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Zach Johnson winning the Masters Tournament in 2007 was the answer to a bold prayer made by PGA Tour chaplain Larry Moody. He prayed that a Christian would win and give glory to God, said Ben Crane, a Christian Tour player. That is what happened when, on Easter Sunday, Johnson won the Masters and immediately thanked his Master, Jesus Christ. In front of international press, he announced, "My goal was to glorify God, and hopefully I did that."
Johnson getting to this point was an act of God. He started out an eager, poor novice. He settled in Florida to improve his game, but God had even greater plans for him.
Growing up in church, Johnson knew about God and faith. What he lacked was a personal relationship with Christ. He didn't realize this until pre-marital counseling with his wife Kim (who he met in Florida). It was during this time that he truly met Christ.
He is now a faithful Christian with a large platform for sharing his faith. He may or may not win another major tournament, but he knows that whatever happens is in God's plan,
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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."
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?