As all Philadelphia sports fans know, it's not always easy to “bleed green,” but this year, the Eagles seem to be at the top of their game with a 10-1 record. While the team certainly seems to have found a connection on the field, apparently, they've forged an even stronger one off it.
In October, players gathered before their game against the Carolina Panthers to witness the baptism of wide receiver Marcus Johnson in the hotel pool. The support from players in the spiritual moment was certainly special, however, it wasn't rare.
A video, which was posted to Facebook, revealed that because NFL games prevented the Eagles players from attending church Sunday, they created chapel at their practice facility so players could still have a service.
The chapel also hosts couple's bible study Monday night and a team bible study Thursday night.
“Saturday nights we actually get together the night before the game and just kind of pray, talk through the word, what guys have been reading, what they're struggling with and kind of just keep it real with each other,” quarterback Carson Wentz revealed. “To have that here, in an NFL facility like this, it's really special.”
Wide receiver Torrey Smith rediscovered his faith in college after he realized he was “living off everyone else's salvation.” He, like some of his other teammates, value the services but explained that if someone believes something different, they're respectful and don't “throw the Bible” at them.
While the goal of the team is to win games, Wentz revealed the goal as teammates is to help each other “not lose sight of the bigger picture,” and the “ultimate prize, which is living for the Lord.”
Smith added that being able to express weakness or things in life that you want to work on with your teammates not only helps one person but everyone.
“When you're able to talk about it amongst your brothers — amongst your family — it helps you grow and when you realize you can apply Biblical principles to it, it helps us all grow,” he said.
It isn't just about them either; Smith explained it's also important to him to share God's message with kids who are facing similar uphill battles as he has.
“'If God's real, why is all of this happening to me? If He loves us so much, why are we in this situation?' That's a real struggle for a lot of people,” he said. “When you're young and growing in your faith and going to church because that's what your mom told you to do that's kind of how I was living so I can relate to them.”
He added he reminds those kids to remain “steadfast” because whatever they're going through is just one of many trials they'll face.
Safety Chris Maragos explained that as a team, they want to not only support each other on the field but off it as well and identified that effort as something that's “binding” them together.
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