Jump directly to the content

Tebow Says Focus Ad Cost Him Potential Sponsors

The former Florida Gators quarterback has still picked up deals with Nike and EA Sports.

Several blogs have noted a speech by former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow, who said companies told him they couldn't have him endorsing products after he appeared in the Focus on the Family commercial.

There's a lot of buzz leading up to tomorrow's NFL draft as Palm Beach Post reports that Tebow said he lost potential sponsors.

As to his first tenet, standing for what he believes in, Tebow told the crowd that multiple companies told him before the Super Bowl that they could not let him represent their products if he went ahead with his pro-life commercial at the Super Bowl. But Tebow said losing sponsors was a small price to pay for the ability to spread his message about family and faith.

However, the Associated Press reports that Tebow offers marketability.

Companies are lining up for Tebow to be their pitchman. Religious and advocacy groups want Tebow, the son of missionaries, for commercials and speeches. Some owners believe he would increase ticket sales.

And with good reason.

The Davie-Brown Index, an independent marketing research tool, found Tebow to be more appealing and more of a trendsetter than New England's Tom Brady, Minnesota's Brett Favre and Dallas' Tony Romo among others.

During the Superbowl, Tim Tebow, the former Florida Gators all-star quarterback, appeared in a Focus on the Family advertisement with his mother who had been advised to have an abortion. Despite any potential losses, Tebow has made deals with Nike and EA Sports.

Related Topics:Abortion; Sports
Posted:April 21, 2010 at 3:40PM
Gleanings aggregates what others are reporting. Learn more.

Leave a Comment

Use your Christianity Today login to leave a comment on this article.
Not part of the community? Subscribe now, or register for a free account.
Login
or
Subscribe
or
Register
Recent Posts
New Poverty-Fighting Alliance Launches
World Relief, Germany-based PartnerAid combine to grow programs, donor base.
Bible Society Takes 'More Accurate and Hopeful' Stance on Scripture Skeptics
(UPDATED) No more 'Bible antagonists,' among many findings in this year's ABS/Barna 'State of the Bible' report.
Popular Pastor Resigns after 'Moral Failure,' But Followers Still Want His Sermons
Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale explains why it took down Bob Coy's teachings on marriage.
Crimea Adoptions to Americans Blocked by Russia
(UPDATED) Ukraine has replaced Russia as No. 3 source of U.S. adoptions. But Crimea crisis has Christian alliance preparing evacuation plan for 4,000 orphans.