Peyton Manning may be one of the best NFL quarterbacks of all time, but it turns out that he is also a devout Christian. And lately, he hasn’t been afraid to speak out about his faith — despite working in an industry where players are consistently silenced with regards to their faith.
Manning wrote in his new book:
For me generally it had always been the big four: faith, family, friends, and football. . . . as important as football is to me, it can never be higher than fourth. My faith has been number one since I was thirteen years old.
Some players get more vocal about it . . . and some point to Heaven after scoring a touchdown and praise Godafter games. I have no problem with that. But I don’t do it, and don’t think it makes me any less a Christian. I just want my actions to speak louder, and I don’t want to be more of a target for criticism.
I’ve been blessed—having so little go wrong in my life, and being given so much. I pray every night, sometimes long prayers about a lot of things and a lot of people, but I don’t talk about it or brag about it because that’s between God and me, and I’m no better than anybody else in God’s sight.
But I consider myself fortunate to be able to go to Him for guidance, and I hope (and pray) I don’t do too many things that displease Him. . . . I believe, too, that life is much better and freer when you’re committed to God in that way.
It is unclear, at this point, how fans will react to Manning’s devotion to his religion. One can only hope that Manning will not suffer the same treatment as Tim Tebow for celebrating God.