On February 4, 2018, millions of people had their eyes fixed on U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, as the Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII. As we watched Nick Foles lead the Eagles on the field, however, something amazing was also happening on the sidelines.
Wentz is the Eagles star quarterback. The Eagles paid a king’s ransom to trade up to the 2nd selection of the 2016 draft to select him and have been building their team around him ever since. Wentz has done nothing but prove that he was worth it. He’s not only been a great quarterback, but he’s also demonstrated strong character, and a selfless, team-first attitude. He’s been quite vocal about the reason behind his attitude; his faith. Wentz started a charity called AO1 – Audience of One. During Week 13 of the 2017 season, the NFL sponsored a “My Cause, My Cleats” program, in which players could wear custom cleats promoting their favorite charity. Wentz and other Eagles wore AO1 cleats, complete with the Bible Verse, Romans 5:8, which reads; but God shows His love for us in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Wentz spent the 2017 season, not only leading the Eagles to the playoffs, but by telling the world that he’s a Christian. Wentz accomplished a great deal!
But he didn’t play in the Super Bowl.
In Week 14, in a game against the Rams in Los Angeles, Wentz tore his ACL. After his injury, however, what Wentz did was perhaps more impressive than any of his on-field accomplishments thus far in his young career. Instead of leaving his team to focus on his own rehab and recovery, Wentz stuck by his teammates on the sidelines. He took on the role of encourager, mentor, and friend. When the defense was on the field, he would sit by his replacement, Nick Foles’, side, helping him make in game adjustments. He genuinely rooted for his team to succeed – even when that meant winning the Super Bowl without him. Even in his weakness, Wentz showed the world what the heart of a Christian ought to look like.
Wentz, along with several other Eagles players, put together a devotional series for the YouVersion Bible App. Here’s what Wentz had to say;
One of my favorite things about God is His creativity. He’s blessed us all with different skills, different abilities, different passions, different things that we’re good at, and I think that’s so unique, and in 1 Peter 4:10 it says; “Each of you should use whatever gift you have receive to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” And various forms is what really jumps out to me, ‘cause, you see, I’ve been gifted to play football, as a professional quarterback. But there’s other people who have been gifted to be pastors, to be businessmen… to be teachers, dentists, nurses, you name it. And we all have this different mission field. We all have this different platform and potential reach with our influence, but, at the end of the day, we all have the same mission. And what’s our mission? In Acts 1:8, Jesus says; “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in Samaria and Judea, and to all the ends of the earth.” So, at the end of the day, no matter what your job is, not matter where you’re at, no matter who you’re surrounded by, God has put it on your heart, and your mission is to tell the world about Him. To spread the Gospel. To do it with love. And that is our ultimate mission. And it’s ultimately to do it for the Lord and to further His kingdom
Wentz had hoped his job this season would be to lead the Eagles to the Super Bowl as their starting quarterback – and to bring God glory on the field. It turns out, his job was to serve as a supportive voice on the sideline. He embraced this unexpected, unwanted job with the same zeal he uses on the field, and has brought God glory in his humility and his love for his teammates.
To read more about the Philadelphia Eagles and their Christian faith, check out Rob Maadi’s book, Birds of Pray, available on Amazon.
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