The Rushmore Report – Five Christian NFL Players to Watch This Season

This week marks the start of the NFL season. And while television ratings are down in the midst of the never-ending National Anthem controversy, the season will go on. Tens of millions of American fans will be watching their favorite teams. Hope springs eternal – whether you are a fan of the New England Patriots or the Cleveland Browns. But while you are watching your favorite teams, don’t forget your favorite athletes. Here are five Christian players to keep an eye on this season.

1. Russell Wilson

The quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks is a devout Christian. He is outspoken about his faith. In a recent documentary, The Making of a Champion, he described how he found God at age 14. “I had a dream that my dad passed away and that Jesus came into the room and he was basically knocking on my door, saying, ‘Hey, you need to find out more about me.’ So that Sunday morning I ended up going forward to church, and that’s when I got saved.” Six years later, his father did die. Wilson’s testimony is this: “I wouldn’t be where I am today without Christ.”

2. Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers grew up in a Christian home, where his parents instilled a strong faith into his life. He asked Jesus to be his Savior when he was very young. He says of his upbringing, “I grew up knowing what a stable relationship was by my parents’ example and how it centered on Christ.” Rodgers says his life motto is, in the words of St. Francis of Assisi, “Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.”

3. Colt McCoy

The backup quarterback from Texas grew up in church. He committed his life to Christ at the age of 14. McCoy has used his public platform to share his faith and that of others. He says, “For me, I’m successful because I have Jesus Christ living inside of me.” He continues, “I want everyone to know that they can have the same gift, the same opportunity. It’s free. God’s grace is free.”

4. Drew Brees

Another great quarterback, Drew Brees, of the New Orleans Saints, shares a powerful faith story. He accepted Christ at the age of 17, following knee surgery. One Sunday, his pastor said God was looking for a “few good men.” Brees offered to be one of those “good men.” The young quarterback lamented his trade to the Saints, but it was that trade that positioned him to lead the comeback for the city of New Orleans following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. He describes the opportunity football has given him to share the good news as “a true blessing from God.”

5. Prince Amukamara

The cornerback for the New York Giants is bold in proclaiming his faith in Christ. Following his team’s Super Bowl win in 2011, he gave all the praise to God. Committed to personal purity, Amukamara says, “I am a virgin, and I’m not ashamed to say that.” As for the Christian life, he says, “It’s not about ‘Don’t do this’ or ‘Don’t do that.’ It’s about a personal relationship with Christ.”

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