A few weeks ago I published a post titled: Rethinking Sports Evangelism. I launched that post with a question about the profession of faith by ousted Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel. I stated I did not know if Tressel is actually a Christian or not. I then moved on to consideration of the common objectives in evangelizing and discipling athletes, particularly high profile athletes.
Now I have found that former NFL player Jason Wright has offered some thoughts on the subjects of Jim Tressel and the relationship of Christianity and sports.
To answer my question about Tressel’s faith, Wright – who would know better than I – offers:
I believe Jim Tressel loves God. I believe he has faith that Jesus is the Son of God and the Savior of the world. I also believe that he has a real personal relationship with the one true God. During my time playing for the Cleveland Browns, I was repeatedly told of the stellar job he did representing the faith at churches, parachurch fundraisers, and other Christian gatherings. I’ve heard equally positive reports from his former players. And I don’t think he was faking.
I am glad. I feel better knowing that. And I have no reason to doubt anything Wright writes.
But it is what else Wright writes that is most intriguing. As the title of the post reveals, Wright suggests: We Share Responsibility for Coach Tressl’s Fall.
This is a great and insightful post for Christian sports enthusiasts, well worth a few moments to read.