5 Devout Christians Who Will Be Playing for Eagles, Patriots in Super Bowl LII

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(Photo: Twitter/ Marcus Johnson)Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Marcus Johnson is surrounded by teammates in October 2017 baptism.

This Sunday, tens of millions of Americans will watch Super Bowl LII, with the Philadelphia Eagles taking on last year's winners, the New England Patriots.

Both the Eagles and Patriots have practicing Christians on their active roster who will be playing in the biggest game of the season.

Here, in no particular order, are five players who will be taking the field at the highly-watched championship game.

Honorable mention goes to two injured Eagles players, quarterback Carson Wentz and safety Chris Maragos.

Trey Burton

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(Photo: USA Today Sports)Trey Burton of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Trey Burton has a reputation for being the NFL team's unofficial preacher, explaining in a 2017 interview with CBS Sports that the players' faith was growing despite injury issues.

"We do a couples Bible study every Monday night. Thursday, ideally, we do a team Bible study at the facility," said Burton.

"Saturday, another guy leads. And after meetings that night in one of our hotel rooms, we'll chop it up and pray for each other."

Regarding the injury of a couple of his teammates last year, Burton told CBS that he believed Satan was using things like injuries in an attempt to deter them.

"We've had a lot of guys who are strong leaders get hurt after showing their boldness for the Lord," added Burton. "Satan can't control us on the field, so he's going to try to attack us off the field, attacking us physically."

Nick Foles

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(Photo: Reuters/Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field.

Nick Foles, the 29-year-old quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, joined his teammates to take part in a YouVersion plan titled "Professional Football Players on Humility and Surrender" in 2017.

In the 15-day devotional, the athletes — brought together by fellow Eagles player Carson Wentz's nonprofit organization Audience of One and Chris Maragos —created content in the form of videos where they shared scriptures and their testimonies.

"I kept reading scripture, I kept praying, I kept asking God — and so many of us ask God for signs, we ask God, 'Hey, please just put it on the wall, like, I want to know,' but that's not how it works," said Foles in his testimony.

"He's not always going to do that. He was shaping me. He was bringing me down to my knees."

At a recent press conference, Foles said that he has liked the idea of becoming a "high school pastor" and might have done that if he was not a professional football player.

Matt Slater

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(Photo: USA TODAY Sports/Kirby Lee)New England Patriots wide receiver Matthew Slater during Super Bowl LI Opening Night at Minute Maid Park.

New England Patriots player Matt Slater, who is a wide receiver on special teams, said in a 2015 interview that he does his best to read the Bible daily.

"It's so hard to navigate the course of the day without looking into God's Word," said Slater. "It makes me feel better about the direction of my day and how I interact with people throughout the course of the day."

In a February 2017 press conference, Slater stressed that "you have to understand what God says about your sin" and then "you realize, 'I am a sinful person.'"

"My sin has separated me from an eternal, perfect God. But there's a backup plan to that: He sent His Son Jesus," said Slater.

Nate Solder

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(Photo: Reuters/ Suzanne Plunkett)New England Patriots OT Nate Solder (L) celebrates teammate Brandon Lloyd (R) touchdown.

New England Patriots offensive tackle Nate Solder said in a February 2017 interview that when his son was diagnosed with cancer in 2015, he and his wife were able to persevere due to "our family, our community, our faith in Christ."

In response to compliments from team mates over his character, Solder said in an article for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association that "it's not me that they're seeing."

"It's Christ working through me because I know that I'm a flawed person. I'm sure they would have seen that if God had not been using me," Solder added. "But I'm very honored that they would say that and that they would get to see God in that way."

Devin McCourty

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(Photo: Devin McCourty Instagram)Devin McCourty plays safety for the New England Patriots.

Devin McCourty, a 30-year-old free safety for the New England Patriots, explained in a 2015 interview reported by Baptist Press that he is seeking to be "rooted" in the Bible.

"Striving to be rooted in God's Word and my Christian faith gives me a great foundation to lean on daily. Playing in the NFL or in a Super Bowl shouldn't define a person," said McCourty.

"I don't really think anything in this game we do defines who we are as people. It's a blessing, it's a great opportunity ... to take advantage of the opportunity but still know who you are as a person."

In a November 2016 press conference following the presidential election, McCourty said that he believed one should "pray for the leadership of our country whether you agree with it, disagree with it."

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