The OSU Buckeyes are well-known for their prowess on the football field, exciting bowl game wins and the long-standing rivalry with Michigan. What many fans don't realize is how many of the players possess a strong Christian faith, and are unafraid to share that faith with others. Chimdi Chekwa, Ben Buchanan and Brian Rolle openly shared their Christian testimonies on Football Sunday, November 14, 2010, at Genoa Baptist Church.
#17 Punter/kicker Ben Buchanan led the way by explaining how his faith, and the ability to share that faith, is a miracle. He was raised in a Christian home, and was taught early on what it meant to be a Christian man. He admitted to living his life by a family phrase, handed down to him by his father's parents, that reminds him that he "may be the only bible that someone reads."
Buchanan was raised in Westerville, Ohio, by his physician father Tim and mother Steli. Before joining the ranks as an OSU Buckeye, Buchanan was an accomplished kicker for Westerville Central High School. He also volunteered at the YMCA soup kitchen and served with a medical missionary team to Honduras, Central America.
#5 Defensive Back Chimdi Chekwa hails from Clermont, Florida. Chekwa began his message with a tribute to his father Charles, a former pastor. He mentioned growing up in the church, and taking his relationship with God for granted, until realizing that peace was elusive in his life until God became front and center of each day. Chekwa is a senior leader who received honorable mention as all Big Ten during his OSU career.
#36 Linebacker Brian Rolle is from a family of athletes, and spent his early years in Immokalee, Florida, as a self-professed "menace." He was kicked out of school in seventh grade and sent to an alternative school, where he admits spending most of his days in "time out."
His cousin Arizona Cardinal Antrel Rolle and brother William, who played for Illinois, inspired Rolle's foray into football. Shortly after his girlfriend, Joylisa, died in a tragic auto accident, He left Florida, bound for Ohio. He admitted to being shaken, and realized that in a blink of an eye, he could lose it all, just as he had lost his girlfriend. Matthew 6:33 (But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.) became his life verse, and grounded him in his new role as a Buckeye.