Philadelphia Eagles Player Has Baptized 5 of His Teammates

The Philadelphia Eagles NFL team has managed to do something not many other professional teams are doing: Many players are have forged a bond through their spirituality.

Religious players are pretty common in the league, but for many of these players, they live out their lives and faiths together—going as far as being baptized by a teammate in the team's recovery pool at the practice facility.

Chase Daniel, a quarterback for the team, hosts a Bible study for couples weekly, there's a weekly Bible study that happens at the practice facility, as well as prayer sessions among the teammates the night before they play a game. Daniel told ESPN: "This is by far the most spiritual team I've been on."

Trey Burton, who is a tight end on the team and the team pastor, believes that his faith in God has played a role in him being able to heal from injuries, as recently as the beginning of this season.He injured his calf and doctors told him that he would miss several weeks of play.

I had a couple guys here lay hands on me and pray on me and then I went home and had my wife and my kids and one of our pastor friends come and lay their hands on me, and immediately I woke up the next morning and I was totally fine.

He only missed one game.

The players who are of faith are careful not to berate their other team members with religion.

"We can't just take Bibles and slap them across people's heads and think they're going to want to join and learn more about Christianity," Jordan Matthews, a receiver on the team, told ESPN.

Mychal Kendricks was one of the five players baptized by Burton. He had taken part in the prayer group and says he never read the Bible, but was encouraged to get baptized as an acknowledgment of his faith in Christ and he did.

He talked to ESPN about God's work in his life:

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You look at the outside world and where some of us have come from and where our family and friends are or what we're able to do with the sport that we love, with helping people, being in a position to hold platforms that help others or enlighten others, or just make someone's day. There is some weight to it. And it's a blessing. And you ask yourself, why? There are a million guys on the street right now that can do the same thing I can do, but I'm here right now because I'm supernatural in my thinking and supernatural in the way I feel. And when you're passionate about something and you can feel it in your heart and your soul, that energy radiates outwards ... and that's the power of God right there. That's something that is to be looked at.

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Robert Branif Colace

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Robert Branif Colace replied to Nick Welch's comment

Tell that to Jesus when he got baptized in the Jordan by John. Where in the Bible does it say the church has to give authority to a baptism? Actually anyone could really baptize someone, as long as the person giving the baptism has a long, strong, unshakeable personal relationship with God, and the person getting baptized understands Jesus died for their sins, they repent of all of their sins, and they want a personal relationship with God.

Curt Rittler

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Curt Rittler commented…

Amen to that Carson! Keep up the God work! Praying for all of the team to live for the Lord! Living for the Lord is the most important Win of our lives!
Chase & Burton, thanks for your humble dedication to the Lord and your team mates!
May you all have a Blessed Christmas!!
Curt Rittler

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Tom Reilly

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Tom Reilly commented…

Could be God at work - I hope so. Still, churches have pastors/elders, not football teams. And generally speaking, churches baptize, not work buddies. I encourage all these men to find churches to submit to, since the NT clearly presents this as the norm.

Their walk in Christ, if it's real, will outlast their joint membership in the Eagles football organization. They need church homes more than they need a place on the roster, just like the rest of us need church homes more than we need fellowship in the office or on the job site.

Nick Welch

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Nick Welch replied to Tom Reilly's comment

The fact that people downvoted this humble and Biblical advice to participation in and commitment to a local church demonstrates the rampant and sinful individuality that characterises western evangelicalism (and Relevant as well). Unfortunately, none of these players were actually "baptised". For that to happen it would have needed to take place under the authority of elders in the context of the visible church.

Robert Branif Colace

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Robert Branif Colace replied to Nick Welch's comment

Tell that to Jesus when he got baptized in the Jordan by John. Where in the Bible does it say the church has to give authority to a baptism? Actually anyone could really baptize someone, as long as the person giving the baptism has a long, strong, unshakeable personal relationship with God, and the person getting baptized understands Jesus died for their sins, they repent of all of their sins, and they want a personal relationship with God.

Curt Rittler

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Curt Rittler commented…

Amen to that Carson! Keep up the God work! Praying for all of the team to live for the Lord! Living for the Lord is the most important Win of our lives!
Chase & Burton, thanks for your humble dedication to the Lord and your team mates!
May you all have a Blessed Christmas!!
Curt Rittler

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