Fall 2021 SS Magazine

Arizona Cardinals' David Johnson flaunts T-shirt saying he's 'approved' by Jesus

Forget the money. David Johnson is more concerned about Jesus.

The Arizona Cardinals running back, who went All-Pro with more than 2,000 yards from scrimmage in 2016, is due for a new contract. Now that he’s back to full health and Todd Gurley’s cashed in big, that’s even more apparent.

And yet, when a reporter asked this weekend if Johnson was “trying to send a message” about his contract desires with a T-shirt reading “Approved,” the Pro Bowler informed the media of the truth.

“No, I like this shirt,” he said with a laugh, explaining that he got it as gift from Christian rapper KB.

Johnson’s “Approved” shirt is part of KB’s His Glory Alone merchandise, which highlights “personal devotion to God.” And the shirt’s backside includes, in full, Philippians 2:1-11, which speaks of having “encouragement from being united with Christ,” prompts believers to “have the same mindset as Christ Jesus” and prophesies that “every tongue (will) acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord.”

Johnson, of course, has been outspoken about his Christian faith, saying upon his return to the field that he’s “in God’s hands” and revealing on the Sports Spectrum podcast that he credits God for his career.

“I’m blessed, and I thank God for giving me this platform, for giving me the ability and the skill to play in this league,” Johnson said. “I try not to get down on God. If it wasn’t for Him, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

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