With nearly everything being virtual over the past few months, I really hadn’t experienced much in the form of community. I’m excited to be back around my teammates, doing Bible studies in person and hanging out with them.
Being in community with my teammates over the years has changed my life, both personally and professionally. I remember my first year in Philly, I met Chris Maragos. It was also his first year in Philly. We both had three young kids and were both on special teams. I modeled my game after his, but not only that, after I got to know him, I shadowed him. I wanted to be the kind of father, husband and man that he is.
In Philly I also met Jordan Matthews. He was a guy with a strong passion for the game, but he didn’t have anyone in his life who thought following Christ was cool. Once he saw a couple of us going deep in our faith, he blew up. He now has an unbelievable walk with God.
The first time I walked into a team Bible study in Philly, I was shocked. A number of coaches and players had gathered for the study, which was led by our starting quarterback, Nick Foles. My first thought was: What is he doing? He’s the most important person on the team. He shouldn’t be focusing on that! He should be focusing on his game!
But then I was hit in the gut. If he is leading the Bible study every morning, what am I doing with my life? I don’t remember what we talked about or prayed for that morning, but I remember a man who stood up for his faith in a way that made a huge impact on my own. He wasn’t too busy or too important to realize that God comes first.
Jordan Hicks, Zach Ertz, Carson Wentz … I could go on. There have been so many men throughout my career who have helped me grow closer to Christ. That’s what I want to do for others. Now that I’m working my way out of the league, I would love to help some of the younger players in their life and career as these other guys did for me.
This season, the rookies are getting the short end of the stick. I want to help my teammates understand that there are more important things to focus on than football only. This season, the pandemic may not play out in their favor for the ideal season, but maybe, just maybe this will be the season they hear about Jesus Christ. This may be my only opportunity to have that conversation with many of them. I’m going to take full advantage of it.
— Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts tight end
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