EVAN MCPHERSON, NO. 1
Evan McPherson, a Bengals rookie kicker, has swiftly established himself as a household name. McPherson set records in his debut season as a professional football player by being the first placekicker in NFL history to make 12 postseason field goals without missing a single one. He’s also the only rookie placekicker in postseason history to make 12 field goals.
McPherson was seen wearing a black t-shirt that stated “God is Good” after hitting a 52-yard field goal to beat the Tennessee Titans in late January. He later echoed that emotion on Instagram, captioning a shot of himself pointing up on the football field with the words “God is good!! Psalm 34:8.” According to Psalm 34:8, “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.”
He then returned to Instagram after the squad won the AFC championship, stating, “To God be the glory!!” 3:16,” says John.
McPherson also revealed his beliefs on social media after being named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month in December and after being picked in the 2021 NFL Draft by the Bengals.
McPherson turned to Twitter after being selected in the draft, writing, “For Him, Through Him, Because of Him!”
Your plans will be established if you commit your job to the Lord.’ I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my life! Proverbs 16:3 Gators, go!
According to the Baptist Press, growing up, McPherson, who was a fifth-round draft pick out of the University of Florida, attended First Baptist Church in Fort Payne, Alabama.
JALEN RAMSEY NO.6
Jalen Ramsey was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016 and joined the Rams in 2019. On Sunday, Ramsey, a defensive end, is expected to face Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase. Ramsey talked about the importance of faith in his personal and professional life during interviews this week.
According to Sports Spectrum, Ramsey declared, “I am nothing without my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” “I mean, I’m nothing without His love and forgiveness, and without Him dying for my sins. I’m a sinner by nature, and I’m far from flawless, which is why I so desperately need the Lord “Added he.
“I have to always rely on my faith, give God the glory, and allow God to truly work through me and my heart as I strive to improve. That’s how I’m trying to grow and progress as a person “Added he.
Ramsey labels himself as a “Child of God via my trust in Christ” on his Twitter bio, as Christian Headlines has reported. His Twitter account’s pinned message also reads, “You can’t tell me we haven’t been chosen! God is the MOST POWERFUL! Thank you, Lord!”
The two-time Pro Bowler is also known for wearing bespoke thigh pads with crosses on them and drawing enormous black crosses beneath his eyes in eye black during games.
BECKHAM, ODELL JR., NO. 7
Odell Beckham Jr., a former New York Giant, joins the Rams in November 2021. Beckham made his faith public for the first time in 2018 when he was baptized in the Jordan River in Israel. Then-Giant uploaded a series of photos of himself being baptized at the time, labeling them, “A NEW BEGINNING… What an era! #ImForgiven #Jerusalem”
In a subsequent post on his trip to Israel, he added, “I couldn’t have asked for a better present!!!! I can’t thank you enough, God, for this. My journey has only just begun….”
Beckham has been publicly praising the Lord on a regular basis since then.
Beckham tweeted a sequence of photos of himself from the 2021-2022 football season on January 22, one day before the Rams were slated to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the playoffs, with the statement, “The road ahead will not always be smooth… I’m telling you, if you stay down, stay humble, and stay true… With God on your side, you’ll always come out on top.” He went on to say, “I just wanted to express my gratitude to him for all of the blessings I’ve had and will receive in the future. This hasn’t been easy, to say the least.”
He published more images from the season a few days later, on January 26, writing, “All of this was part of God’s plan… Continue to walk with faith!”
JOHNNY HEKKER, NO. 8
After going undrafted in 2012, the Rams signed Johnny Hekker, who is regarded as one of the finest punters in the league. Hekker is the Rams’ longest-serving player and also serves as the team’s captain. He was selected first-team All-Pro in 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017 and is a four-time Pro Bowler.
Hekker has been outspoken about his Christian religion for a long time. Hekker spoke to Sports Spectrum, a faith-based news organization, just before the Rams faced the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII in 2019.. “The depth of knowledge that you get from truly opening up the Word and reading it, and just the experience that you get the more you sit down and really practice it [is great],” Hekker told the outlet when questioned about how his faith has grown throughout the year. “Praying at night with my wife [Makayla], and now that we have a son, it’s fantastic to see the perspective of a Father’s love that comes from having your own children. I could stay there all day staring at him, and that’s how God the Creator sees us, so it’s a powerful viewpoint to have.”
Hekker also volunteered his backyard pool as a baptismal pool for colleague Rodger Saffold, who was considering committing his life to Christ at the time.
Hekker praised the Lord once more on Twitter on January 30th, after the Rams won the NFC Championship game and advanced to the Super Bowl “The throne is occupied by God. I’m grateful for His love and the benefits that this season has brought. Here comes the #SuperBowl!!!!”
Note that this isn’t a complete list of Christian athletes who competed in Super Bowl LVI.