Critics on Huffington Post labeled Tebow a "Jesus freak," self-righteous and a religious nut. A blogger on BeliefNet called the advertisement distasteful. And yet another said it was "offensive."
The New York Times wondered if viewers would "take issue with issue advertising during the Super Bowl."
Tebow said he's not surprised by the outcry.
"I know some people won't agree with it, but I think they can at least respect that I stand up for what I believe, and I'm never shy about that," Tebow told The Palm Beach Post. "I don't feel like I'm very preachy about it, but I do stand up for what I believe. Unfortunately, in today's society not many athletes tend to do that. So I'm just standing up for something."
The 30-second ad, believed to have cost Focus as much as $2.8 million, was paid for by "very generous and committed friends."
Todd Starnes is a reporter for FOX News Radio and a best-selling author. Be sure to get your copy of "They Popped My Hood and Found Gravy on the Dipstick" by clicking here.