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In the huddle

JAMAICA, N.Y. — Following a hard-fought football game, some television viewers are bewildered to see opposing players drop to one knee at midfield, join hands and bow their heads in prayer. Fans can’t comprehend how gladiators can collide on the gridiron for three hours and then, when the final gun sounds, kneel together like teammates.

But fans must look beyond the shade of players’ uniforms and recognize their common devotion to Jesus Christ. Regardless of what NFL jersey they wear, Jesus is their head coach. He’s with them on and off the field. And because of their relationship with Him, they also share the promise of eternal life in heaven. In other words, they’re on the same team.

When players gather to pray in the post-game huddle, they’re declaring to fans and teammates that there’s more to life than football. Football is a game that yields trophies and financial rewards; salvation through Jesus Christ is about receiving the gift of everlasting life.

The athletes featured in this magazine are among many in the NFL who have made a decision to follow Jesus. All-pros like Cris Carter, Kurt Warner and Bruce Matthews discovered that fame and money couldn’t bring them peace and satisfaction. They began searching for a greater purpose in life. And they found what they were looking for when they repented of their sins and entered into a relationship with Jesus.

You can make the same decision that many NFL stars have made. You can follow the ABCs of salvation and commit your life to Christ. Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life" (John 6:47, NIV). Believing and serving Jesus is the most important decision you will make. And you’ll soon discover that having Jesus in your life is more valuable than a Super Bowl ring or the Vince Lombardi trophy.

— Hal Donaldson

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