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The Next Chapter in the Tim Tebow Survival Story – The NFL

08/10/2010

“I call him my miracle baby. He almost didn’t make it into this world. I remember so many times when I almost lost him. It was so hard. Well he’s all grown up now, and I still worry about his health. Everybody treats him like he’s different, but to me, he’s just my baby. He’s my Timmy, and I love him.”

Those words were delivered by Pam Tebow…mom of 2007 Heisman Trophy Winner and 2010 #1 NFL  draft pick selected by the Denver Broncos, in an ad during Super Bowl XLIV.

This spot, aired during the Super Bowl, was highly controversial. According to the Washington Post, “The Tebow spot will be a blip in that uniquely American four-hour barrage of beer ads, computer ads, car ads, “Iron Man 2″ ads, GoDaddy.com ads, Pepsi ads, and, almost incidentally, four quarters of the New Orleans Saints versus the Indianapolis Colts (and halftime with the Who).”

But abortion rights groups weren’t having it. More than 98 million viewers — the most to date — watched Super Bowl XLIV. “An ad that uses sports to divide rather than to unite has no place in the biggest national sports event of the year — an event designed to bring Americans together,” Jehmu Greene, president of the Women’s Media Center, said in a statement.

Huh? Last time I checked Saints and Colts fans were a long way from holding hands and singing Kumbaya.

Some say he’s a bust before he’s taken his first NFL snap. I say he’s the real deal. He’s definitely not an overnight sensation. His path to the NFL is filled with challenges. He’s worked hard and given much. His foundation the Tim Tebow Foundation “exists to bring faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need.” Who doesn’t need a little of that?

As Tony Dungy, formerly of the Indianapolis Colts says, “His leadership and Christian values set an example not just for his teammates, but for all young people.”

When Dungy speaks – we all should listen.

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