(Photograph: Reuters/Laurence Kesterson)
Russell Wilson will have the huge challenge of going up against record-breaking quarterback Peyton Manning in Super Bowl 2014 as the Seattle Seahawks face the Denver Broncos on Sunday night. Who does the Seahawks' quarterback turn to as he faces such an important day in his life? Only Jesus Christ!
Wilson and several of his Seahawks teammates recently met with Seattle's Mars Hill Church Pastor Mark Driscoll to discuss their faith.
In the interview Wilson revealed that he is a devout Christian, who looks to Jesus at all times for give him strength and comfort in his life.
Wilson testified in the interview: "Jesus is love! At the end of the day, we are all looking for someone to comfort us, somebody to be there for us at all times. When we are at the worst times of our lives, when we are battling with something, or struggles, whatever it may be, when we are at our highest point as well, when things are going really well, we want somebody to comfort us and be there for us and to say, 'Well done.' That's Jesus!"
He added, "Jesus has always been there. He'll never leave you, never forsake you."
During the interview, Wilson was joined by Rocky Seto, who is on the Seahawks coaching staff, who said, "Literally, Jesus is the greatest treasure in the universe. It just makes sense. It's not like you give up your life and then you get something worse. He gave us everything. We had nothing, He gave us everything, so literally it's just one plus one equals two, it's that simple. Jesus is better than anything… even better than the Super Bowl, better than an NFL career, any of that."
Driscoll asked the Seahawks' group, "Who is Jesus?" to which Seto responded: "Who knows what's going to happen, but if we were ever to win the Super Bowl… [we will] tell everyone that Jesus is still better."
With Wilson and the other Seahawks nodding in agreement, Seto added: "Because as much as we worship this thing called 'the ring' in a championship, although we would like to have one for sure, I just can't wait to tell people, if that happens, God willing, we'll be able to tell people Jesus is way better still because you are going to wake up the next day, [and] things are going to be the same if you don't have Jesus. If you have Jesus it's still going to be awesome, win or lose."
For CP's feature on the Mark Driscoll-Seattle Seahawks interview, please click here.