Leaving a Legacy of Enduring Faith
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Dan OrlovskyDan Orlovsky is a former NFL quarterback. Before his time in the NFL, Orlovsky played his college ball at his hometown University of Connecticut in 2001. As a highly touted freshman, Orlovsky threw for 1,379 yards and nine touchdowns on 269 attempts after taking over for incumbent starter Keron Henry. As a sophomore, Orlovsky started every game, throwing for 2,488 yards and 19 touchdowns. Orlovsky’s best year came in 2003 as a junior, as he ranked seventh in the country for passing with 3,485...more
Jon KitnaJon Kitna grew up in Tacoma, Washington and helped Central Washington University to an NAIA Football National Championship in 1995. Upon earning his degree in math education he pursued a high school coaching career before being noticed by the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, who offered him a spot on their practice squad. After the 2006 NFL season he was sent to play in NFL Europe and helped the Barcelona Dragons to a World Bowl championship. In 1997 and 1998 he served as the Seahawks primary...more
Josh McCownJosh McCown is currently the quarterback for the Carolina Panthers. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Sam Houston State. McCown has also been a member of the Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins. He is the older brother of Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Luke McCown and younger brother of former Texas A&M quarterback Randy McCown. McCown played three collegiate seasons at Southern Methodist Univers...more
NFL players Dan Orlovsky, Jon Kitna, and Josh McCown talk about the lasting legacy of their years together in Detroit, not just playing football but also letting their light shine.
Leaving a Legacy of Enduring Faith
Bob: You know, for a lot of families, football really is a big deal, whether you watch it or play it. Wherever you are in that continuum, it’s very important for a lot of people. But I think what we’ve heard today isthat,even guys who play at the professional level, some of them understand where football fits into the reality of the rest of life—that football, even being a big deal, can’t be the most important thing—it can’t be an idol. That’s something all of us have to be on guard against, not just with football, but with any activity. Anything that you prioritize in your life that is a big deal to you, you’ve got to make sure you understand where that fits into the totality of life.
We’ve been listening today to three former NFL quarterbacks: Jon Kitna, Josh McCown and Dan Orlovsky talk with Dave and Ann Wilson about a great spiritual movement that happened among the Detroit Lions, years ago, when God moved powerfully in that locker room. You may know somebody, who’s a football fan, who would enjoy listening to this conversation with Dave and Ann and with these three former NFL players. The podcast is available online at FamilyLifeToday.com.
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With that, we’ve got to wrap up for today. Thanks for joining us. Hope you have a great weekend. Hope you and your family are able to worship together with your local church this weekend. And I hope you can join us on Monday when we’re going to look at the only way that Jesus describes Himself in the Bible. It’s where He calls Himself “gentle and lowly of heart [Matthew 11:29].” Dane Ortlund will be here with us to talk about why that description is so significant and what we can learn from it. I hope you can be with us here for that.
On behalf of our hosts, Dave and Ann Wilson, I’m Bob Lepine. Have a great weekend. We’ll see you Monday for another edition of FamilyLife Today.
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