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It took until the end of the current Washington Redskins' player Kedric Golston's senior year in college before he finally "got tired of using God as a good luck charm."
Golston, who had suffered several years of injuries in collegiate football, was anxious about what his future would be post-Division I football. Walking back from his dorms one day, he started praying out loud, expressing his fears and asking God to stay with him, throughout the journey.
The following week, he received what he interpreted as a sign from God. An opposing player that he'd been taunting and blocking all day came up to him after the game.
"He says, 'I got a word for you. Trust in the Lord and he's going to do everything that you want to be done. Just trust in him and serve him with your whole heart.' It just burned in my soul," Golston told Christian Broadcasting News.
Golston was subsequently drafted in the sixth round for the Washington Redskins in 2006. He has played for the team since and signed a three year contract extension in March.
The defensive end almost saw his football career go up in flames after he got into a terrifying car accident in his senior year in high school.
"Flipped my truck five times. Got thrown out of the truck. Broke my leg. Ended up getting a staph infection in my lungs. If God didn't want me to play football, he could have taken it away right there," he said.
After winning the NFC East last year, the Redskins have struggled. They are currently 2-4 and sit in third place behind the Dallas Cowboys (4-3) and Philadelphia Eagles (3-4). Yet Golston hasn't let those current frustrations affect his faith.
"He's my Lord and my Savior. I count it all joy that he came into this world as a man, dealt with all the things I dealt with, and died on the cross for my sins," Golston said. "I'm going to serve him because he's my Savior. He's my Lord and the Head of my life. I'm going to honor him with all I do."