The National Football League held its professional draft Thursday night and two very prominent Christian college players are now on their way to the big leagues.
University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is heading to play for the Denver Broncos. Tebow has been very vocal about his faith, and he is known for writing scripture verses beneath his eyes.
The No. 1 pick for the draft was Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, who was chosen by the St. Louis Rams. He has also been very public about his faith in Jesus Christ.
Since the game's inception hundreds of thousands of young men have played collegiate football, but only 74 hold the distinction of winning the Heisman Trophy. In 2008, Bradford joined Tebow as the youngest ever to be inducted into this exclusive group of gridiron stars. And now as a top NFL draftee, he is relying on his faith to help him keep his priorities in order.
Bradford told CBN News how faith has fueled his game.
"I do realize that God has given me so many blessings in my life," he said. "I am living through Him and that I have a responsibility to set an example to younger kids to show them that you can't do things on your own. God will help you, He will guide you and it's a great thing to have Him in your life."
Bradford realizes he'll face enormous pressure in the NFL.
"That can be a humbling experience knowing that the weight of the team is on your shoulders," he added. "How do you deal with that? I think God, when you spend time with him, and the more you read, the more He shows you by example what it is to be a leader."
One of those examples came the night before his first game as a starter -- when he read the story of David and Goliath.
"Obviously I was really nervous," he explained. "I was looking to the Lord for strength and it was just something that He pointed me towards. But the other thing that I just love about that story is that David went out there and he didn't go out there as David. He went out there as David with God and through God. And I really felt confident whenever I took the field knowing that He was right there behind me. And it's something that has become kind of tradition and its something that I do before every game now."
As Bradford heads to the NFL he understands that many will say the ultimate goal to strive for is a Super Bowl championship. But for him, he is striving much more.
"I really don't see a reason why you wouldn't want to have a relationship with Jesus Christ," Bradford said. "Not only was He the greatest human being to ever walk the earth, He's everything that I want to strive for, He's everything that anyone should ever want to strive for."