Panthers’ Fernando Velasco joins Football Sunday

Every football player dreams about this moment ever since they were a kid. Last year I was signed by the Titans and then was released to come back to the Panthers; I really didn’t know what was going to happen but It ended up being a huge blessing in disguise. Though this is not what I would have planned, I kept my faith and knew that God had a plan for me that I couldn’t see for myself. Now, I’m so happy to be able to be a part of this opportunity with the Panthers.


Football has always been a great outlet for me. I grew up without a father and that was really tough. I never had a dad to bring me to football practice and games like my teammates did, and I was always envious of them. But over time God showed me that He is my true Father. And now that I have a 14-month old son, I want to show Him the love of a godly father; I know the importance of being present in his life.


Jesus Christ is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords—He is my everything. I look to Him in private moments and public moments, times when I feel lonely or down. I know that I can always turn to God and read His Word. When I pray to God, I am praying to my Father and my Friend.


I didn’t know what was going to happen after I was released from Tennessee, but God did. I always know that He has a plan for me. And now I’m going to the Super Bowl.


“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” —Jeremiah 29:11


Join Fernando and many other Super Bowl athletes for Football Sunday as they share their faith in God and the impact that Jesus Christ has had on their lives. Register your church here:


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