Tim Tebow, the former NFL player who is now a Christian, reminded us in a moving keynote speech at the annual Kansans for Life Valentine’s Day Banquet why so many people adore him. Tebow declared that his commitment to the prolife cause is unwavering, and he would prefer to be remembered for saving unborn babies from abortion rather than winning the Super Bowl.
The life story of this former athlete has been a major influence on his pro-life activism. It also highlights the importance of protecting the innocent.
Tebow’s remarks came after those of other leaders including Mary Kay Culp and Lamar Hunt (co-owner of Kansas City Chiefs).
Many found the keynote speech by Tim Tebow, the former quarterback of the Denver Broncos, to be the highlight of the night.
Tebow thanked Culp, the archbishop, and politicians for their work in support of the unborn.
Tebow thanked Hunt as well for having courage “in the face of many other people who do not have it, and for your willingness up here to support this organization.”
Tebow added, “It means a lot more to me than just winning the Super Bowl.” “One day when people talk about you, they will say, Oh my god, what are you going be remembered for?” he added. “What will you say? Super Bowl or that we saved many babies?”
Tebow, when asked about Kansans for Life said that it is not a charity.
“It’s a mission of rescue. Do you know why it’s called a rescue operation? We call it a rescue mission because it gives it a time frame.”
When was the last time that you heard of a rescue operation taking place within a month? No, a rescue mission means now. You feel a sense of urgency. It tells us to leave not because we are in a hurry, but because they’re in a hurry. “I have to have a sense that I’m in a hurry because they may have more time than I do.”
Tebow told the story about how his mother had been urged by doctors to have him aborted. She refused.
“My mother was told by doctors 32 years ago that she had to abort because she would lose her life if she did not. They didn’t believe I was a child. They thought I was a tumor.”
The former NFL star pointed out also that winning the Super Bowl could provide other prolife athletes with an even bigger platform to spread their message.
Tebow’s career and life are a testimony to his Christian faith, which often brings criticism from the Left. Tebow has continued to live his Christian beliefs both on and off the football field and is a popular figure in American culture because of this.
We need more people like Tebow to stand up for the right thing in an age where athletes and public figures use their platforms to promote various causes. It is more important than ever that high-profile people are willing to speak up despite the inevitable criticism.