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11 NFL Players Who LOVE Jesus (and Football)

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When pro athletes talk, people tend to listen. With social media, the “megaphone” of sports stars now reaches even farther, and many Christian football players use their platform to spread the Gospel.

An estimated three-fourths of NFL starting quarterbacks are evangelical Christian football players. Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, and Nick Foles are among the QBs that ChurchLeaders has previously profiled.

11 Christian Football Players in the NFL

Here’s a closer look at 11 other gridiron greats—and a new team president—who are not only Christian football players but are also outspoken about their Christian faith: 

Patrick Mahomes

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As the reigning Super Bowl MVP, Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes faces high expectations this season. But the 25-year-old, who’s newly engaged and a father-to-be, says glorifying God remains his priority, as it does for many Christian football players.

“Faith is huge for me,” says Mahomes, who became a Christian during middle school. On a Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) video, he says, “Before every game, I walk the field and I do a prayer at the goalpost. I just thank God for those opportunities, and I thank God for letting me be on a stage where I can glorify him.”

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Stephanie Martin, a freelance journalist, has worked in Christian publishing for 28 years. She’s active at her church in Lakewood, Colorado, where she lives with her husband and two teenage daughters.