Running Toward the Prize


There is only one college running back who has rushed over 1,000 yards this football season, and he spent his Friday speaking to students at Newport Harbor and CdM. Azusa Pacific University’s record-breaking star, Terrell Watson, came to FCA to share a about a time when he begged God to take football from him. Terrell was born with a learning disability that caused him to take special education classes through his childhood. As a 5th grader, he was only reading at a 1st grade level. Terrell shared with the students that, though he had always been good at football, he pleaded with God to be a better student, saying that he would gladly give up football forever if it meant he could read. God answered Terrell’s prayer in mighty ways, allowing him both to grow in the classroom, and use football as a platform to share his story of God’s faithfulness. Terrell left the students with some final encouragement, claiming, despite all of the awards he has won and the records he has broken, he doesn’t want to be remembered as a “great football player.” Instead he wants to be remembered as, “a great man of God, who also played football.”

“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.” -1 Corinthians 9:24-25



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