The NFL has been under a constant media storm.
A recurring criticism is that the game is too violent.
But one NFL player retired for a reason that left Christians in awe.
The NFL is still contending with attacks that collisions in the sport lead to long-term brain injury such as CTE.
Players who walk away from the game early are often celebrated for their choice.
Former player and broadcaster Ed Cunningham was commended for leaving his job as an announcer and refusing to watch the sport because of concerns over player safety.
However, not many players are given kudos for walking away from the game for spiritual reasons.
But that’s exactly what Indianapolis Colts safety Khari Willis did.
The 26-year-old former fourth-round pick out of Michigan State announced on Instagram, “I’d first like to thank the Indianapolis Colts organization for granting me the opportunity to compete in the National Football League the past three years. I’ve built lifelong relationships with numerous teammates, coaches and support staff that have impacted me greatly. The lessons that I’ve in this phase of my life will be valuable for me in my next chapter. With much prayer and deliberation, I have elected to officially retire from the NFL as I endeavor to devote the remainder of my life to the further advancement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I thank all of my family, friends and those who have supported me on this journey thus far and I look forward to your continued support through the next phase of my life. I am both humbled and excited to pursue the holy call that God has for my life which brings me much joy and purpose. Thank you all for your support over the years…”
Talk of faith tends to make people on the left squeamish, particularly those in the media.
Many in the sports media were particularly vicious toward Tim Tebow throughout his short-lived NFL career.
The rancor even carried into his minor league baseball career.
Colts head coach Frank Reich said, “We’re thankful and appreciative of Khari’s contributions to the Colts both on and off the field over the last three seasons…Khari’s character, leadership, and professionalism will be missed in our locker room as will his play on Sundays. I admire and respect his decision to transition into the next stage of his life and ministry and my prayers will always be with him.”
Other players in the league have openly expressed their faith, but they are often ignored in favor of players who spout beliefs that align with progressives.
For example, Colin Kaepernick was turned into a folk hero because of his anti-American stand.
Meanwhile, former tight end Benjamin Watson is a devout Christian who has supported pro-life causes.
Franklin Graham said of Willis’s retirement, “I’m looking forward to seeing what God does through this young man. Congratulations Khari! God will bless and use a surrendered and obedient heart.”
At a time when religiosity in America is at its lowest, Willis’s expression of faith is a welcome sight.