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February 6, 2014

Seahawks players share faith with media

Surrounded by reporters during Super Bowl week, several Seahawks players used their moment on one of the biggest stages in sports to share their faith in Jesus.

“God has me here for a very particular reason,” Russell Wilson, the Seahawks’ star quarterback, told reporters as he sat in the middle of cameras and microphones at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

“Just to be here in front of all these people, to go against the odds when everybody told me I couldn’t. That’s all God. That’s not me,” said Wilson, who at 5 feet 11 inches has been criticized in the past for his size and ability. “My faith ... brought me a long way,” he said Jan. 28.

In October 2013, Wilson and several other Seahawks — Russell Okung, Chris Maragos, Clint Gresham and defensive passing game coordinator coach Rocky Seto and running backs coach Sherman Smith — released a 15-minute DVD called “The Making of a Champion.” Each shared their personal testimony and how their faith in Jesus impacts them on and off the football field.

Coach Pete Carroll even helped out with a tweet about the free DVDs being handed out after the team’s Oct. 13 home game against the Tennessee Titans. About 30,000 copies of the DVDs were distributed to fans outside CenturyLink stadium. The video also is on Youtube and at makingofachampion.org.

After securing their spot in the Super Bowl, Seahawks long snapper Clint Gresham tweeted, “Hey pastors, if you are looking for a great evangelism tool, play @makingofaCHAMP for your Super Bowl halftime show!!#moac.”

Gresham, in his fourth season with the Seahawks, described his faith to Baptist Press as “everything to me.” 

“I remember being alone and empty and full of all kinds of junk in my heart, and God came in and cleaned me up and He gave me better love,” the former TCU Horned Frog said. “I just want to tell as many people about that as I can.” 

Russell Okung, Seahawks left tackle, nearly gave an altar call during his time with reporters on media day. 

“If you guys would have a relationship with Him, I’ll tell you one thing: He saves. Jesus saves,” said Okung, who made the Pro Bowl last season. “He’s everything. He’s better than an abuse, better than any history you [left] behind. He’s better than all of those things. My sincere desire ... you’re never too young, you’re never too old. ... You can never earn your way. It’s a free gift. Salvation is free for all of you. I’m a living testament that it’s real.”

In the video, Okung shared about his challenges growing up. “I look back over where I come from and I realize it’s nothing but God, nothing but Jesus,” Okung said. 

“I feel like there is no coincidence. I feel like we’ve all been given a platform in some fashion and some way. It needs to be used. It needs to be used to bring glory back ... to give it all back to God. To give it all back to Him.”

Chris Maragos, a backup free safety who also is in the video, pulled a small stack of the DVDs out of his pocket and handed them to reporters.

“[God has] been able to open a lot of doors for us,” said Maragos, a former San Francisco 49er in his fourth year of the NFL.


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