Glenn Blackwood graduated from the University of Texas in 1979. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the 8th round and was a starter his 2nd year. He and his wife, Beth, and their family, live in Miami.

 

 

 

Glenn Blackwood

When you watch a football game, either at the stadium or on television, you probably know the players by their numbers. I'd like to tell you a personal story about me, because I want you to know who number 47 really is...

My story goes back to high school. Then, three things were important to me: friends, football, and dating a good looking girl. By the time I was a senior I had all three. I really thought I had it made. I was having fun. But, to be honest with you, there was something missing in my life.

I noticed something different...

I noticed the quarterback on our team. Ted Constanzo was rated the number one high school quarterback in the nation. Ted was different from all my other friends. He got the most attention but it affected him the least. He didn't conform to peer pressure. He was considerate to everyone he met. Most of all he had complete confidence.

One day on a fishing trip I told him, "Ted, there's something about you that you have and that I don't. What is it that's different about you?"

He explained to me that he based his life on a relationship with God that came, he said, through knowing Jesus Christ, personally.

"That's neat," I said. That afternoon, I really didn't pursue it anymore.

But, when I went home that night, before I went to bed, I said a very simple prayer: "God, I want a relationship with you just like Ted has. Jesus, I want you to come in to my life.

I knew there was a gap between me and God that only Jesus Christ could fill. That's why I asked Him into my life.

I knew there was a gap between me and God that only Jesus Christ could fill. That's why I asked Him into my life.

A new person...

I didn't know the magnitude of my prayer, but that day I began to get to know God who created me and who has continued to make me a different person. Since that day, I've had my share of ups and downs. But by knowing Jesus Christ personally, God has helped me become a different person in some very big ways.

My relationship with Christ has helped me value my wife, Beth. I used to be a very self-centered person, and I didn't treat girls well. Today, I love Beth in the same way the Bible tells me that Jesus loves those who love Him.

Knowing Christ has helped me in football. I know it's God who's given me the ability to play. Therefore, I try to do the very best I can with the gifts He's given me.

Knowing Christ has given me peace, even when things don't go well. For instance, if I've had a bad game, I'll just work harder to be the very best I can. It shows me that God can use my strengths and my weaknesses to His glory.

I love the game of football. I want to play as long as I can not only because I enjoy it, but because football gives me a platform to tell others, like you, about Jesus Christ.

When all is said and done...

Someday, my football career will be over. So will my life. And when it's all said and done, anything I did for me will be gone. But the things I did for God will be eternal. I'll live with Him forever.

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