A Christian sports radio host says Monday night's national football championship between Alabama and Clemson might be a big deal to some – but knowing Jesus, as Clemson's stellar quarterback does, keeps things in proper perspective.
It's not unusual and it's always encouraging when an athlete shares his or her Christian testimony or expresses thanks to God after a victory. In that sense, Trevor Lawrence (pictured) is hardly rare. But the Tigers' freshman starter seems particularly solid in his faith and on the field as well.
With more than 2,900 yards and 27 TDs against only four interceptions this season (and a QB rating of 155.2), his play puts him solidly in the top five freshman quarterbacks of all time. Off the field, the Georgia native says he stays balanced by recognizing his place in the Kingdom instead of the world.
"Football is important to me, obviously, but it's not my life; it's not like the biggest thing in my life, I would say my faith is," he shared during a postgame interview. "That just comes from knowing who I am outside of [football]. No matter how big the situation is, it's not going to define me. I put my identity in what Christ says and who He thinks I am and who He says I am.
"So really, at the end of the day, it doesn't really matter what people think about me or how good they think I play or whatever."
Bryce Johnson of the radio sports show Unpackin' It says that foundation makes Lawrence a better player and leader. "When the purpose is bigger than touchdowns or wins and losses, then the way that you play, the way that you interact, it's just different," he tells OneNewsNow.
That outlook, Johnson adds, also works for those who don't put on the pads in major college football or the pros. "We all have decisions throughout the day," he shares, "and it's a moment-by-moment choice: Do we want to follow Jesus – or do we want to give in to our own selfish ways and get caught up in the moment?"
Lawrence stepped into the starting role at Clemson in late September and has led the undefeated Tigers to tonight's championship game against the undefeated Crimson Tide at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.