Prelude: A few years ago, I ran the PR for an event called the National Quarterback Club Awards Dinner. This
organization presented awards to the to quarterbacks in high school, college, and professional ranks. Just a few blocks away from the hotel where all the recipients were staying was a new restaurant I was also doing work with, so I arranged for the quarterbacks and their families to have dinner there the night before the ceremony.
While walking the block or two, I had a pleasant conversation with our high school QB of the Year and his mother. When we got the restaurant, they invited me to sit with them. That night, I had a wonderful meal with Tim Tebow and his mother, Pam.
When the Super Bowl airs in a few weeks, it will showcase a matchup of the NFL’s most dominant teams this year, the Colts and the Saints. The Who will perform at halftime. And the commercials will probably be a mixture of bloated budgets and clever humor. All of which I am VERY excited for.
(Also, I will probably eat and drink and be merry. It’s the Super Bowl!)
One commercial that has been purchased and produced is from the group “Focus on the Family” and it features the Tebow family. Apparently, Pam got sick while she was pregnant. She was advised to have an abortion, but she stuck to her Christian values and kept the child, who was born healthy and grew up to become perhaps one of the greatest NCAA quarterbacks of all time. (Focus on the Family is a Christian-based group.)
Having met the Tebows while Tim was still in high school, I know that his belief system is legitimate. This is what he believes his true and right. I know many people may think it’s an act, but I can’t agree with that sentiment.
I will not use this space to debate the right/wrong of abortion. And I am not interested in starting a Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice argument here. (For the record, I believe what I believe, you believe what you believe, that’s cool with me. I don’t appreciate being told by others what to believe.)
However, what I think is a fair debate topic is this: How do you feel about athletes igniting the conversation about religous and/or political issues? And is it fair to do that during the Super Bowl?