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NFL Player Praises God with Millions Listening After Kicking Game-Winning Field Goal

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Los Angeles Chargers kicker Dustin Hopkins proudly praised Jesus during a post-game interview with ESPN.

Hopkins is managing a hamstring injury, suffering through the pain as he played. Still, according to Outkick, “Hopkins drilled a walk-off field goal with just under three minutes remaining in overtime to improve the Chargers to 4-2.”

The field goal put the Chargers on top of the Denver Broncos for the win.

Hopkins had opportunity during his interview with ESPN to proclaim his own praises and receive personal glory for the victory but instead, he opened with public praise for Jesus Christ.

“I just want to say thank you to my lord and savior, Jesus Christ. I’ve got so much to be thankful for apart from football. So, when something like this happens, I’m blessed either way, but to be on the good side of that obviously feels a lot better.”

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“Blessed either way.” That is a powerful testimony to the centrality of faith over the ups and downs of life and football.

Franklin Graham thinks so, too.

Graham posted about the interview on his Facebook page saying, “Like millions of other people, I watched some #MondayNightFootball last night. Los Angeles Chargers kicker Dustin Hopkins made a field goal in overtime to take his team to victory over the Denver Broncos. But that wasn’t the headline that mattered most.”

He shared Hopkins’ quote and reflected that “It’s always great to see an athlete who isn’t afraid to talk about their Christian faith.”

Hopkins admitted that his leg is still hurting. Prior to the game, he was feeling good but he experienced a “pop” during the first extra point and it “went down hill from there.”

He told the interviewer that he would go back with the medical staff and figure out what was going on but he was still all smiles at the triumph — over both the Broncos and his injured leg.

One commenter on Facebook sums up the thoughts and prayers of many for Hopkins, “I’m impressed by his humility and thoughtfulness. Hoping his leg injury heals quickly and completely.”

No doubt, though, this man of God will be praising Jesus either way.

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Lori Stanley Roeleveld is a writer, speaker, Christian coach and disturber of hobbits who enjoys making comfortable Christians late for dinner. She’s authored five books with a sixth on the way. Though she has degrees in Psychology and Biblical Studies, Lori learned the most from studying her Bible in life’s trenches. Rhode Islander. Wife, mom, grandmom, retired homeschool parent, part-time giant-slayer. Visit her at www.loriroeleveld.com.
Lori Stanley Roeleveld is a writer, speaker, Christian coach and disturber of hobbits who enjoys making comfortable Christians late for dinner. She’s authored five books with a sixth on the way. Though she has degrees in Psychology and Biblical Studies, Lori learned the most from studying her Bible in life’s trenches. Rhode Islander. Wife, mom, grandmom, retired homeschool parent, part-time giant-slayer. Visit her at www.loriroeleveld.com.




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