Well what else would you expect but controversy from one of the more polarizing figures in college football history?
Except this time it has nothing to do with what he has done or will do on the playing field.
No, this time Tim Tebow is creating a stir before the biggest sporting event of the year, Super Bowl XLIV.
Tim Tebow and his mother will star in a 30 second commercial clip paid for by Focus on the Family come February 8th, and we are already getting protest about it.
Tebow, a notoriously devout Christian, is making enemies before he ever steps foot on an NFL field because the commercial he will be in with his mother talks about one of the many taboo subjects that are just not supposed to be talked about aloud, abortion.
Focus on the Family, who will be providing the funds for the commercial has already come out and said that the commercial will not be an anti-abortion commercial.
“There’s nothing political and controversial about it,” he said. “When the day arrives, and you sit down to watch the game on TV, those who oppose it will be quite surprised at what the ad is all about.” said Gary Schneeberger, a spokesman for Focus on the Family.
The question I have is, who cares?
Why is it such a big deal to let a public figure, which Tim Tebow is whether people like it or not, come out and tell his story?
In case you were living under a rock for the last four years during the Tebow madness, Tim Tebow comes from a family of missionaries. While on a mission in the Philippines in 1987 Tebow’s mother Pam became ill. It was recommended by her physicians that she abort her fifth child. She of course decided not too and Tim Tebow was brought into the world.
So Tebow’s mother disregarded the doctor’s recommendation and gave birth to one of the best college football players we have witnessed in the last five decades.
Yet we can’t talk about it? We cannot have that interrupt the beer ads or GoDaddy.com ads?
No, an inspirational and moving story of life has no place on Super Sunday.
Give me trashy women in skimpy clothes and sell me on why your beer is the most refreshing, but I can’t have anything of substance on as a commercial during the big game.
Give me a break. It is 30 seconds. It is real and it has value behind it.
No, no, no we don’t want to send the message that pro-choice, whether you agree with it or not, works both ways.
Listen, this is not an opinion of whether abortion is right or wrong, or whether it is a woman’s choice.
No, this is about the fact that something so simple and innocent can cause protest from major organizations like New York-based Women’s Media Center with backing from the National Organization for Women, the Feminist Majority as well as other groups
No, this is about the fact that we as Americans can’t get over the fact that people are still living their lives on Super Bowl Sunday.
I have long said sports is an escape from the realities and the daily grind of life, but that doesn’t mean that life stops being lived.
So if you have that big of a deal with what Tim Tebow will say come February 8th, mute the TV when he comes on.
But there are some of us that want to hear something real and something that hits close to home.
No matter what happens, people will still hate Tim Tebow come Monday February 9th, and some people will still have the utmost respect for the man that is never afraid to hide from who he is, or how he got here.