Nowadays God, Sports Go Hand in Hand

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From politicians to Hollywood stars, those in the national spotlight aren't always on their best behavior.

But a growing number of top athletes are choosing to take a different path, embracing the challenge of the Apostle Paul to "be imitators of Me, as I am of Christ."

Tim Tebow is a Heisman Trophy winner, two-time national College football champion and also an unashamed believer in Jesus Christ

Just days ago, speaking at a prison in Florida, he shared his testimony with inmates.  While most college football players are focused on the new season ahead, Tebow takes every chance he gets, to share about his faith in Christ.

At a recent Media Day the quaterback was asked by a reporter if he is saving himself for marriage.

Tebow laughed at first, but then said, "Yes I am," leaving the room of reporters shocked.

But Tebow is hardly alone in using the spotlight on him to bring glory to God.

New York Mets outfielder Daniel Murphy said on The 700 Club he "wouldn't be here without what the Lord has done."

This past Sunday, a front-page New York Times story focused on the growing number of athletes coming to faith in Christ.

Motorcrosser Brian Deegan told the newspaper that he believes a Christian should try and set a good example for those around him.

A sentiment Albert Pujols agrees with.

Pujols is the most popular player in baseball today, getting more votes than anyone else at this summer's All Star Game, even catching the ceremonial first pitch from President Barack Obama.  Yet, he and his wife aren't as interested in success, as they are in their faith in Christ.

Click play to watch the CBN News report followed by an interview with CBN Sports Reporter Shawn Brown about Christian athletes.

*Originally published August 6, 2009

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