Lately, it seems an increasing number of NFL players are speaking out about their Christian faith. Following a flurry of media attention surrounding Tim Tebow, numerous football stars have also been very vocal about their allegiance to the Almighty. The latest is Washington Redskins defensive end Kedric Golston, who recently detailed his faith journey in an interview on CBN's "The 700 Club."
The star began by sharing his path to Christianity, which actually began following a major car accident during his high school years. Despite sustaining painful injuries, Golston eventually recovered. But overcoming the event and beating his injuries showed him something profound -- that he was truly meant to play the football.
"I got into a real bad car accident my senior year in high school; flipped my truck 5 times, got thrown out the truck, broke my leg, and ended up getting a staph infection in my lungs," he told CBN. "At that moment in time if God didn’t want me to play football, He could have taken it away right then and there."
Washington Redskins defensive end Kedric Golston (Photo Credit: CBN)
Not long after the accident, Golston said that he finished high school and started college at the University of Georgia. He started taking classes and training only six or seven months after breaking his femur during the aforementioned accident. The player had two screws and a rod put in his leg, but his football dreams forged on.
During his college years, though, despite being given so much, he says his faith took a backseat to football. It wasn't until another set of injuries again out his football career into question. It was at that point that Golston decided to get more serious about God.
"I just really got tired of playing the one step forward and five steps back. And [I was] kind of using God as a good luck charm and not really allowing Him to be the head of my life as the Lord and Savior that He is," he said.
Golston remembers praying one day and asking God to be with him on his journey. While he said he had no idea where he would end up or if the NFL was a reality, this prayer apparently changed his life. Not long after, he was selected by the Washington Redskins in the 6th round of the NFL Draft.
When he joined the team, he met Pastor Brett Fuller, chaplain for the Redskins -- a man he believes helped guide him in his faith. The journey, he claims, has allowed him see God working directly in his life.
"He’s my Lord and my Savior. I count it all joy that He came into this world as a man. [He] dealt with all the things that I dealt with and died on the cross for my sins. So, I’m going to serve Him because He’s my Savior. He’s my Lord. He’s the head of my life," Golston told CBN." I’m going to honor Him with all that I do."
The player said that life isn't always going to be easy, but that people are faced with two options: "You can choose the world’s way or you can choose God’s way."
Watch him discuss his faith, below:
Golston is the latest NFL star to speak out about his faith. Earlier this month, Seattle Seahawks players and coaches released a short documentary about their careers and belief in God entitled, "The Making of a Champion."
(H/T: CBN News)
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