Faith helps them to grow as men too
The Philadelphia Eagles, with 10 wins and one loss, are enjoying an excellent season. Fans of the team, however, know the they are composed of more than winners. They are good men, bound by faith and charity. The Eagles are led in its evangelical zeal by Carson Wentz , the quarterback. The team's locker room does not reflect the toxic divisiveness of the NFL. Christianity has made it a wonderful place to be in. The team has released a video on how Christianity has been the binding force of the locker room on their Facebook page.
Even though any journey towards faith is a deeply personal affair, the Philadelphia Eagles have made this journey a public, family show. Wentz is not the only player to be vocal about his faith. Torrey Smith, the team's wide receiver, and Chris Maragos, safety team member, are also quite vocal in the locker room. They tell personal redemption stories to rally people around them. In the video, Wentz informs the viewer how he grew up influenced by the church and even got confirmed in one. He said during the first few years of his life, he did not know why he went to church, but this changed when he enrolled in college. His mentors there walked him through the Bible. The player then read the complete New Testament during the initial three months of the freshman semester. Christ became real to him.
As a majority of Sundays during football season are busy game days, the Philadelphia Eagles have their own chapel at the team facility. The latter hosts weekly Bible studies and services for players and also for their families. “Every Monday night we have a couple’s Bible study. We have a Thursday night team Bible study. And Saturday nights, we actually get together the night before the game and just kind of pray and talk through the Word and what guy’s have been reading, what they’re struggling with, and just kind of keep it real with each other. To have that here in an NFL facility like this, it’s really special,” Wentz said.
According to Wentz, Maragos, and Smith, all of them are proud of the way they and other teammates have pushed each other not only to improve their game but also as men. They said that they are aware of the highs and the lows which comes with the game. It is however important not to lose focus on the ultimate prize, which is living one's life for the Lord.
— Chad Stutzman (@chadstutzman) November 4, 2017