By Victor Ochieng
The Super Bowl is a done deal and we already know who the champs are. We have some individuals who are worth mentioning, specifically because of their pivotal roles in the win, but also for their spiritual beliefs. One of these people is tight end Zach Ertz, who managed seven passes and including one for a touchdown.
That’s a great thing and he must be a happy man after his team claimed victory.
But there is more about this young man that’s worth mentioning. Earlier in the week, he talked about making a difference in another angle – accepting Jesus Christ and taking the discipleship ministry seriously.
When Ertz spoke to Sports Spectrum regarding their “Football Sunday” series, he revealed that he’s been using the platform to spread the gospel of the coming Messiah. He said, “Our No. 1 goal on this Earth is to make disciples. That’s the only job we want to do. So this is a platform we have to draw people to the Word, to Jesus. That’s something we don’t take for granted by any means.”
Ertz took the opportunity to share more about his personal testimony. He revealed how God used his teammates to help him grow his faith in Christ.
“I always knew Jesus, but I didn’t have the relationship I do now. This past year I was going through some things. I’d be really high if I had a great game and really low if I had a bad game. I’d see guys in the locker room—Carson [Wentz], Trey Burton, Jordan Hicks, Jordan Mathews—who would always remain even-keeled. I was envious of them, and they always pushed me to grow in my faith. I was baptized this past offseason in California before my wedding. Last March is when I truly dedicated my life, and it was the best thing that ever happened,” he said.
Understanding the craze that’s with the Super Bowl experience, Ertz was asked how he managed to cope. His answer was to the point. He responded saying, “The seeds were sown a long time ago. I’ve been able to prepare for this week because I’ve been in the Word the past year and have teammates who push me every day. We’re never going to let each other slip.”