The players say they’ve been encouraged to see their teammates push each other to grow as more than just players, but as men of God.
“As men, you tend to be very sheltered. If I am going through some things, I may not express that to the next man. Only you can expose your weaknesses and the things you want to work on, whether it’s in your relationship or your marriage or your family,” Smith added. “When you’re able to talk about it amongst your brothers, amongst your family, it helps you grow. And when you realize that you can apply biblical principles to it, it helps us all grow.”
While several of the Philadelphia Eagles players have either found Christ through the love and examples set by their teammates, or simply grown in their own faith journey, Wentz makes it clear that the goal is not to convert people to Christianity, but rather to love God and love His people.
“I’m going to be genuine, I’m going to be authentic with believers, non-believers—it doesn’t matter. I am going to love on them. I’m going to treat them all the same. I’m going to respect them,” he said. “At the same time, as the leader of the football team, I am going to lead everybody the same… I think guys are willing to talk when you don’t have this self-righteous attitude; when you have that mutual respect, it just makes it a healthier environment.”
Wentz’s evangelistic approach mirrors that of Jesus.
He didn’t come to call the righteous, but the sinners (Mark 2:17).
Throughout his ministry, Jesus didn’t make it his mission for people to know Christianity. His goal was for people to know Him, and to experience the love of a savior.
The Philadelphia Eagles Christians have taken note, and they’re doing just that.
So whether you’re sporting green and white for Super Bowl 52 or not, it seems the Philadelphia Eagles is a team that we can get behind. They’re using their platform and passion to make the name of Jesus known.