Quarterback Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chief has been vocal about his Christian faith all season and especially during the team’s playoff run. Kansas City author Jack Cashill wrote in WND about the large number of Christian quarterbacks in the NFL.
“A day after the Super Bowl, a friend sent me a video of my hometown QB, Patrick Mahomes, talking about his faith,” Cashill wrote. “Mahomes attends Bible study every Friday with his teammates and attends chapel every Saturday. `Before every game, I walk the field and do a prayer at the goalpost,’ Mahomes said. `I thank God for being on the stage where I can glorify Him.’”
Mahomes is far from alone, Cashill pointed out.
- Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill would have made the Super Bowl had his team been able to hold its
lead against the Chiefs in the AFC Championship game. “I pray before every game,” Tannehill told Sports Spectrum in 2018. “I spend time with God before I get to the stadium, and then when I lace up my cleats I thank God for the opportunity to go out there and attempt to glorify Him.”
- “First and foremost, before I go further along in my speech, I want to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” said the Baltimore Ravens’ Lamar Jackson spontaneously after a game. “Without him, none of us would be here right now. The Lord. I give him all His praise, the glory, the honor, because of what I am.”
- San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers grew up in a devout Catholic family and married at 19. He and his wife, Tiffany, now have nine children. His role, as he sees it, is “teaching the kids the faith, having family prayer, going to mass together and then football.”
- During a trip to Israel, Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans was immersed in a place thought to be where John baptized Jesus. “It is simply overwhelming to be baptized in the waters of the Jordan River,” he said. Watson has “Glory to God” tattooed on his right throwing arm.
- Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who frequently tweets Bible verses, said “I’ve found peace and hope and love and joy in Jesus, and he’s the way and the only way.”
- “My faith is important to me, it’s the foundation of my life,” said Kirk Cousins of the Minnesota Vikings. ”And ultimately that’s where I gain my peace and my strength. Win or lose today, God is still on the throne, and I take comfort in that.”
- “I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart on my 17th birthday,” said the New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees. “I remember my pastor talking about God ‘looking for a few good men.’ All of a sudden the light bulb went [on] in my head and I was like, ‘Hey, that’s me; I can be one of those few good men!'”
As Cashill concluded, “Being quarterback is a lonely position. Based on the evidence, it would seem that those who have Someone to turn to hold an edge over those who don’t.”
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice