Spring 2021 Magazine

NFL players share what they're thankful for

This Thanksgiving week, we have so much to be thankful. God is good and we give Him all praise and honor for what He has done for us.

We asked a few of our NFL friends to share with Sports Spectrum what they are most thankful for in 2017.

Matt Forte, New York Jets

“I’m thankful for the simple things! What I mean by that is all of the daily blessings God blesses us with that we oftentimes take for granted; like waking me up this morning because someone somewhere went to sleep last night and didn’t get up. Like the air we breathe in order to live that we so naturally take for granted…God provides. The use of my limbs, eyes, ears, mouth, being clothed in my right mind. I mean I could go on and on about the intricate details that God blesses us with daily. That’s why to me sometimes you have to take a step back from the business of life and truly thank Him for what he’s done and continues to do in our lives.  Thank you Heavenly Father for your unconditional, steadfast everlasting love.”

Corey Moore, Houston Texans

“I️ am thankful that God has blessed me with this talent to play the game I️ love. I’m thankful for my family, my organization, and I’m very thankful for the blessing and lessons I️ have learned throughout this process.”

Alfred Morris, Dallas Cowboys

“I’m thankful for all the doors that God has opened in my life and the blessings that came with them. But even more so I’m thankful for the doors He has closed in my life and the closeness to Him as a result of it.”

Demario Davis, New York Jets

“There’s so much I’m thankful for, not only in the past but in the present. I’m thankful for my wife. I’m thankful for my kids. I’m thankful for my health. I’m thankful that I can play this game. And if everything was taken away from me — if this world passed away — I would still be thankful because the thing I’m most grateful for is my relationship with God. Before we go to God to ask Him for anything, we need to be thankful for all that He’s given us, all that He’s done, and most importantly, all that He is. Our God is constantly revealing His character to us, displaying His power, wisdom and love for us to see. Our first priority should be to praise Him for who He is — the all-powerful God. Without Him, we are nothing.”

Psalm 100

A psalm of thanksgiving.

Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
    Worship the Lord with gladness.
    Come before him, singing with joy.
Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
    He made us, and we are his.[a]
    We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
    go into his courts with praise.
    Give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good.
    His unfailing love continues forever,
    and his faithfulness continues to each generation.