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Former NFL Tight End Benjamin Watson Shares Testimony: ‘I Passed From Death Into Life’

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Former NFL Tight End Benjamin Watson Shares Testimony: ‘I Passed From Death Into Life’

By Movieguide® Staff

Former NFL tight end Benjamin Watson is open about his Christian faith and recently shared his testimony on Sports Spectrum’s I ONCE WAS series.

“I was about six years old and I had a big teddy bear and every night before I used to go to bed my dad would say, ‘Benjamin, Benjamin you want to fight the teddy bear?’ He would get behind the teddy bear and I would box the teddy bear and he knocked me down, I get back up, I was fighting this teddy bear,” he recalled. “As the story goes, one day I fought the teddy bear and I lost to the teddy bear. My mom and dad said I was in bed saying, ‘Daddy, Daddy, you bring back that teddy bear I’m not going to bed till I beat that teddy bear.”

“They lean over and said, ‘Man, this kid Benjamin has some serious problems.’ So my dad comes back out, he let me win and beat the teddy bear and that night before going to bed my dad said to me, ‘Benjamin if you were to die tonight do you know what would happen to you?’”

Despite his young age, Watson remembers that conversation with his father in his bedroom as a 6-year-old.

“He shared with me a verse, John 3:16: ‘for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.’ At that moment my dad and I knelt down by my little twin bed and I prayed to receive Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior,” he said. “From that point on I was a Christian and I was young so I had a lot of growing to do but I looked back at that point to be the time where I passed from death into life.”

Movieguide® previously reported on Watson’s faith:

Former NFL tight end Ben Watson told FOX & FRIENDS that America “Need[s] to seek truth.”

“A fool looks in the mirror and walks away unchanged. This is a time in America that is very, very important. We would be foolish to walk away from this time unchanged,” the outspoken Christian said.

“All of us need to seek truth, not what our pride tells us, not what we think our opinion is about ourselves or somebody else, we need to seek truth,” Watson explained.

He said the American people have to address “The reasons why these things continue to happen.”

He continued, “Justice comes in many forms, but what we’re seeing is an outcry growing from America that’s lacking truth, that’s lacking justice.”

Watson made sure to acknowledge that, “Police officers do great work. We want out police officers to be safe.”

However, he added, “People are tired of seeing these things happen over and over again and you’re seeing an outcry.”

He also said that some of the individuals at the protests are “there simply to cause problems” and “are not part of the solution.

“Those people need to get out of there, but for the rest of us that care about this country, for the rest of us that want things to be better, for the rest of us that really want to see truth and seek justice, that’s what we need to do on a personal level, but also on a corporate level as a country,” Watson said.