What NFL Stars Have To Say About Their Faith

Feb 13, 2024

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An article published by CBN ahead of Super Bowl LVIII detailed what so many of our favorite NFL stars have to say about their relationship with Christ and their faith.

Kansas City Chiefs:

“I never thought I’d ever be on a stage like this, but here I am and I need to glorify God for that,” said Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker. “I always wonder, why does God have these footballs going through the uprights? Because there are a lot of guys who put a lot of time and effort into their craft of kicking, but for some reason, my balls are going through the uprights. God’s put me on this platform for a reason. And, you know, I can’t be ashamed to give Him all the credit for being here and being alive and everything that he’s given for me.”

“I’ve had some really, really dark days in my past where, you know, it was either death, suicide, or talk to God,” wide receiver Marquez Valdez-Scantling stated. “And, you know, like I said, I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for my faith and I don’t play this game for anything else but the man up top because this is the game that I love. I mean, and He gave me this platform to use to talk about, you know, my journey and, you know, my walk with Him.”

“I’ve just been very grateful in my life. It’s been humbling to be able to follow Jesus,” Tight end Noah Gray noted. “And yeah, we’re just just so grateful to have such an amazing Father that, you know, takes care of us every single day. And we can always look to Him, you know, when times are good, but also when times are bad.”

San Francisco 49ers

Quarterback Brody Purdy seemed to take the cake with his comments: “Yeah, I would just say, you know, not trying to hold on too tightly to your life and what you do with your job and making sure your identity is in Jesus. And honestly, that’s been the case for me in my life. I haven’t, you know, tried to hold on to the football life.  Being a quarterback, it’s been about, ‘All right, God, this is what I do. But I am who You say I am.’ And I’ve allowed that to sort of, you know, take over my life. And He’s taken me to where He needs me. And so now here we are.”

His statements were echoed by safety Tashaun Gipson, “here’s just something about faith in Jesus man, and the miracles He can work in your life. All you got to do is believe. And I walk around, in my backpack I have like, three little mustard seeds. Yeah. Faith of a mustard seed, as you know. And I walk around with those man as testament, because, you know, being a believer is the most important thing to me.”

But tight end Charlie Woerner put it the best: “just because we’re in the NFL doesn’t mean we’re special. We’re broken and I’m broken. And the only way that I’ll be able to enter those pearly gates is by the blood of Jesus, you know? And so the only way everyone can do that is by His blood. So that’s why I always have my faith and my hope in.”

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