NFL Football THIS YEAR:
“Subject: Aaron Rodgers
ARLINGTON, Texas (BP)–NFL experts and newspaper headline writers have
been quick to label Green Bay starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers the
“Leader of the Pack.”
Something about 4,712 yards passing and 34 touchdowns, and leading the
Packers to the verge of their first Super Bowl title in more than a
decade will do that for you.
But Rodgers made it clear in Tuesday’s jam-packed Super Bowl XLV Media
Day he only wants to be a leader of God’s pack when it comes to
influencing others to see his faith in Jesus Christ.
“We all have a platform, we all have a message in our lives,” Rodgers
told Baptist Press and a worldwide media turnout, which ringed his
individual interview area. “I just try to follow Jesus’ example,
leading by example.”
During his six years with the Packers, his career has seen enough
twists and turns, dead ends and detours to test any one’s faith. An
expected top 10 draft choice, he lasted until the end of the first
round for reasons he never understood. He stood on the sidelines for
three seasons while Packers quarterback Brett Favre went through his
yearly will-he-or-won’t-he retirement routine as Packers QB.
Finally given a chance to start three years ago, he has matured into
one of the top quarterbacks in the league, but not forgetting his
past, present and future in Christ.
“God always has a plan for us, a path. Sometimes we wish we knew it
sooner,” Rodgers said with a bit of a laugh, “but He always shows up
He credits his parents, Ed and Darla Rodgers, who still live in
Northern California where he was raised, for showing him a loving and
Christ-centered household. He also remains close to his two longtime
accountability partners, Pastors Andrew Burchett of the Neighborhood
Church in Chico , Calif. , and Young Life Christian youth group leader
Even in the midst of the craziness of Super Bowl week and Tuesday’s
Media Day at Cowboys Stadium, Rodgers had already checked in with his
“They won’t be here Sunday, but they’ve been calling and texting me,”
he said. “Matt sent me a photo of his entire Young Life group decked
out in Packers gear.”
Rodgers’ quiet and humble testimony has been enough to inspire
Christian NFL fans everywhere and his own teammates as well.
Rookie defensive end C.J. Wilson, whose father is a Pentecostal
minister in Mt. Olive, N.C., said he really didn’t know what to expect
when he showed up for his first NFL season this year. But when he saw
the experience of his star quarterback and his witness, Wilson felt
encouraged with his own professional football faith.
“I think it does help when your superstar quarterback is walking with
God. I’ve been blessed to be around him and see how God makes all
things possible in our lives,” Wilson said.
Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings is one of Rodgers’ receivers and
teammates on the field, but more importantly, a spiritual brother on
and off the field. He said he’s determined to let Sunday’s game
against the Pittsburgh Steelers be his platform for God.
“I just want to let people know what it’s all about. One of the
Scriptures I refer to a lot is, ‘to whom much is given, much is
required,’ and I’m required to have a voice [for God] because I have a
stage and a platform,” Jennings said.
“Number one, all glory goes to God. That’s where it starts and that’s
where it finishes.”
His father, Greg, Sr., is the pastor of Progressive Deliverance
Ministries in Kalamazoo , Mich.
Packers defensive tackle Ryan Pickett has been inspired to join an
anti-pornography campaign in the NFL this year to help rid the
destructive influence among his friends and teammates. He said he had
to turn down the invitations of his teammates this week and other
times who wanted him to go places he knew was not right.
“I value my family and my wife. I try to stay away from that,” Pickett said.
Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby doesn’t have to be reminded about the
number of Super Bowl games which have come down to a final touchdown
or field goal, including the last Super Bowl held in Texas when the
New England Pat riots won on a last-second kick in Houston.
But he said his faith in Christ won’t allow him to be defined by a single kick.
“I think He helps me knowing that kicking is what I do, not who I am.
It’s not everything that I am. I can escape knowing that my
relationship with Christ is what carries me.”
Crosby has also noticed his quarterback’s faith and his example to his
teammates and the sports world.
“Aaron has a great relationship with the Lord,” Crosby said. “He’s the
face of the franchise and it helps to see he’s living the message all
of the time.
“I’m always reading in the Proverbs and Psalms to relax my mind before
we play,” Crosby added. “I know that God cares for me all the time
regardless of any outcome here.”
GO PACK GO !!!”
-AND LAST YEAR :
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