Steelers' Daniel Sepulveda Talks Super Bowl XLV

Have you ever had a dream, where you can taste its presence, only to watch it be enjoyed by someone else? If it happened twice, would you still trust God and his purpose for your life? Pittsburgh Steelers punter Daniel Sepulveda knows what it feels like to be on the outside looking in. It will be the second time in Sepulveda's career that he'll miss the Super Bowl, and he's doing it with a surprisingly upbeat attitude.

Have you ever had a dream, where you can taste its presence, only to watch it be enjoyed by someone else? If it happened twice, would you still trust God and his purpose for your life? Pittsburgh Steelers punter Daniel Sepulveda knows what it feels like to be on the outside looking in. Sepulveda will have to watch the Super Bowl again from a distance, after he tore his right anterior cruciate ligament against the Baltimore Ravens in December. He missed his first chance to play in the big game during the 2008-2009 season after sustaining the same injury in training camp. But the All-American and Ray Guy Award winner (only punter to win it twice) at Baylor University is learning to trust God in his circumstances, and even support NFL journeyman Jeremy Kapinos, who will take his place in Super Bowl XLV Sunday.

If you’ve ever felt forsaken and your dreams seem dormant, Sepulveda too has felt the sting of disappointment. Now he’s taking authority over ghosts of self-pity and acknowledging that he’s more than a Pittsburgh Steeler, he’s a child of the living God.

What are you doing mentally and spiritually to remain optimistic despite missing your second chance to play in the Super Bowl?

I confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, so it's all a matter of perspective. God can and will use every circumstance I find myself in as an opportunity to grow in a deeper relationship with Him. So my aim is to glorify God with the way I handle this situation. It is by no means a denial of the pain and frustration that comes with missing the Super Bowl. Instead, I combat the urges to feel sorry for myself with truth... the truth that God has been so good to me.

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What has God taught you through his word about the circumstances of your injury, especially in December when the doctors told you that your season was over?

God CAN use this as an opportunity to remind me that I am NOT a Pittsburgh Steeler, but rather a child of God. I say 'can' because it depends on the attitude that I take toward my circumstances! I can feel sorry for myself and buy into the lie that I am unlucky... or I can recognize the truth in Romans 8:28 and run to it, seeking to grow in my relationship with Christ. By the grace of God I choose the latter.

Can you share what practical ways God is teaching you how to deal with your reoccurring ACL injury?

It's all about TRUST. My faith in God is not dependent on my circumstances... I will praise God and believe in His goodness when I am 'on top' and when I am going through a tough time. Some of the practical ways of going about that on a daily basis all revolve around Spiritual Disciplines: reading my Bible, praying, fellowship with other believers, fasting, etc. All means by which I can grow in deep relationship with Christ and be reminded of His goodness often.

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Corine Gatti
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