How This NFL Star Found God Through Injury

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How This NFL Star Found God Through Injury

By Movieguide® Contributor

NFL star Bryant Young recently shared how a career-threatening injury caused him to turn to God. 

“Toward the beginning of my career, in 1998 to be exact, I had a very severe injury,” Bryant shared in a Sports Spectrum interview. “Here I am flat on my back, and I was in so much pain. It was a wake-up call for me, and it was that God moment where God had my attention.”

“There was nothing I could do. I couldn’t run, I couldn’t escape, I couldn’t do anything physically, and God just really started to speak into my heart,” he added. 

For Bryant, spiritual growth came from the people God put in his life, and he emphasized the importance of being open with others.

“At that time, God strategically placed awesome people, God-fearing godly men in my life that really challenged me to grow in a very unique way.”

“There were times where I didn’t invite those relationships, or I put up that curtain and that facade,” he explained. “But God really challenged me to begin to tear down those walls and allow people to see the real me and my brokenness and be authentic and be vulnerable in those moments.”

Bryant continued to seek God, and “It became very real in that relationship as God continued to speak my life and as those men began to challenge me.”

“My relationship with Christ became very real,” he concluded. 

The former San Fransisco 49ers defensive lineman was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2022.

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