Tim Tebow to appear on cover of EA game

Quarterback appeared in controversial anti-abortion ads

Proving it's not afraid of a little political controversy -- or maybe that it might crave some -- Electronic Arts said Thursday that Tim Tebow will grace the cover of its "NCAA Football 11" video game.

Tebow set off a firestorm of criticism -- and support -- a few months ago when he and his mother starred in a couple of anti-abortion Super Bowl ads that were sponsored by the Christian organization Focus on the Family.

The ads never mentioned "abortion" but simply told Tebow's story -- that his mother, while a Christian missionary in the Philippines, was advised by a doctor to abort her unborn child: Tim Tebow.

"It is offensive to hold one way out as being a superior way over everybody else's," said National Organziation for Women president Terry O'Neill at the time. NOW and others, in fact, tried unsuccessfully to convince CBS to dump the Tebow commercial.

Obviously, Tebow's mom didn't follow the advice of her doctor, and the rest is collegiate football history.

Come to think of it, given Tebow's records -- the first college player to both rush and pass for 20 touchdowns in a season and the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy -- the more controversial move might have been for EA to not put Tebow's picture on the cover of its new game.
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