The Super Bowl has always been a big deal in my house growing up. I remember when I was in first grade, my brother and I were tuned in with eager attention, though our focus was not on the game itself. We were in an Oldsmobile commercial that we thought might be aired during the Super Bowl and we waited and waited to see our faces on the screen. Our commercial did not show during the the Super Bowl that year, but this year I have another chance at a Super Bowl appearance—this time, I’ll be on the field.
For me, it’s almost beyond a dream come true to play in the Super Bowl. Being in the NFL is a dream come true in itself. I know that God has given me the talent and ability to play football and I see this as an awesome opportunity to show God’s glory and love by honoring Him with those gifts.
God has always been my Ultimate Provider. This is my seventh season in the NFL but last season I tore my ACL, and the season before that I didn’t get the chance to play either. In fact, in this season alone I’ve played more games than I have in the last six years combined. There are a lot of ups and downs and moving around in this league, but I’ve always been able to look to God who never fails to provide for me and my family.
When people ask me how my faith fits into my life I have to tell them that it doesn’t. Faith has never fit into my life, it is my life. It’s not just a piece of the puzzle; it’s the whole puzzle. Everything else is just pieces that fit in around that. That’s been my mindset for the past four years.
Four years ago I attended my first PAO Conference where I experienced the power of God’s presence in Christian community and the truth that the Bible has to offer. It was at that time that I rededicated my life to Jesus Christ and was baptized. Since then, my life has looked very different. Jesus is not just a historical figure that you can look up in books, I needed to find out and experience for myself who He really is. I know Jesus now to be my Best Friend, my Father, my Provider, and everything that I need, even when I think I don’t need Him.
God’s Word is so important to me. The Bible brings life to people where there is death. His Word can transform anyone’s life the way it did mine. One passage that I have clung to in my own life is Psalm 56:4 which says, “In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” This specific passage has always meant a lot to me because throughout my entire football career I’ve always been undersized, especially in college and the NFL. At 5’11” and 170 lbs, I’m a lot smaller than most of the guys on the field. But I know that my worth is not in my size. Whenever I’m tempted to be anxious or to worry, whether that be on the football field or off, I turn to God who is my strength. In Him, I have no fear.
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me.” -Psalm 28:7
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