The former NFL quarterback is now advocating for the rights of unborn babies alongside his mother who didn't give up him despite doctor's advice.
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Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow has won over many after championing the rights of unborn babies because it "really does mean a lot more than winning the Super Bowl." Back in February, Tebow shared a touching personal story during the Kansans for Life Valentine’s Day banquet where he was the keynote speaker. The Christian athlete, who is a professional baseball player currently, revealed that the issue surrounding abortion is something that has been a huge part of is own story. Tebow recounted the story his mother shared during a 2010 Super Bowl commercial for Focus on the Family, where she called him her "miracle baby."
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"You see, my mom 32 years ago had doctors tell her she needed to abort me because if she didn't, it was going to cost her life. And they didn't even believe that I was a baby," he shared with approximately 1,200 pro-lifers at the football-themed banquet for Kansans for Life according to Fox5. "They thought I was a tumor," continued Tebow, who led his team to two college football national championship and also won the Heisman Trophy. "When I was born, they found out the placenta wasn’t actually attached. So, the doctor looked at my mom after 37 years of being a doctor and said, 'This is the biggest miracle I’ve ever seen because I’m not sure how he’s alive.' …I’m so grateful that my mom trusted God with my life and her life."
Wonderful way to think of it, "A Rescue Mission" that has life and death consequences.— Justiceusa041 (@justiceusa041) February 26, 2020
Thank you Tim and God Bless you.
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32-year-old whose name means "to honor God" revealed that his parents hoped that their son would become a preacher but instead he became a quarterback. Despite being mocked for wearing "John 3:16" on his eye black and for Tebowing, he had been a preacher in his own scope. He has been advocating for the rights of unborn babies for long and has even starred in an anti-abortion commercial for the 2010 Super Bowl alongside his mother Pamela Tebow. "I know some people won't agree with it," he said at the time according to ABC News. "But I think they can at least respect that I stand up for what I believe."
Happy Mother’s Day mom! So blessed and thankful for you and the example you have left for me, and for so many others around the world. Love you so much and hope you have an amazing day! pic.twitter.com/FJKgY9tiz8— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) May 10, 2020
Speaking about his career, he continued that winning the Super Bowl was not as important as saving lives. "It really does mean a lot more than winning the Super Bowl," he expressed before reflecting upon his priorities, according to National Right to Life News. "One day, when you look back and people are talking about you and they say, 'Oh my gosh what are you going to be known for? Are you going to say Super Bowl or we saved a lot of babies?" He further described their shared goal as "a rescue mission" and said that Kansans for Life is not philanthropy. "It’s a rescue mission. You know why we call it a rescue mission? Because when we say that, it puts a timeline on it. When’s the last time you heard a rescue mission taking place in a month or a few years. No, a rescue mission means now. It gives you a sense of urgency. It says we have to go not because it’s our time, but because it’s their time. … I have to live a sense of urgency because while I might have time, they don’t"
The power of influence is a lesson my mom taught me from a young age. I can't wait for you to hear more about the life she has lived and the lessons she has learned. Out tomorrow. #RippleEffects pic.twitter.com/uUKJHrhgAh— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) May 6, 2019
Encouraging his fellow pro-lifers, he continues, "What you’re doing here matters. You’re fighting for life. You’re fighting for people that can’t fight for themselves. And my question to you is: Are you willing to stand up in the face of persecution, in the face of adversity, in the face of criticism, when other people are going to say it’s not worth it when other people won’t stand beside you? Maybe not everybody is going to be with you. Will you stand up for what’s right?"