Rick Santorum praised Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow as a "hero" today, adding that he believes Tebow was "held up to scorn and ridicule" because of his Christian faith.
"Our heroes that we celebrate almost without thinking . . . are not heroes that are necessarily promoting [our] values," Santorum said while talking to South Carolina moms about traditional marriage, "and when we have one who does, they're controversial, right? They're the ones who get held up to scorn and ridicule because they stand up for Biblical virtues or truth, as we saw with Tim Tebow."
Asked if Tebow is a hero, Santorum's wife, Karen, commented, "he wasn't in our home." Rick Santorum didn't confirm immediately. "I hesitated because he beat the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, so it's sort of a sensitive subject right now," Santorum said. "I was for him when he played the Patriots."