Athlete Profiles:

Michael Redd

After winning a gold medal in the FIBA Americas tournament with Team USA, Michael Redd was certainly in the perfect place-Las Vegas- to indulge in the party scene. So what was Redd, an All-Star guard for the Milwaukee Bucks, doing to celebrate? "I'm up in my room playing some dominoes, beating up my man Rick Davis," Redd said with a chuckle.

Redd has been at the forefront of Bible studies, preaching the gospel, sharing his testimony, and leading others to Jesus. Redd says it was an honor to join Team USA, but he wasn't there for hoops alone. He says it gave him a greater stage for sharing the gospel not only to the NBA's top players but also to the world at large.

When Redd first played in the NBA with the Bucks in 2000, the temptations of the NBA lifestyle revealed themselves. "Going and bumping my head a couple times really made me understand this wasn't me, and I needed to do the things God wanted me to do," Redd says.

Redd hopes his Milwaukee Bucks team will continue to improve and contend for a championship. Besides, if a title comes, it'll give Redd one more stage on which to carry out his purpose.


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Tim Tebow

TEBOW / MCCOY
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

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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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