Athlete Profiles:

Stevie Waltrip

Life is different now for Stevie Waltrip. Now that her husband, three-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Darrell, is out of a full-time ride in a stock car, her family no longer has to travel four out of seven days for 36 weeks every year. But one thing hasn't changed for Stevie: Her mission of telling as many people about the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ as possible.

It wasn't until the early 1980s that Stevie began to pursue a deeper relationship with God. She began attending Bible Study Fellowship classes, and she had the opportunity to study God's Word in depth. Out of that desire to study God's Word and to provide a sense of unity and community was born an organization called Motor Racing Outreach (MRO). Darrell and Stevie, who were founding partners in the organization, serve as chairpersons of the MRO Board of Directors. MRO is committed to introducing racing communities to a personal faith in Christ and growth in that faith.

Despite her insistence that life is different now, Stevie is certain her work for the Lord is not over. "I believe the Lord wants us to retire from what we do now, but not in our service to Him."


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Tim Tebow

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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."

Shaun Alexander

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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