Fame has a bad reputation of destroying lives. Some athletes who play professional football are usually groomed as children to practice their sport. They live, eat and breathe football. They become obsessed with doing well in college and dream of making it big in the NFL.
The men who make it into the NFL are usually forever changed, and some of them are destroyed by the fame. They are under constant scrutiny by the media, fans and armchair quarterbacks. They are either heroes or scapegoats based upon their performance between the lines.
They are judged by almost everything they do and when they don’t live up to expectations often times, they are discarded like yesterday’s rubbish. They are put on pedestals and idolized by millions of fans. The result of all this adoration can lead to the athlete feeling superior, thinking they can do whatever they want without any repercussions. Some party, do drugs, drink alcohol and have as much sex that money can buy.
The problem of acquiring fame is, when these athletes reach their pinnacle, they tend to forget where they came from and what it cost for them to get there. Some of those who forget their origins seem doomed to fall the hardest. Some of these athletes eventually find they have been tossed aside so they turn to addictions.
However what these athletes don't understand, true happiness and contentment can't be found in drugs, sex, alcohol or even the game of football. These things can't fill the empty feeling they have in their lives. (Some of the players on this list have echoed that sentiment.) Tragically, many have died as a result of fame. The list of those who have lost their lives because of their addictions grow longer with the passing of time.
However, there are some who remember where they come from and are grounded by faith in Jesus Christ. Often times these players are ridiculed by the media and fans because of their faith. In truth, the athletes who serve Christ should be the example that others strive to be like. Not because they are perfect but because the one they serve is perfect.
These players strive to be Christ-like in everything they do on and off the field. They use the NFL as a platform to further the kingdom of God. They are leaders and examples to their teammates promoting good values and morals. The following list is not a top-ten list of Christian football players. It‘s just a list of some of this Examiner‘s favorite Christian football players