The former Florida quarterback and his mother will appear in a 30-second commercial during the Super Bowl next month. The Christian group Focus on the Family says the Tebows will share a personal story centering on the theme “Celebrate Family, Celebrate Life.”
The group isn’t releasing details, but the commercial is likely to be an anti-abortion message chronicling Pam Tebow’s 1987 pregnancy. After getting sick during a mission trip to the Philippines, she ignored a recommendation by doctors to abort her fifth child and gave birth to Tim.
Doctors later told Pam that her placenta had detached from the uterine wall, a condition known as placental abruption, which can deprive the fetus of oxygen and nutrients. Doctors expected a stillbirth, Pam said, and they encouraged her to terminate the pregnancy.
“They thought I should have an abortion to save my life from the beginning all the way through the seventh month,” she recalled.
Pam said her decision to sustain the pregnancy was a simple one - because of her faith.
“We were grieved,” she said. “And so my husband just prayed that if the Lord would give us a son, that he would let us raise him.”
In her seventh month of pregnancy, Pam traveled to the country’s capital, Manila, where she received around-the-clock care from an American-trained physician.
For the next two months, Pam - steadfastly praying for a healthy child - remained on bed rest.
I am going to root for an end to Tebow's career like I have rooted for no other NFL player, well, ever. Though no doubt, he'll embark on a political career centering on the worst of the American character.