The Fellowship of Christian Athletes did an interview with Duck quarterback Marcus Mariota before his Heisman win and before the Rose Bowl win that is sending Mariota and the Ducks to the National Championships against Ohio State.
In the interview with FCA, of which he is a member, Mariota discusses his Christian faith and going “all in for Him.”
Some highlights (and you can read the full interview here as well as a perspective from Charisma News (Breaking News. Spiritual Perspective) on the interview here.)
How is your faith a part of you being a football player?
Being a football player, faith plays a huge role. When things start to get rough you find comfort in your faith. Knowing that no matter what, you can dust yourself off and be okay. And you know you do it for [God’s] glory. You do it for your teammates, your family, but also for His glory and to represent His name.
What has God taught you about yourself while at Oregon?
… I’ve learned that no matter what, my faith will guide me. However I play on the field, I know my faith will guide me. After sports, my faith will guide me. As I’ve grown in my faith, that’s something that’s given me comfort. God has taught me that I can trust in Him. No matter what–whether things are good or bad–I know I can always trust in Him. And that has really allowed me to go All In for Him.
Neither the Charistma story nor the FCA interview mention that whole “Jesus, girls and Marcus Mariota” thing.