If asked, most sports fans would acknowledge that the NFL is the most religious of all professional sports.
“I’d like to thank my Lord and Savior,’ has been part of post game interviews in football for decades.
And the face of NFL Christianity, Tim Tebow, made it vogue for athletes to openly talk about Christ as if He were the team’s offensive coordinator.
Since Tebow played QB, I decided to start at that position when placing numbers behind the amount of professed Christians (QBs publicly stating they are born-again or have clearly established themselves as evangelical Christians).
I’ve taken the number one listed QB on each team’s current depth chart. These numbers may change by the beginning of the 2016 season by performance or injury.
Here’s how the numbers played out:
NFL 21 out of 32 starting QB’s, or 65.62% are professed Christians.
The AFC 7 of 16 starting QB’s, or 43.75% are professed Christians.
The NFC 14 of 16 starting QBs, or 87.50% are professed Christians.
2 divisions, the NFC East and the NFC South, have all 8 QB’s professing faith in Christ.
So if you are pulling strictly for Christian QB’s this season, it’s the NFC that should have your support.
By team, professed Christians:
Buffalo Bills – Tyrod Tyler – “Without God I can’t do anything. I have put my faith in Him, and through Him I believe I can achieve anything.” FCA.
Miami Dolphins – Ryan Tannehill – “Your personal time with God is huge, your quiet time, your study, prayer, but being around other Christian followers, and the church just feeds you.” Christian Post.
Cincinnati Bengals – Andy Dalton – “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.” Twitter account bio.
Pittsburgh Steelers – Ben Roethlisberger – Roethlisberger and wife Ashley Harlan have been members at Christ Church at Grove Farm in Ohio Township, since 2011. “Ben and Ashley have been very consistent and genuine in their worship,” the Rev. Bruce Cote. Triblive.
Tennessee Titans – Marcus Mariota – “Going ‘all in’ for God is glorifying Him with the abilities He’s given us and shining our light for Him.” Interview Charisma Magazine.
Oakland Raiders – Derek Carr – “I have a very strong faith in God. He is the reason I play football. He has given me this special talent and I want to use it to glorify Him.” Source: his own website: Derekcarrqb.com
San Diego Chargers – Phillip Rivers – “Faith, family, and football are how I prioritize my life.” Source: CBN.com
Dallas Cowboys – Tony Romo – “I don’t want to squander a gift that’s been given to me to do this, I want to give back the way I think the Lord intended when he allowed me to have these abilities.” Source: Dallas News.
Philadelphia Eagles – Sam Bradford – “The minute you start to think that you’re first and your plans matter more than God’s is the minute your life starts to go the wrong way.” Source: iamsecond.com
New York Giants – Eli Manning – Eli is not outspoken about his faith, however, his father Archie and brother Peyton has referenced Eli’s Christian faith in interviews with CBN.
Washington Redskins – Kirk Cousins – Cousins has already published a Christian book called Game Changer: Faith, Football & Finding Your Way, in which he proposes that with enough prayer and Bible study.
Green Bay Packers – Aaron Rodgers – “My desire has always been to follow a quote from St. Francis of Assisi, who said, ‘Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.’ …I would rather people have questions about why I act the way I act…and then given an opportunity at some point, then you can talk about your faith a little bit.” Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal
Minnesota Vikings – Teddy Bridgewater – “As a 9-year-old, I was running into trouble, hanging out with the wrong crowd. I have a single-parent background, moving often from home to home. A lot was happening with my family. One Sunday I went to the front of the church and poured my heart out to God. He gets all the praise and all the glory for what’s happened in my life.”
Atlanta Falcons – Matt Ryan-Ryan has given his testimony at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes fundraiser in Douglasville Baptist Church in Georgia.
Carolina Panthers – Cam Newton – “I just can’t stop smiling because God has his hands on me. I’m on somebody’s fantasy league team. And I think it’s the man upstairs. It’s great to walk away from something like that.” Source: BreatheCast.com
New Orleans Saints – Drew Brees – “At the time, I felt like this is the worst thing that could ever happen to me … I began asking God, ‘Why me?’, ‘Why now?’ A year later, I thought, ‘God, that was probably the best thing that happened to be,’ because otherwise I never would have had the opportunity to come here and be a part of this community and this rebuilding effort.” Source: Christian Post
Tampa Bay Bucs – James Winston – “Through everything we went through, we came out victorious! God did this. I’m so blessed. There is nobody but God. There is nobody!” Source: God Reports Winston was baptized with his fiancée in March of this year.
Arizona Cardinals – Carson Palmer – “I’ve been a Christian as long as I can remember. I’ve always been in church with my family through high school and college.” Source: Sports Spectrum.
San Francisco 49ers – Colin Kaepernick – “Psalm 27:3: Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident,” “Psalm 18:39: You armed me with strength for battle; you humbled my adversaries before me.”
Seattle Seahawks – Russell Wilson – That’s God setting it up, to make it so dramatic, so rewarding, so special, I’ve been through a lot in life, and had some ups and downs. It’s what’s led me to this day.” Source: ProFootballTalk.com.