Summer 2024

WATCH: 'I ONCE WAS' - NFL Kicker Dustin Hopkins


Stories of transformation from the lives of pro athletes


Dustin Hopkins thought he was a good kid growing up — “better than most” — and attended church enough to hear stories about Jesus. But at a Christmas Eve service when Dustin was 9 years old, it was the first time he actually had “ears to hear.” He heard the Gospel presented in a way that showed God had authority over his life. “Lord, I’m not good enough. Jesus, come into my life,” Dustin confessed that night. Ever since, God has proven His abounding mercy and grace toward Dustin time and time again.

Watch the video above to hear Dustin Hopkins tell his “I Once Was” story.


We’re all in the middle of a story, and whether we admit it or not, we want our stories to matter. It’s those stories of deep and lasting impact that come to life when a person encounters Jesus, and responds to Him by faith. “I Once Was” invites professional athletes to share their own transformational stories, describing the very moment that changed their lives forever.

WATCH: ‘I ONCE WAS’ – MLB Shortstop Tommy Edman
WATCH: ‘I ONCE WAS’ – Former MLB All-Star Matt Holliday
WATCH: ‘I ONCE WAS’ – Former NHL Player Nate Prosser
WATCH: ‘I ONCE WAS’ – Former MLB Catcher Matt Wieters
WATCH: ‘I ONCE WAS’ – NFL Wife Kristin Young
WATCH: ‘I ONCE WAS’ – Pro Football Hall Of Famer Bryant Young
WATCH: ‘I ONCE WAS’ – NFL Linebacker Demario Davis
WATCH: ‘I ONCE WAS’ – MLB Pitcher Adam Wainwright
WATCH: ‘I ONCE WAS’ – Former NHL Player Mike Fisher
WATCH: ‘I ONCE WAS’ – Former NFL Tight End Benjamin Watson
WATCH: ‘I ONCE WAS’ – NHL Defenseman Josh Manson
WATCH: ‘I ONCE WAS’ – Former NFL linebacker Lorenzo Alexander
WATCH: ‘I ONCE WAS’ – MLB Shortstop Nick Ahmed
WATCH: ‘I ONCE WAS’ – NFL Quarterback Nick Foles
WATCH: ‘I Once Was’ Intro – Stories of transformation from pro athletes
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