NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews will be among the proudest parents watching the Super Bowl, when his son Jake takes the field in Houston’s NRG Stadium as an offensive tackle for the Atlanta Falcons.
Whether you’re rooting for the Falcons or the New England Patriots, the former NFL star wants to remind you that we’re all on the same team: God’s team. The elder Matthews gives all the glory for his success — and survival — to God.
In his new book, “Inside the NFL’s First Family: My Life of Football, Faith and Fatherhood,” Matthews recounted how his faith sustained him though the highs and lows of his career, the responsibilities of raising a family, and the challenges of depression, cancer and having a child with Down syndrome.
In an interview Monday on “Trending Today USA with Rusty Humphries” on Conservative Tribune sister company USA Radio Network, Matthews talked about the impact his faith has had on his personal, family and professional life.
When Humphries asked, “How big of a deal is faith in your life?” Matthews had a humble and heartwarming response.
“I’m thankful for my faith in Jesus Christ. I don’t know how I would have gotten through a lot of stuff, whether depression, or having a special needs child,” he said. “That’s really why I wrote the book. Hopefully, it will encourage people who might be going through something similar, if not the same thing.”
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Eight members in three generations of the Matthews family have achieved NFL success — more than any other family in sports history.
Bruce played 19 seasons with the same franchise. Drafted by the Houston Oilers in 1983, he remained with the team when it became the Tennessee Titans after the 1996 season. He retired after the 2001 season.
Bruce’s dad, Clay, was an original member of the San Francisco 49ers. Bruce Matthews’ brother, Clay Jr., played for the Cleveland Browns, being named an All-Pro four times; nephew Clay III is a Super Bowl champ with the Green Bay Packers; and now son Jake is headed for the Big Game on Feb. 5.
More than a family who knows how to succeed, this is a family who understands the source of success.
Remember, as you pray, to give thanks for public figures who speak up to recognize Jesus Christ as the source of every good thing. And while you’re at it, please pray for the safety of every player during the great American spectacle of sports that is the Super Bowl.
I’m ready. Please pass the nachos.
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