Fall 2021 SS Magazine

SS PODCAST: Former Alabama football player Taylor Morton on cancer, grief & trusting in God

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Taylor Morton is a former University of Alabama football player who currently serves as a student pastor at Valley View Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He is the author of several books, including, “It’s Only Pain But it’s Real and it Hurts” and “Finding Purpose Through the Pain: Lessons Learned Through Losing Our Son.”

His football career saw him make Alabama’s team as a walk-on defensive back and eventually be a part of back-to-back BCS National Championship teams in 2012 and 2013.

But Morton’s life has been anything but easy. In 2007, Taylor’s brother, Trent, was tragically killed in a four-wheeler accident. In June 2013, Morton found out he had cancer. Nearly eight years later in March 2021, Morton and his wife, Linlee, lost their baby boy, Beckett, right before birth.

Today on the podcast, Morton shares how God is sustaining him and his wife after the loss of their son. He also talks about trusting in Jesus in the trials and how he’s found joy and hope amidst incredible pain in his life.

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