Michael Pierce spends his Sundays in the fall chasing quarterbacks and filling running lanes as a nose tackle for the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL. This pst Sunday, however, Pierce rededicated his life to Christ and got baptized.
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Pierce posted on his Instagram page that Sunday was a day to re-commit his life to the Lord, and he quoted Matthew 16:26 (ESV): “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” He also included a video of his baptism:
Church of the Highlands, a non-denominational megachurch in Pierce’s home state of Alabama, performed the baptism.
Pierce followed up with another post Monday thanking all those who had supported him throughout the process. “It’s about walking together,” Pierce said in his post. “Walking with God knowing in Christ we aren’t alone no matter the situation.”
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Big Thank You To My Brothers & Sisters In This Photo! No ones perfect and I certainly do expect to be. It’s about walking together. Walking with God knowing In Christ we aren’t alone no matter the situation. Thank you guys for supporting me yesterday! The stakes just got a little higher! Together we can accomplish much more than apart! 🙏🏾✊🏾 Big Love To My Church💘 @churchofthehighlands
Pierce, 27, has been with the Baltimore Ravens franchise since he entered the league out of Samford as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He started 13 games in 2017 and all 14 games he played in last season. In all, he’s accumulated 151 combined tackles, 3.5 sacks, four fumble recoveries and two passes defensed in his career.
The combination of Pierce and fellow believer Brandon Williams along the defensive line has helped Baltimore reach the playoffs each of the last two seasons. In 2019, the Ravens posted a 14-2 regular-season record and surrendered the third-fewest points per game in the NFL.
Pierce is set to become an unrestricted free agent when his one-year contract with the Ravens expires as the league year ends on March 18. Yet, while it is uncertain what jersey Pierce will be wearing in 2020, he can place his trust in the solid foundation of Christ.
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