I will never forget the 1986 Superbowl Championship when Phil Simms’ New York Giants defeated John Elway’s Denver Broncos. I was as proud as punch because my Dad had coached one of the Giants’ players when he was in high schoolâ€”middle linebacker Gary Reasons. Not only did we watch the Giants win the game, but I also got to meet Reasons and see his Superbowl ring when he made a homecoming visit to his high school alma mater after the season was over. It was amazing.
I know about that season, and I know about that team. But I didn’t know until today about something else that team did after the game was over. It turns out that Tim Tebow is not the first football player to pair a pro-life message with the Superbowl. Players from the 1986 Superbowl Champion New York Giants team did exactly the same thing about 23 years ago. The video that they appeared in is posted above, and here’s a description:
“23 years ago, The American Life League, one of the largest Catholic Pro-Life organizations, produced a short featuring members of the Super Bowl winning New York Giants. As you watch former superstars Phil Simms — the game’s MVP and current sportscaster for CBS! — Mark Bavaro, Jim Burt, Chris Godfrey, George Martin, and Phil McConkey speak out against abortion, try to imagine what the reaction would be to this film if it was made today.”
This video is about 9 minutes long, and there is no subtlety here. It’s an overt condemnation of Roe v. Wade and abortion-on-demand.
I am grateful for these players from the 1986 Giants team, and I am grateful for Tebow. I hope and pray that the seared conscience of our nation might be stirred by such messages.
(HT: Mark Gibson)