The Super Bowl is upon us once again, so how does that relate to the Bible? While watching the playoffs and some of the pre-bowl coverage this week, I couldn’t help but notice quite a few players quoting scriptures as encouragement and confirmation that God cares. (Does God really care about football?). The most outspoken of the group has been the Raven’s Ray Lewis, but others who will be taking the field this Sunday have tossed out a few of their own. Here are a sampling, enjoy!
Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens, Linebacker
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.” – Psalm 91:1-2 KJV
Nevertheless, the verse that Lewis has been quoting most often for the past month is found in Isaiah. At nearly every opportunity, to give God the credit for the Raven’s run to the Super Bowl, Ray Lewis says, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper”, from Isaiah 54:17.
Colin Kaepernik, San Francisco 49ers, Quarterback
The San Francisco 49ers created a stir in the NFL earlier in the season when coach Jim Harbaugh opted to to replace starting quarterback Alex Smith with second-year rookie Colin Kaepernick. Smith had suffered a concussion and so missed some games, but Kaepernick did so well that Harbaugh decided to make the move permanent. His rationale that he believed Kaepernick gave the team the best chance of getting to the Super Bowl proved to be right. During an interview this week, I caught the young quarterback quoting the Bible.
“For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.” – Psalm 18:39 KJV
Now for a blast from the past, a notable Super Bowl winner, and Christian, is Tony Dungy head coach of the Super Bowl XLI winning Indianapolis Colts in 2007. Dungy in an interview revealed his three favorite Bible verses, clearly he is a fan of Matthew.
“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” – Matthew 16:26 NIV
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.” – Matthew 7:13 NIV
“The greatest among you will be your servant.” – Matthew 23:11 NIV
Have you heard any other players quoting the Word? If you have, please share with our readers by leaving a Comment.
Oh, yeah…and enjoy the game this Sunday!