I grew up in a good Christian family and learned about God at an early age. However it wasn't until I was in my adult years that I truly understood what it meant to be a child of God.
All through high school and college and even the early years of my career I didn't really buy into the concept of God's grace. Sure I believed in Jesus, thanked God for my blessings, and even prayed occasionally. The problem was all in who I thought I was. All of my self worth was based on my actions; in general, my actions on a daily basis, more specifically, how I performed on the football field. In my mind, my play on the football field became who I was, when in reality it is only what I did.
Some struggles in my career and the birth of my children helped me some things in perspective. No one can earn a good standing with the Lord (Romans 3:23, Titus 3:5). Jesus did all the work for us when He died on the cross. He paid the price for all our sins. I realized that God loves me no matter how bad I screw up in life or how poorly I played on the field. The great thing is that I once I realized this and took the pressure off of myself, I messed up a lot less. I became a much better football player as well. I believe it is a matter of giving your life over to Jesus completely. Bad things still happen to all of us sometimes, but with the knowledge of God's grace one can get through it. If you are reading this, I hope you realize God's love for you, and ask Him to be your Savior as well".
Andy is a 6'4" 300 pound offensive lineman who played for the St. Louis Rams in the Super Bowl twice (as the center for Kurt Warner). and won once. For several of those years with the Rams, he never missed a game OR snap. Now retired, Andy and his wife Christine have 6 children and are involved with youth sports (basketball and soccer) and varsity HS coaching. He also is involved with FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), Awana, and teaches Sunday School. He also works as a financial advisor with a Christ-centered financial group called Resource One Advisors. (www.RS1A.com)
Richfield Revere HS(Ohio)
NFL - Cleveland, New Orleans, St. Louis, Detroit (15 yrs)
2006 Walter Payton Award Finalist
SUPER BOWL CHAMPION