‘I Wanna Thank God’: Super Bowl Quarterbacks Jalen Hurts and Patrick Mahomes Champion Faith Ahead of Big Game
By Movieguide® Staff
Quarterbacks on both sides of this year’s Super Bowl LVII are ready to represent their teams, but more importantly, their relationship with God.
The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the San Francisco 49ers in a blowout 31-7 win led by star quarterback Jalen Hurts.
“I’m not gonna make this about me, man, this city is a special city,” Hurts told FOX’s Terry Bradshaw. “They deserve everything that’s going on. It’s a special city. We got one more.”
Their trip to the Super Bowl is the Eagle’s second in six years. In 2017, the Eagles defeated the New ENgland Patriots 41-33, but this will be Hurts first Super Bowl appearance.
The Eagle’s will face-off against the Kansas City Chiefs, who defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in a nail-biter 23-20 victory—kicking a winning field goal from 45-yards to seal the game.
The Chiefs quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, threw for 326 passing yards and two touchdowns all on an injured ankle.
“I wanna thank God, man. He healed my body this week,” he told CBS’s Tracy Wolfson of the high-ankle injury he suffered in the Chief’s victory over Jacksonville a week prior. “To battle through that, He gave me the strength to be out here.”
While Hurts has no Super Bowl experience, Super Bowl LVII is Mahomes third appearance in the past four years.
Despite the immense pressure to bring home the Lombardi trophy for their home-states, Hurts and Mahomes are outspoken about their faith in God in interviews and on social media.
“I’ve just matured and realized that God is everything, and He’s worthy of praise,” Hurts told CBS Sports in a recent interview. “You have to put Him at the center of everything that you do. That’s what I believe. All my spiritual wisdom — all of my wisdom as a whole — comes from Him, in some way, shape or form, whether that be passed down from my father, my mother, my grandmother. I just think, in all the things that we experience in life — good, bad or indifferent — you have to keep Him in the center.”
Mahomes and the Chief’s lost their last Super Bowl appearance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tom Brady. Although disappointed, Mahomes said that he finds peace within his identity in Christ.
“Before every game, I walk the field and I do a prayer at the goalpost. I just thank God for those opportunities and I thank God for letting me be on a stage where I can glorify Him,” Mahomes said in the FCA video. “The biggest thing that I pray for is that whatever happens, win or lose, success or failure, that I’m glorifying Him.”
Super Bowl LVII is scheduled to take place on Feb. 12, at 3:30 PM.
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