Super Bowl LII had some surprises for millions of viewers:
- The Gospel was preached
- Christ was proclaimed
- God’s transforming love was exhibited
Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Nick Foles are both outspoken Christians who talk openly about their faith with their teammates – both during the season and in the offseason.
In fact, Malcolm Jenkins – who plays safety – believes that much of the Eagles’ success this season can be attributed to the brotherhood of faith that developed among team members in the offseason:
- through Bible studies
- by praying together
- through baptism of new believers at the team facility.
“I don’t think that’s happened anywhere,” says Jenkins. “It’s just one of those things that faith is a really important part of this team.”
Tight end Zach Ertz – who caught the winning touchdown pass in the Super Bowl with just 2:21 remaining in the game – agrees with Jenkins:
“I dedicated my life to Christ back in March. I was baptized in March … got married the next day. Our marriage has been built on that foundation … and it’s changed my life.”
Will Beatty – who plays tackle for the Eagles – says,
“My faith in the Lord has been my foundation. It’s been as they say … your rock, your strong point. He’s what I stand on. As a team, we’re strong in the faith.”
During the awards ceremony on the field after the game, head coach Doug Pederson – only in his 2nd season as a head coach in the NFL – said in front of thousands of fans still in the stadium:
“I can only give the praise to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for giving me this opportunity.”
Zach Ertz and Nick Foles also gave glory to God during their interviews.
They were following the example of Psalm 115:1 –
“Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory.”
Also of note: after the Philadelphia Eagles handily defeated the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC championship game, the two rival quarterbacks met at midfield for the traditional congratulatory handshake …
Only they didn’t shake hands – they hugged each other.
A news camera filming the event captured the words of losing quarterback Case Keenum – also a Christian – to winning quarterback Nick Foles:
“Nobody deserves this [going to the Super Bowl] as much as you.”
And then Keenum said, “I love you, brother.”
Quite a testimony for a losing quarterback in a championship game – on the team that was expected to win.
The Super Bowl game itself set all kinds of football records – 17 to be exact … and 12 other Super Bowl records were tied.
The New England Patriots gained 613 yards … a new record for all NFL playoff games including the Super Bowl.
The two teams combined for 1,151 yards of offense … also a new NFL playoff and Super Bowl record.
Super Bowl MVP Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles started the season as backup to “franchise quarterback” and league MVP candidate Carson Wentz.
Foles was pressed into service during Week 14 when Wentz suffered a season-ending knee injury in a game with the Los Angeles Rams.
Most pundits and Eagles fans held out little hope that the Eagles would be able to advance in the playoffs without their star quarterback – much less win the Super Bowl…
It was the first Super Bowl win for Philadelphia in franchise history … they were the underdog in all 3 of their NFL playoff games.
There were also Christians playing for the New England Patriots in this year’s Super Bowl … and there were other Christian head coaches in the NFL this season…
But few are as outspoken and public as the Philadelphia Eagles.
Carson Wentz started the Audience of One (AO1) Foundation last year to provide opportunities and support for the less fortunate and those in need in his own community.
Nick Foles describes himself on Twitter as “believer in Jesus Christ, husband, father, son, brother.”
Nothing about being a quarterback for a professional football team.
He nearly quit football 2 years ago after struggling as quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs and then being released by the St. Louis Rams a year later…
But he was reminded by 2 Corinthians 12:9 that God was still working in his life:
“But He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’”
Now, although back in the limelight as Super Bowl hero and MVP, Foles is saying publicly that he believes he has a calling to be a pastor in a high school when his football playing days are over … He’s taking seminary classes in preparation for that…
Watch this 7 ½ minute video – produced by the Eagles – about the Christian brotherhood on the team, and how they are serving one another and their local communities.
This 7 ½ minute video of the post-game presentation of the Vince Lombardi trophy to the Philadelphia Eagles includes short testimonies by head coach Doug Pederson, Tight End Zach Ertz, and Super Bowl LII MVP Quarterback Nick Foles – beginning at the 4:50 mark.
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