Fall 2021 SS Magazine

Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay says 'we need God in our lives'

Phillip Lindsay is pretty much humility exemplified on the Denver Broncos roster.

On Sunday, in Week 12, the rookie running back was a star, going off for a career-high 110 yards to help Denver upset the AFC North-leading Pittsburgh Steelers. All year long, he’s captivated Broncos fans as the team’s lead ball-carrier, upping his season total to 780 yards on the ground, with an average of almost six yards per carry.

Yet everything else about Lindsay shows how much humility was required of him get to this point.

At 5-foot-8 and 190 pounds, the compact running back was a literal afterthought in the 2018 NFL Draft. He entered his rookie season as little more than a project backup. And before all of that, his dreams of playing college football were at one point jeopardized by a severe ACL tear suffered during his senior season at Denver South High School.

It was during that pre-NFL injury scare, however, that Lindsay found himself in a state of spiritual growth — humility — that has propelled his journey to this day.

“That’s when God taught me one of His most important lessons — that it’s not about me,” Lindsay wrote for AthletesForGod.com this summer. “It was a long overdue lesson that I needed to learn. God is going to humble you — regardless of whether it’s in football or life in general, you are going to be humbled at some point. But once we realize that we can’t do everything on our own, we start to realize that we need God in our lives.”

Lindsay, 24, is among the leading candidates for the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year Award with almost 1,000 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns for the Broncos in 11 games. He and Denver (5-6) will return to the field in Week 13 on Dec. 2 for a clash with the Cincinnati Bengals.

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