Pittsburgh Steelers Draft Fellowship of Christian Athletes Magazine Cover Feature and Award Winner Mason Rudolph
Rudolph Tells FCA: ‘Christ Is at the Center of it; It’s Christ Who Will Always Be There for You’
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Standout Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph is a Pittsburgh Steeler!
The Steelers drafted Rudolph in the third round this past weekend, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, www.fca.org) Magazine highlighted Rudolph on the cover of its annual college football issue, which profiled 40 Christ-following college football players.
Rudolph, one of the best quarterbacks in college football last season, told FCA that growing up around his grandfather who was a minister, he was always immersed in the gospel.
“Once I made it to college, my faith had to become my own,” Rudolph said. “The distance away from my family actually strengthened my relationship with Christ. I passionately pursue Christ because I want to be a witness for Him and use this platform to impact our community. I think my faith has grown in every chapter of my life, especially in college.”
Rudolph also talked to FCA about how his relationship with God impacts his approach to football.
“It seems like during the season you just naturally become more emotional and closer to God because you’re thinking about Him, you’re more anxious, you’re more nervous,” he said. “You have to turn to Him with those nerves and emotions and just lean on Him and trust that He’s going to protect you and keep you safe.
“Christ is at the center of it. It’s Christ who will always be there for you; He’s your foundation. So just getting in the Word and leaning on a few of my life verses throughout the week, as well as constant communication with my parents, my grandparents—that’s my secret to success.”
Rudolph was also honored as the winner of the 2017 Bobby Bowden Award, presented annually in conjunction with FCA to the Division I football player who “epitomizes a student-athlete as he represents God, his family, his institution and his community.”
Read more about Rudolph’s faith in the Q&A with FCA here.
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