Fellowship of Christian Athletes Profiles Stefen Wisniewski of Philadelphia Eagles
Wisniewski Tells FCA: ‘Every Day in Our Life is a Spiritual Battle; Knowing God’s Word is Our Weapon in This Battle’
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Philadelphia football fans have great reason to chant their traditional “E-A-G-L-E-S!” cheer this season, as the team is one of the most talked-about in the NFL, despite the 24-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks last night.
One of the keys to this season’s Eagles’ success has been the strong offense led by popular quarterback Carson Wentz. One of Wentz’s brothers in Christ, Stefen Wisniewski, is featured in the current issue of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, www.fca.org) Magazine, where he shares about his faith and football career in FCA’s “6 Questions” feature.
The Pittsburgh native and Penn State graduate returned to his home state of Pennsylvania just last year, previously playing with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2015 and Oakland Raiders from 2011-2014. Earlier this month, the Philadelphia Inquirer also recently profiled Wisniewski, reporting that the 10-2 Eagles’ offense has been running on all cylinders thanks to the left guard’s strong performance.
During his childhood, FCA reported, Wisniewski experienced the power of Jesus Christ through his family and the passion of sports through football. As a Christ-follower, Wisniewski has developed his relationship with God as his NFL career has progressed. He has become one of the most versatile offensive linemen for the Philadelphia Eagles while being one of the most vocal on the team expressing his faith.
6 Questions with the Philadelphia Eagles’ Stefen Wisniewski
- My favorite Bible verse is: “Ephesians 2:10 (‘For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’) We are what God does. He’s constantly working on us, constantly shaping us and He does it through our life circumstances and our relationships. It’s a lifelong process. I love that.”
- The person who had the greatest spiritual impact on me is: “My father, Leo, because he was an awesome example of a Godly man throughout my life. I definitely would not have the faith I do today if it wasn’t for my father.”
- I intentionally bring Jesus into my games by: “Praying a lot before every game. I really feel that gives me a great sense of peace. During competition, just saying a short prayer to reset my mind on God. Always making sure to thank Him after the game for watching over me and for all that He did for me during that game.”
- Being a Christ-follower means: “Learning and obeying all of the teachings of Jesus, the ones that are easy to do and the ones that are hard to do.”
- If I wasn’t a professional football player, I would be a: “High school teacher and football coach because it’s a great opportunity to share Christ as a way to minister to kids.”
- One piece of spiritual advice I’d share with kids is: “To memorize Scripture. Every day in our life is a spiritual battle. Knowing God’s Word is our weapon in this battle.”
On the college side of football, FCA’s newest magazine also features 40 Christ-following college football players who talk about how they passionately pursue Christ. Read more here.
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