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Trey Hillman

The new manager of the Kansas City Royals is Trey Hillman. That's Trey Hillman. "I'm a no-name," he says. "I've never managed in the major leagues in the United States." After 19 years in a variety of managing positions, Hillman finally reached the major leagues. "I had to manage 'A' ball for 8 years before I got promoted to Double A," he says, "and I believe that everything I went through is coming full circle. I believe I'll go through more. I believe that's part of God's plan for me."

Although Hillman is a no-name, he has been a very successful manager. In Japan, he led the downtrodden Hokkaido Nippon Ham franchise, which had gone 25 years without a pennant, to victory in the 2006 Japan Series.

Now that Hillman is a manager in the major leagues, he is not going to take lightly a promise he made many years ago. "I made God a promise a long time ago, and that promise was this: 'Give me an opportunity with a platform in professional baseball, and I will never be hesitant; I will not be shy about professing my faith.'"

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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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