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300 American athletes join forces to make the world a better place

2013-12-14

Many people claim they hear God's calling inside Churches, or even in hospitals. But, for Chris Godfrey, it came in an unlikely place, a football field.

He said his life felt empty. As a professional NFL player, his main focus was on winning. But all that changed in 1986, when he expected his team, the New York Giants, to make it to the Superbowl. 

CHRIS GODFREY
Former Player, New York Giants (USA)
"That was until we went down to play with our arch-rivals the Dallas Cowboys, and the Cowboys kicked our butts that day. And we came back to New York and all those great Giant fans said: 'oh you Giants you're the same old bums. You'll never be any good!' And they all gave up on us.”

The team never gave up, and months later, they stunned the entire country. The Giants claimed the Vince Lombardi trophy at Superbowl XXI.

From that point, Godfrey decided to create "Life Athletes,” a Catholic players' association that promotes values like perseverance, abstinence, and respect among youth. Today, more than 300 professional athletes have signed on to the association.

CHRIS GODFREY
Former Player, New York Giants (USA)
"There are four points to it: the first is I'll try to do what's right, even when it's difficult. The second is I'll give myself only to that special person whom I marry as my partner for life. And the third is I'll respect the lives of others, especially of the unborn and the ancient. And the last one, and perhaps the most important one, is that I wont quit or make excuses when I fail, I'll try again.” 

"Life Athletes” has also recorded several promo videos, and now Godfrey travels across the United States. He speaks to young people about the importance of leading a healthy life, and taking faith seriously.

CHRIS GODFREY
Former Player, New York Giants (USA)
"I decided to talk about the importance of the relationship with God, but also the relationship between man and women because so much depended upon it. Not only their own happiness but also the children they might create because of it. And because young people were becoming parents before they were ready to become parents.”

The former pro athlete says someone doesn't have to be an athlete to make this commitment, since God gave each person different gifts. Winning doesn't make a true champion, he added, it's about falling and getting back up.


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