Last Sunday during our church service we showed video testimonies from committed Christian NFL players who used the Super Bowl as a platform to be an ambassador for Jesus Christ.
After the game, the two most visible players of the championship teams dropped the ball terribly when speaking at their post game news conferences.
Bronco’s quarterback , Peyton Manning who claims to be a Christian, when asked what he was going to be doing after the game told a reporter, “first I’m going to drink a lot of Budweiser’s and definitely going to say a little prayer and thank the man upstairs for this great opportunity."
A spokesperson for the Anheuser-Busch brewery that owns Budweiser, confirmed in a statement that Manning did not receive compensation for his comment.
The 39-year-old quarterback was not paid "to mention Budweiser tonight," adding that the brewery was "surprised and delighted that he did." As Beer Biz Daily reported, Manning owns a piece of two Anheuser-Busch distributors in Louisiana.
The simple fact that Manning placed his priority of sharing he was going to be drinking a lot of beers and offering up a little prayer “to the man upstairs” was a missed opportunity to use this enormous platform for good.
The losing quarterback Cam Newton also a self proclaimed Christian who throughout the season was fun loving and demonstrative of his love of the game by dancing and dabbing and handing the balls he scored touchdowns with to kids in the stands, turned into a sour puss, sore loser during his post game press conference after the Panthers loss.
A sullen Cam Newton was not remotely interested in speaking with the media after the Panthers lost Super Bowl 50. "We lost," Newton said when asked if he could put the disappointment into words.
"Nope," he said, when asked if there was anything in particular about the game he could remember.
"They just played better than us," he added. "I don't know what you want me to say. And then he got up and left.
Both of these men who say they’re Christians had a wonderful opportunity to advance the cause of Christ, but chose not to utilize the enormous platform they were given to be an ambassador for Jesus.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last…John 15:16
Your pastor and partner in ministry,Kyle