“I don’t want anybody to get injured, but I don’t mind putting a hurtin’ on somebody.”
Washington Redskins Defensive End Kedric Golston loves to bring down ball carriers as they try to fight their way through the defensive line. Last season he helped the Skins capture the NFC East title. Looking back, he says there’s no doubt that without God he wouldn’t even be able to play football.
“I got into a real bad car accident my senior year in high school; flipped my truck 5 times, got thrown out the truck, broke my leg, and ended up getting a staph infection in my lungs. At that moment in time if God didn’t want me to play football, He could have taken it away right then and there,” said Kedric.
For an All- American with a bright future, the accident put everything in question. He immediately went into rehab. With God’s grace he was still offered a scholarship. “He allowed me to start as a true freshman at the University of Georgia 6 or 7 months after breaking my femur, having a rod and two screws put in my leg.”
But when he got to college, football became his focus. His faith took a back seat.
“I tell people all the time, I got to college and just lost my mind. I thought I was a Christian because I said the prayer. I said I was a Christian. I knew Jesus but wasn’t serving Him whole heartedly. I felt as long as I went to church on Sunday, and said my prayers, I’d be just fine. I knew mamma was at home praying for me. So I thought that was all that mattered.”
During the 2002 season, Kedric helped the Bulldogs win their first SEC Championship in 20 years. Life was good. But the next 3 seasons, he was plagued by injuries which put his football future in question once again. That’s when he realized he needed to make some adjustments.
“I just really got tired of playing the one step forward and five steps back. And (I was) kind of using God as a good luck charm and not really allowing Him to be the head of my life as the Lord and Savior that He is.”
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SOURCE: The 700 Club