One of my favorite things about football is the players who are unashamed to put their faith on display. They are not only impacting the team they play with, but also the fans who watch the games. What's really special about this picture is that both of the players in it are some of the strongest Christ-followers I have seen step foot on the field. Both of these men are willing to talk about their faith to anyone who asks and even if you don't ask, it may still come upon conversation because they take it so seriously. Both of these men are not playing for the name on the back of the jersey, or even the manage on the front, but for the One who calls them Son of the King.
To me these players and even the ones who aren't pictured are the true leaders on their respective teams, even if they aren't named captain or co-captain. Their faith drives everything they do, even when it comes to something as competitive as football.
There are many people who think that because these players are placing themselves in this type of light, that they are better than everyone else. But I'm here to set the record straight! The men in this picture and the ones you see praying on the goal-line are some of the most humble people you will ever meet, they just happen to be football players.
I guess since you've looked at this picture for a while now you might want to know who's in it. Well on the left is Bobby Sewall. If you have followed my blog for very long, you will know Bobby from one of the other "Story Behind the Picture" posts.
The man on the right is Mike Ola. Let me just tell you Mike is one of the coolest people I have ever had the opportunity to meet, even if he was only with the Jacksonville Sharks for a short while because he got drafted by the Canadian Football League. Everything about Mike is about Christ, and everything he does points directly to Him, even if that means sacrificing his personal preferences.
There are many aspects to a football game, and many fans have their favorite part. Some people think the game winning touchdown is the best part, while others love to see the Hail Mary passes that are missed by the opposing team so their team can win. As for me, I like the pre-game prayer done by the players who want nothing more than to glorify Christ in every aspect of their lives.