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This section of our site is dedicated to Christ. Here you will find Articles relating to the Christian athlete. There are times in all of our lives when we feel like giving up and that there is no where to turn. Even in the most difficult of times our Lord is there for us. While it is difficult to hand all of our problems over to God and trust in him to lead us through our difficult times, in order to find true peace in our lives we must do just that.
Coach Bryant talking to Gene Stallings: "Bebes, do you know what is the best thing that has happened to our football team? It’s the FCA. It has brought such a oneness and closeness to our team. We were unified because of the influence FCA had on our team."
Alabama is in need of one more running back capable of breaking a game wide open for their 2008 signing class. Chris Jordan, Ivan Matchett and Jermaine Preyear have already committed, but Coach Saban and the staff would like to sign one more with this class. Still on the board are Mark Ingram of Flint, Michigan, Aundre Dean of Katy, Texas, and Jerico Nelson from Destrehan, Louisiana. All three of these backs are exceptional athletes and would make a nice addition to the 2008 signing class, which may finish as the number one class in the country. Ingram's name may sound familiar, his father was a star athlete as well. He played in the NFL and won Super Bowl XXV with the New York Giants. Unfortunately, his father, like many athletes turned down the wrong path and found himself in prison for three years for counterfeiting. He had it all right there in his hands, but he didn't take advantage of the gift God gave him. Now years later, his son is being recruited by colleges across the country and Mark finds himself trying to help young kids avoid making the same mistake he made. Listen to Mark Ingram tell his story in his own words by pressing play below.
It’s not hard being a Christian at all. I tell everybody this. You just have to have your mind made up.”
The NFL’s reigning most valuable player Shaun Alexander talks about success, delighting in God and what finally made him “cool.” By Tom Rogeberg
I wonder if NFL defensive linemen would recognize this Shaun Alexander. The Alexander they’re used to is a game-changing, offensive genius who makes his living carving up defenses for extra yardage. But this guy is so…disarming. He’s laughing with kids, putting his arms around them, and even praying with them. In this environment he certainly doesn’t look like the typical NFL megastar. Believe it or not, this is Shaun Alexander—a man who loves God, loves people and loves life. Oh, yeah. He also just happens to dominate one of the toughest sports in the world. He loves that, too.
This summer at FCA Camp, the reigning NFL MVP sat down with FCA Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing Tom Rogeberg to talk about success, delighting in God and what finally made him “cool.”Click Here to Read rest of Article
Sylvester Croom is the first African-American head football coach in the SEC. Croom played center for the the Crimson Tide under Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant from 1972-1974. He is the son of a pastor and his dad was active in the civil rights movements with Martin Luther King in the 1960s. Click the link below to listen to an interview that Sports Spectrum had with Coach Croom. He shared stories of his childhood, his past, and the Christian values instilled in him as a youth. He also previewed the SEC football season and gave his philosophy of coaching.Listen Now
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The Father's Eyes
This teenager lived alone with his father, and the two of them had a very special relationship. Even though the son was always on the bench, his father was always in the stands cheering. He never missed a game.
This young man was still the smallest of the class when he entered high school. And his father continued to encourage him but also made it very clear that he did not have to play football if he didn't want.
But the young man loved football and decided to hang in there. He was determined to try his best at every practice, and perhaps he'd get to play when he became a senior. All through high school he never missed a practice nor a game, but remained a bench warmer all four years.
His faithful father was always in the stands, always with words of encouragement for him. When the young man went to college, he decided to try out for the football team as a "walk-on." Everyone was sure he could never make the cut, but he did.
The coach admitted that he kept him on the roster because he always put his heart and soul into every practice, and at the same time, provided the other members with the spirit and hustle they badly needed. The news that he had survived the cut thrilled him so much that he rushed to the nearest phone and called his father. His father shared his excitement and was sent season tickets for all the college games.
This persistent young athlete never missed practice during his four years at college, but he never got to play in the game.
It was the end of his senior football season, and as he trotted onto the practice field shortly before the big playoff game, the coach met him with a telegram. The young man read the telegram and he became deathly silent. Swallowing hard, he mumbled to the coach, "My father died this morning. Is it all right if I miss practice today?" The coach put his arm gently around his shoulder and said, "Take the rest of the week off, son. And don't even plan to come back to the game on Saturday.
Saturday arrived, and the game was not going well. In the third quarter, when the team was ten points behind, a silent young man quietly slipped into the empty locker room and put on his football gear. As he ran onto the sidelines, the coach and his players were astounded to see their faithful teammate back so soon. "Coach, please let me play. I've just got to play today," said the young man. The coach pretended not to hear him. There was no way he wanted his worst player in this close playoff game. But the young man persisted, and finally, feeling sorry for the kid, the coach gave in. "All right," he said. "You can go in."
Before long, the coach, the players and everyone in the stands could not believe their eyes. This little unknown, who had never played before was doing everything right. The opposing team could not stop him. He ran, he passed, blocked and tackled like a star. His team began to triumph. The score was soon tied. In the closing seconds of the game, this kid intercepted a pass and ran all the way for the winning touchdown. The fans broke loose. His teammates hoisted him onto their shoulders. Such cheering you've never heard!
Finally, after the stands had emptied and the team had showered and left the locker room, the coach noticed that the young man was sitting quietly in the corner all alone. The coach came to him and said, "Kid, I can't believe it. You were fantastic! Tell me what got into you? How did you do it?" He looked at the coach, with tears in his eyes, and said, "Well, you knew my dad died, but did you know that my dad was blind?" The young man swallowed hard and forced a smile, "My dad came to all my games, but today was the first time he could see me play, and I wanted to show him I could do it."