees the light of day, Tebow will handle the media attention over it with as much aplomb as he did Travis.)
In a way, it’s even a little worse, because it’s not just about tweaking Tebow’s image to score a few cheap hey-look-at-me points. It’s about using the kid to bash a few others.
… If true, it would be just another example of Tebow annoying the secular left. The quarterback is as famous for wearing Bible passage citations on his game-day eye black as for winning an NCAA championship. As NewsBusters has detailed, that practice – and the faith it symbolizes – is irksome to some commentators.
… The elite liberals at the Huffington Post and elsewhere in the media are embarrassed that Tebow insists on publicly testifying to his faith and using his high profile to exercise his Christian duty to evangelize.