Run on the Field, Not From God


Tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals, Andrew Whitworth, talks about his spiritual journey. Once he stopped running from God, he was able to walk the right path intended for him.

I accepted Christ at a young age, but it took many years of failure and pain for me to realize what it means to follow and seek God in every aspect of my life. Throughout high school and college I lived a life of seeking what made me happy first, and whatever God wanted had to wait. I had lots of success as an athlete, but my personal life was a wreck. I was unfaithful to women, my family, and most importantly to God. I thought I was strong and had everything together, but I was only fooling myself. I allowed guilt to control my life and cause me to make huge mistakes.

After college, I was drafted to the Cincinnati Bengals. I carried with me the guilt of how I had failed my family and God. Ironically, I blamed God and pulled away from Him. After my second season in the NFL, I decided to move home. I went back to church and felt God working in my heart. I fell to my knees and told God I was tired of running. I was ready to live the way He called me to. A short time later, God brought me to the woman who would join me on that journey with Christ as my wife. We vowed not to have sex until we were married. We continue to follow Christ and seek Him daily. I now live life with a new clear mind, whole heart, and a burning passion to spread Christ’s love.

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