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Faith drives Bengals kicker who will now be in Super Bowl

Evan McPherson, the rookie kicker for the Cincinnati Bengals, may not be popular in Kansas City, but Christians can’t help pulling for him.

McPherson, an outspoken Christian, wore a black shirt with the phrase “God is good” printed across the chest during his post-game press conference last weekend. According to Sports Spectrum, he told reporters that it was a “kicker’s dream” to have the opportunity to deliver a game-winning field goal.

“This is my job,” he said. “This is what I do for a living, so it’s my job to stay cool, calm and collected in moments like those. I’m just so happy that my team put me in a position to succeed and give me the opportunity to win the game.”

McPherson accounted for 13 of the team’s 19 points when as the Bengals defeated the Tennessee Titans in a playoff game. In addition to the game-winning field goal, he kicked 38-, 45- and 54-yard field goals. He also kicked the winning field goal in overtime Sunday to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.

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McPherson, who grew up in a Christian home in Fort Payne, Ala., often has made his faith public on social media. He tends to post pictures on Instagram with scripture in the caption. Following Saturday’s victory, he wrote “God is good” with Psalm 34:8 in the caption. Psalm 34:8 says, “taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”

Last month, McPherson wrote “Glory to God” after being named the AFC special teams player of the month. The scripture quote in his post was 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, which reads, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Last spring, McPherson thanked God after being drafted by the Bengals in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL draft.

“For Him, Through Him, Because of Him!” he tweeted at the time. “‘Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.’ Proverbs 16:3  I’m excited for the next chapter of my life! Go Gators!!”

–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice