WATCH: 'I ONCE WAS' - Former NFL Safety Jordan Richards


Stories of transformation from the lives of pro athletes


Success had always come pretty naturally to Jordan Richards — until it didn’t. He was a freshman at Stanford and felt like a failure. But some football teammates invited him to a players-led Bible study, after which they suggested he meet with a mentor of theirs. After weeks of meeting one-on-one, the mentor asked, “Jordan, do you want to know Jesus personally?” Jordan decided he did, and soon discovered the freeing feeling of walking through failure and fear with Jesus by his side.

Watch the video above to hear Jordan Richards 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.

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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
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