Richard Seymour: ‘Being a Husband and Father Helped Me See My Need for a Real Relationship with Christ’ (Gospel Light Minute #122)

Richard Seymour
Richard Seymour

He is a defensive tackle and is considered by some to be the ‘best defensive lineman in the NFL.’ He was described by Yahoo Sports as ‘the best #6 overall draft pick of all time.’ He was drafted by the New England Patriots in 2001 and played with the team until 2008. He then played for the Oakland Raiders from 2009–2012. He played college football for the University of Georgia. He was selected seven times to the Pro Bowl and five times to the All-Pro team. He is a three time Super Bowl champion winning games 36, 38, and 39 with the Patriots. His team was also the AFC Champions four times.

He said of his faith, “I have three Super Bowl rings, but nothing compares to knowing Jesus Christ. I first became a Christian at a young age, but for all the wrong reasons. I was afraid and did not want to go to hell. I did not fully understand the love of God. I went to church, but only because I had to. I knew right from wrong, and felt guilty when doing wrong, but I did not follow Jesus wholeheartedly. It wasn’t until I was married with kids that I made the decision to change my relationship with Him. The challenges of being a husband and father, plus the tragedy of losing my own father, caused me to realize that I need Christ’s help and strength to be the man I need to be. I am not perfect, but Jesus says He will erase my mistakes and make me pure and clean. Today, I still experience ups and downs in life, but in Christ I have peace, joy and true happiness.”

His name is Richard Seymour.

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