THIS IS EPISODE 5 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST
Sam and Emmanuel Acho are brothers who played together in college at the University of Texas and achieved their dream of making it to the NFL.
Sam was selected in the 4th round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Cardinals and played in Arizona from 2011-2014 before signing with the Bears in 2015 and playing the last 2 seasons in Chicago.
Emmanuel was selected in the 6th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. His career spanned 4 seasons with stints in Cleveland, Philadelphia and the New York Giants. Emmanuel last played in the NFL with Philadelphia in 2015.
In this episode, the Acho brothers discuss their walk with Jesus, growing up as elite athletes, faith in the NFL locker room, and how to navigate the world of race through the lens of the gospel.
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God has been doing a number on me the last 8 months. He is so good. This song has been on repeat in my heart from the very beginning. As David recounts in Psalm 51, “A broken and contrite heart He can’t deny.” God has been breaking my heart. Ridding me of all the things that so desperately fought for my allegiance. I have a new King now. His name is Jesus. He loves me so much. He loves me enough to take away the things that brought me comfort. The things that I relied on instead of Him. We don’t grow without struggle. Free agency has been a STRUGGLE. This is the longest I’ve been without a team. I never realized how football had become the king of my heart. Not the game itself, but all the things that come with the game. The fame, the access, the recognition. All of it. The only problem is, all that stuff fades. It’s temporary. God is eternal. His love for me is forever. It started, as Psalm 139 says, “when I was in my mother’s womb.” He knew me then. Even before then. He knew I would be here. At a place where I have no choice BUT TO RELY ON JESUS. I’ve shed so many tears these last 8 months. But God is allowing me to be seen, known, and loved. There. Is. Nothing. Better. Than to be seen, known, and loved. And we are. Allow God to be the King of your heart. Allow God to be the Ransom for your life. He is good. Good. GOOD. So good. There is none like Him. His love never stops working. When everyone turns their back on you, Jesus turns toward you. Sitting, waiting, patiently. Lovingly. God. Is. Good. All. The. Time. Let these lyrics wash over your heart. The King of your heart wants to be known. Get to know him. "Let the King of my heart be the mountain where I run, the fountain I drink from oh He is my song Let the King of my heart be the shadow where I hide, the Ransom for my life oh He is my song. You are good, good, oh You are good, good, oh You are good, good, oh. You are good, good, ohh Let the king of my heart be the wind inside my sails, the anchor in my waves oh He is my song Let the king of my heart be the fire inside my veins, the echo of days oh He is my song. You’re never gonna let, never gonna let me down” 📷 @andycam.jpg