Seahawks’ Russell Wilson: “My Faith is Everything, God Comes First in My Life”

Whoever you’re rooting for in the Super Bowl later today, it’s hard not to get excited about the classy way Russell Wilson leads the Seattle Seahawks. Earlier this week, Wilson used an interview with the media to share openly about his faith.

“In terms of my legacy off the field, I want to be a Christian man that helps lead and helps change lives and helps serve other people. It’s not about me, you know,” Wilson said. “It’s not about me and it’s about just helping other people. So that’s kind of where I keep my focus.”

“In terms of my faith, my faith is everything: God comes first, family and friends come second, and football comes third,” he said. “I think when you keep it in that order, great things happen to you. You don’t stress out about much.”

When asked about the value of integrity, Wilson said:

“We all make mistakes or whatever, but we’re football players. We’re able to use our gifts. For me, I’m able to use my gift to glorify God. That’s what it’s about for me.”

Christianity Today reported that Wilson sent a message to the kids at the children’s hospital he visits weekly:

“To all the kids out there, I’m just praying for you guys, and praying for miracles”

At a time when many professional sports are lacking good Christian role models, Russell Wilson is a breath of fresh air. He’s the kind of guy who knows how to be both honest and winsome . Whether God has called you to play football on the largest stage or serve him elsewhere, we should all strive to represent Christ in word and deed the way Russell Wilson does.

Well done, brother. Go get ’em.

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Andrew Hess
Andrew Hess is the director of content at the White Horse Inn and editor of corechristianity.com. He formerly served as the editor of churchleaders.com. His writing has been featured on The Gospel Coalition and Focus on the Family. He lives in San Diego with his wife Jen and they recently welcomed their first child. Connect with Andrew on Twitter @AndrewWHess.