Fall 2021 SS Magazine

Tight end Trey Burton baptizes his son: 'My little man is forever changed'

Trey Burton is well known around the NFL as a man of God. He might be best known to the public as the one who threw the “Philly Special” touchdown pass in Super Bowl LII, but he’s also been known to get in the water and baptize teammates.

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On Sunday, he got in the water outside of his church in Tampa and baptized his 6-year-old son, Jaxon.

“My little man is FOREVER CHANGED!” Trey wrote on Twitter, with a video of the baptism. “I’m so proud of Jax for his boldness and thankful for the spirit he has been given. Praying he will keep his eyes fixed on Jesus no matter what is going on in the world.”

Burton finished the caption by citing Jeremiah 29:13, which says,”You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.”

When the pastor asked Jaxon to say who is his Savior now and forevermore, Jaxon declared, “Jesus Christ.”

It was surely a special moment for Trey and his wife, Yesenia, who also have two daughters. And it adds to the special year Trey has had with his family. He played this past season on a one-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts, and because of all the COVID restrictions, was able to spend more time with his family than he would have in a normal year.

Now, he’s pondering his future. He enjoyed his time in Indianapolis and says he knows he can still play at a high level. But with his kids getting older and in full-time school, his career decisions are about more than just him.

“My decisions don’t just affect me, they affect my family,” Burton wrote last month for The Increase. “But whatever happens, I have an incredible peace during this situation. I’ve never been the guy who wants to play 30 years in the league and then never walk again. I know I still have the ability to play, so if God wants me to play, I know He will open up the right doors for us.”

The Colts did recently acquire quarterback Carson Wentz, a good friend of Burton’s from their time together in Philadelphia, but returning to Indianapolis could mean Burton would have to be away from his family in Tampa. He could attempt to sign with the defending-champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a move that would allow him to play and still be with his family.

Being present for his kids is something Burton also recently discussed on The Increase.

“Over the last eight years I’ve been discovering what it means to be a dad,” he wrote. “I never had a dad growing up, so I really wasn’t sure how to do this. But one thing I knew is that I wanted to be present in my kids’ lives.”

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