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Once James Thrash's collegiate career was over, he worked hard enough to overcome the odds and latch on with the Washington Redskins for the 1997 season.
"Throughout my whole college career I was living for the world. Then when I went to Washington I made it to a Bible study during training camp," he recalls. "I can't remember exactly what the study was about, but the whole time I knew there was something missing in my life. I knew it wasn't girls and it wasn't money and it wasn't drinking and partying. Something was missing and I just knew it was God; but I didn't know how to have an encounter with Him.
"The pastor there, Brett Fuller, was doing the study, and at the end he asked if anyone wanted to make the decision to allow Christ into their lives. I raised my hand and made that decision and confessed with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and believed in my heart that God raised Him from the dead."
Thrash has learned that the key to living and overcoming life isn't just hard work-it's faith, obedience, and devotion to Jesus Christ.