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The Colorado Rockies surprised America by winning the National League Championship in 2007, taking them to the threshold of the World Series. Right in the center the notoriety and success were Matt Holliday and Todd Helton who became role models to many, not only because of their impressive stats, of which they certainly could boast, but largely because of their decency on and off the baseball diamond.
Holliday and Helton actually don't boast about personal accomplishments. Instead, they focus on their personal relationships with the Lord. They humbly acknowledge that God is using them where they are. "If I...prepare my heart for a chance to share with others, God will use me," says Holliday. Helton, who in recent years recommitted his life to Christ, strives to lean on Him. He admits that though athletes "still have the same problems that everybody else does...faith helps."
The two baseball stars don't like to overplay their faith and never claim their success comes because they're Christians. They do believe, however, that God has placed them on a strong team with rare and special camaraderie. They simply rely on that support and desire to live lives that set an example of integrity for others.
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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?