Inspiring Athletes

Inspiring Athletes


New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson on the responsibility of a Christian athlete

posted by Chad Bonham

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New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson (AP Photo)

LaDainian Tomlinson is arguably one of the greatest running backs to play the game. And even though the veteran isn’t racking up yards and touchdowns like he used to, the New York Jets star still commands plenty of respect from his defensive opponents.

In this digital interview, Tomlinson took a few moments to share his thoughts on what it means to be a Christian athlete in today’s sports world and how that translates into his everyday life:

Chad Bonham: What do you feel is your responsibility as a Christian athlete?

LaDainian Tomlinson: My job is to let everybody know what I stand for and to let my light shine. I want to show others the way I live so that hopefully they follow. I can also tell about my experiences as a Christian so that I may help bring others to Christ.

Bonham: What does that look like in the locker room with your teammates?

Tomlinson: When I approach guys in certain situations and talk to them about Christ, they know that I’m speaking to them in a way that’s real. I can relate to everything that these guys go through. I can be a brother to them and help them get their lives straight and their priorities straight.

Bonham: What have you learned through your relationship with God?

Tomlinson: I don’t think Christ becomes real to us until we hit a low point in our lives and realize just how much we need Him. That’s why faith affects every area of your life. You have to have faith in what you’re doing with your job. You have to have faith with your family. Faith is the biggest principle that the Bible teaches us.

Keep track of what Tomlinson is doing away from football by visiting his foundation’s website HERE.



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