Tim Tebow: I'd rather be known for saving babies than winning the Super Bowl

Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow said that he would rather be known for saving babies than winning Super Bowl during an pro-life prayer event. His remarks were made during Kansans for Life's annual Valentine’s Day banquet held at the Overland Park Convention Center on Feb. 11. Nearly 1,200 people attended the event.

"It really does mean a lot more than winning the Super Bowl," he said to a crowd at a football-themed banquet hosted by Kansans for Life earlier this month. “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?"

“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.”

At one point in the speech, Tebow turned to people affiliated with the Super Bowl-winning Kansas City Chiefs football team who were in the audience and addressed their recent feat.

“It’s amazing,” Tebow said. “What an accomplishment! But you know the best part of that accomplishment is that it gets you an even bigger platform.”

That platform, Tebow said, can be used to support causes such as the prolife movement.

Tim Tebow has been a longtime and high-profile figure in the pro-life movement, with his passion for defending the unborn stemming directly from his own background. He was almost aborted by his mother after doctors advised her that abortion was needed to save her life.

“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,” Tebow said. “And they didn’t even believe that I was a baby. They thought I was a tumor.”

“To make a long story short, when I was born, they found out the placenta wasn’t actually attached,” Tebow added. “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.”

Tebow went on to excel as a college football national champion who played as a quarterback for the Florida Gators before being picked in the first round of the NFL's 2010 draft. He spent three years in the league. Tebow is now a professional baseball player in the New York Mets farm system

Concluding his remarks at the banquet, Tebow said, “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?”

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