If you’ve been anywhere near our site today, you noticed we’re pretty excited for certain members of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. One of those guys is Zach Ertz, the Eagles star tight end. Ertz snagged seven passes in the game and hauled in one for a touchdown, but earlier in the week, he spoke about making a difference another way: discipleship.
Sports Spectrum spoke with Ertz for their “Football Sunday” series, and the football pro talked about using his platform to spread the Word of Jesus: “Our No. 1 goal on this Earth is to make disciples. That’s the only job we want to do. So this is a platform we have to draw people to the Word, to Jesus. That’s something we don’t take for granted by any means.”
Ertz shared a little bit of his testimony as well. “I always knew Jesus, but I didn’t have the relationship I do now. This past year I was going through some things. I’d be really high if I had a great game and really low if I had a bad game. I’d see guys in the locker room—Carson [Wentz], Trey Burton, Jordan Hicks, Jordan Mathews—who would always remain even-keeled. I was envious of them, and they always pushed me to grow in my faith. I was baptized this past offseason in California before my wedding. Last March is when I truly dedicated my life, and it was the best thing that ever happened.”
Ertz was asked about how he can stay focused on his purpose amid all the craziness of the Super Bowl experience, and he said: “The seeds were sown a long time ago. I’ve been able to prepare for this week because I’ve been in the Word the past year and have teammates who push me every day. We’re never going to let each other slip.”