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Todd MacCulloch

Being in the right place at the right time, doing the right thing, and trying to help those in need. That describes much of Todd MacCulloch's early life, and it paints a pretty good picture of the man today. He arrived in Philadelphia with little fanfare from the University of Washington in 1999. Few people east of the PAC-10 Conference knew much about him. But MacCulloch experienced enough success in those first few years that soon all of Philly knew his name.

MacCulloch indeed steadily made a mark with his prowess on the basketball court. But it's off the court where he seems to be having his greatest impact as he strives to do the right thing. There's a great desire within him to walk in purity and integrity.

MacCulloch was raised in a loving Christian home and was taught the basics of love, faith, humility, and service from his earliest years. "We've always had the Word in our lives, and though I've struggled at times I've always believed," says Todd, "and I've always known that that's what I need to be doing." Those seeds planted early in life continue to bear fruit today.

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Tim Tebow

As the current quarterbacks for the last two national championship teams, Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow have taken center stage in two of the most intensely scrutinized college football programs in America. Even as sophomores, this concept is not lost on McCoy and Tebow. They know they are being watched. They also know that with the immediate access they have to so many people, the opportunities to be a model and a spokesperson for Jesus Christ are preeminent. "In some places it's not the cool thing to do or the popular thing to be and God is not No. 1," says McCoy.

Tebow and McCoy were both hatched from close-knit, deeply Christian upbringings that saw them come to faith at an early age. Tim Tebow's fater, Bob Tebow, heads the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association, which claims to be the conduit of close to 9 million people coming to faith in Christ in the last 8 years.

An NFL career is a goal for both of these young quarterbacks, but they are realistic enough to know there are no guarantees. McCoy looks forward to what God has in store. "God willing, I'd like to be in the NFL, but the important thing to do is His will."

Shaun Alexander

Whether Shaun Alexander spends his Sunday morning wearing a football jersey on a field or a suit in a pew, he's the same guy. "Shaun is a Christian 24/7," says close friend and teammate Mack Strong. "He's a great example. It's a testimony to him, to God."

Alexander has made a lasting name for himself in the NFL. The accomplishments and praises he's received are only dreams for many. He's not surprised by his success; he's always set lofty goals and worked hard. Now he's a household name, but he says, "This is no time to say, 'Look at me.'" That's because, for Alexander, it's not just about football. "I play football to make a difference in people's lives."

The difference he wants to make is a difference for Christ. He has a heart for providing hope, especially for youth, and giving to others as unto the Lord. That's the purpose of his foundation and the community center he started with his brother. "You can't outgive God," he says.

The best day in his life? Being valedictorian of his graduating class? Setting NFL records? Becoming 2005 MVP? No. "It was the first time I led someone to Christ," says Alexander. What else would we expect?

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