17 NFL Players Who LOVE Jesus (and Football)

Christian Football Players in the NFL

#16. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders quarterback

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When Carr signed his new contract last year for $25 million he was the highest paid NFL player in history. At the news conference announcing the deal Carr pledged to tithe the huge amount.

That’s quite a commitment from a man who admits he strayed from the faith after being raised in a godly Christian home. He says the love of Jesus expressed through a woman drew his heart back to God.

One day God used a beautiful young woman, Heather Neel, to get his attention. They met at BJ’s Brewhouse, where she worked as a server. “I hit on her. I talked to her. I used a corny pickup line and it worked. She told me I needed to come to church with her.”

Heather began to pray for Derek to come back to the Lord. “One day we got in an argument over something. I won the argument and then she grabbed my hand and started praying for me.”

That is the day my life changed and I said no to sin.” He married Heather in 2012 and they have two sons.

“I grew up in this church and I knew who Christ was and I knew who God was and I loved him,” Derek shared in his home church in Fresno, Calif., in 2015.

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Bob Ditmer
Bob Ditmer has worked in Christian media for more than 20 years including positions with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and Focus on the Family.