Why not us?
These are just a couple of the mantra’s that have become known if you are Seattle Seahawks fan. Most coming from the lips of Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson.
A little tidbit about me; I love football. I really love Seattle Seahawks football. Being that I live in the Pacific NW, it is kind of inevitable that they would be my team.
For them to win the Super Bowl is a dream come true. The feelings you get when your team wins the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history is indescribable. I am basking in the glow and relishing in the moment.
This team has been four years in the making.
It has been put together and built around a bunch of “rejects;” men who have been looked over, men who have disabilities, and men who were thought of as mediocre.
Our coach is a man who people wondered if he could hack it in the NFL (the big leagues.) He is a man who had to get a doctor’s permission to play as a 110-pound quarterback in high school and who was fired by two NFL teams.
Our quarterback is a 5’11” man who wasn’t picked until the 3rd round in the draft. A man who used to play professional baseball.
Our all-star cornerback is a fifth-round draft pick from Compton who aced Stanford and talks endlessly about himself.
Our star running back is the mutest athlete in sports history who got fined for not talking enough to the media.
Our kicker has a degree in neuroscience and didn’t play football until 2003.
Our leading receiver was not even selected in the NFL draft.
One of our fullbacks has been legally deaf since the age of three. He will be the first ever deaf player in the Super Bowl.
Our other fullback nearly died from kidney and liver failure just five months ago.
Our tight end is a former hockey player from Canada.
3rd round pick, 5th round pick, 7th round pick, undrafted.
Misfits. Rejects. Throwbacks. Underdogs. Mediocre. Average. Unworthy.
These were often the same words used to describe the 12 disciples. Average men. Common men. Men who had nothing “special” about them.
The same could be said about the Seattle Seahawks football team. A team whom are now national champions.
All year long I have been telling everyone that the real reason behind the success of our team is their faith and how it has been building throughout the team and throughout our city.
The Seahawks have a core group of amazing young men; men who are Christians who just happen to play football. They are lead by our quarterback, Russell Wilson, who is not afraid to speak out about his faith. He tweets scripture daily. He thanks God first in every single interview he gives. He leads this team of disciples with humbleness, gratefulness and an amazing example of faith. Just as Jesus did, Russell leads a group of average men that are using the NFL and football as their platform to share the gospel.
A fire has been lit in this team. A fire that comes from God and is slowly penetrating the rest of the team. I truly believe that the faith that is washing over this team is a huge factor of their success. They give everything to God. They put it in His hands and they thank Him no matter what the outcome. They are confident because they know that winning or losing a game is not what truly matters. What matters is their faith in God. And yes, some have been quoted as saying “God is more important then winning the Super Bowl.”
Jesus had 12 disciples that He chose to help him spread the gospel.
The fans in Seattle are known as the 12th Man.
The Seahawks won Super Bowl 48. 4+8 = 12.
The Seahawks scored in the first half of the game at 12 seconds.
The Seahawks scored in the second half of the game at 12 seconds.
The Seahawks final score was 43. 4×3 = 12.
Total Seahawks playoff wins = 12.
Average age of Seahawks is 26. 2×6 = 12.
Jesus had 12 Disciples.
I cannot wait to see where God leads this team next year. It is going to be exciting to watch.
*Thank you to Kim, a friend of a friend for some of these amazing facts about these amazing football players.