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In a collegiate coaching profession in which her passionate and competitive personality are a perfect fit, Deb Patterson remains dedicated to making her Kansas State women's program God's Kansas State women's program.
"They're all God's children," Patterson says of her players. "I want my coaching and my life to be glorifying to God."
Regardless of where players come from or what their faith experience involves, Patterson tells young recruits they will work hard-not only in the eyes of their coaches and teammates, but also in the eyes of the Lord.
"In recruiting is when you have that first moment of complete honesty with them," Patterson says. "I have to be honest about what I expect and I have to be honest about my relationship with Christ."
Because her profession is measured in wins and losses, Patterson insists that her players compete at a level that not only they can be proud of, but that God will be pleased with.
"All of the qualities that Coach P brings to the table in her coaching position are out of this world," junior All-America Kendra Wecker says. "The knowledge she has for the game is unbelievable. She is focused and determined to make us better as players and young women."
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As the current quarterbacks for the last two national championship teams, Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow have taken center stage in two of the most intensely scrutinized college football programs in America. Even as sophomores, this concept is not lost on McCoy and Tebow. They know they are being watched. They also know that with the immediate access they have to so many people, the opportunities to be a model and a spokesperson for Jesus Christ are preeminent. "In some places it's not the cool thing to do or the popular thing to be and God is not No. 1," says McCoy.
Tebow and McCoy were both hatched from close-knit, deeply Christian upbringings that saw them come to faith at an early age. Tim Tebow's fater, Bob Tebow, heads the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association, which claims to be the conduit of close to 9 million people coming to faith in Christ in the last 8 years.
An NFL career is a goal for both of these young quarterbacks, but they are realistic enough to know there are no guarantees. McCoy looks forward to what God has in store. "God willing, I'd like to be in the NFL, but the important thing to do is His will."
Whether Shaun Alexander spends his Sunday morning wearing a football jersey on a field or a suit in a pew, he's the same guy. "Shaun is a Christian 24/7," says close friend and teammate Mack Strong. "He's a great example. It's a testimony to him, to God."
Alexander has made a lasting name for himself in the NFL. The accomplishments and praises he's received are only dreams for many. He's not surprised by his success; he's always set lofty goals and worked hard. Now he's a household name, but he says, "This is no time to say, 'Look at me.'" That's because, for Alexander, it's not just about football. "I play football to make a difference in people's lives."
The difference he wants to make is a difference for Christ. He has a heart for providing hope, especially for youth, and giving to others as unto the Lord. That's the purpose of his foundation and the community center he started with his brother. "You can't outgive God," he says.
The best day in his life? Being valedictorian of his graduating class? Setting NFL records? Becoming 2005 MVP? No. "It was the first time I led someone to Christ," says Alexander. What else would we expect?