10 Amazing Professional Christian Athletes and Their Testimonies

These famous Christian Athletes are Hall of Famers, Heisman Winners and Champions on the field, and off. Here are 10 real men of Jesus.

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Famous Christian’s can be hard to find. This is why I put together this list of professional sports figures who have done the right thing and glorified God by using their fame glorify him. Christian Athletes are actually becoming more and more open about their faith. For more information about famous Christians, visit this link or go to www.realmenofjesus.blogspot.com. If you are a football fan there is another great article about famous professional Christian football players.

David Robinson, Hall of Fame Basketball Player:

Why He’s Awesome On the Court:

David Robinson is a two time NBA Champion (1999, 2003), NBA MVP (1995), 10 time NBA All Star and NBA Rookie of the Year winner (1990). Some of his other accolades include being a 3 time Olympian, NBA scoring champ (1995) and Defensive Player of the Year (1992). He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.

Why He’s Awesome Off The Court:

Many NBA stars never finish their collegiate careers. Robinson did while at the Naval Academy. After school, like any other student at a military academy he would have to serve an obligation, however, the Navy allowed Robinson to go pro. Robinson had stated that if the Navy hadn’t have allowed him he would have proudly served his time in the military.

Aside from being a devout believer in Jesus Christ, David serves as a role model even to this day. He gives 10% of his income to the David Robinson Foundation that provides scholarships for youth in San Antonio. His testimony can be found in the video below.


George Foreman, Former Heavyweight Champ

Why He’s Awesome In the Ring:

Foreman won the Heavy Weight Title twice, an amazing 19 years apart. His victories include wins over Joe Frazier, Ken Norton and Michael Moorer. His professional career record was 76 wins, 5 losses in a professional career that spanned 28 years. When he won his second Heavy Weight title in 1994 against Michael Moorer he became the oldest boxer to ever do so at the age of 45, exactly twenty years since he had last held it. In 1994 he was named the Associated Press Male Athlete Of The Year.

Why He’s Awesome Outside The Ring:

George Foreman had quit boxing in 1977 to become a minister, something he still does and is passionate about to this day. He is a frequent on Christian television shows (as seen in the video below) and continues to help youth and families around the country.

Tim Tebow, Heisman Trophy Winner

Why He’s Awesome On The Field:

Tim Tebow just concluded one of the most amazing collegiate careers in the history of college football as the quarterback of Florida University. During his time at Florida he won 2 National Championships (2007, 2009), the Heisman Trophy (2007), Associated Press Player of the Year (2007), the Davey O’Brien Award (2007) and a 3 time All American (2x 1st Team 2007-2008, 1x 2nd Team 2009).

Why He’s Awesome Off The Field:

While Tim Tebow has had an unprecedented impact on the field he has had an even bigger impact off the field. He hails from a family of missionaries who are passionate about Jesus Christ and helping children and families in places like the Philippians, so much so that he and his family have been put in danger several times. He is an advocate for abstinence and has even admitted to being a virgin who is saving himself for marriage. He speaks in front of audiences with passion and thanks God for everything in his life.

Albert Pujols, MVP

Why He’s Awesome On The Field:

Albert Pujols, who just turned 30 in January, is already a 3 time NL MVP (2005, 2008-2009), an 8 time All Star (2001, 2003-2009), a World Series Champion (2006), a World Series MVP (2006), Rookie of the Year (2001) andhas won multiple awards for his outstanding defensive skills at first base.

Why He’s Awesome Off The Field:

Albert Pujols and his wife Deidre started the Pujols Family Foundation in 2005 to help people with down syndrome and their families. He and his wife also are committed to helping the poor in the Dominican Republic by supplying doctors and dentists and other sources of aide. He is a Christian man who regularly declares his love for God openly and has said that he would never take steroids because of his faith in Christ.

A.C. Green, Retired NBA Record Holder

Why He’s Awesome On The Court:

A.C. Green is a 3 time NBA Champion, a one time Allstar and a one time selectee to the NBA All Defensive Team. He holds the “Ironman” record for most consecutive games played in NBA history with 1,192.

Why He’s Awesome Off The Court:

A.C. Green proudly proclaims that he was a virgin when he began his professional career and was still a virgin when it ended. (Talk about Ironman!) It was said that on road trips fellow teammates would send women to his room to tempt him andhe would respond by quoting scripture from the Bible.

A.C. Green currently runs the A.C. Green Youth Foundation that promotes abstinance until marriage.

Kurt Warner, Former NFL MVP

Why He’s Awesome On The Field:

Kurt Warner is a Super Bowl Champion (1999) and a Super Bowl MVP (1999), a four time Pro Bowl Selection (1999, 2000-2001, 2008), 2 time NFL MVP (1999, 2001) and holds numerous passing records including fastest player to ever throw for 30,000 yards.

Why He’s Awesome Off The Field:

Warner is probably the most vocal professional athlete about his faith in Jesus Christ. He and his wife, Brenda-who is a former Marine- are very active Evangelical Christians. Kurt Warner always thanks Jesus Christ for everything he has ever accomplished on the field and always takes his Bible with him to press conferences following a game.

Warner devotes time and money to the First Things First Foundation, which has over the years provided help and assistance to children’s hospitals, people with developmental disabilities and single parents.

For being an outstanding leader on and off the field, he has been awarded several other awards including: The Walter Payton Man Of The Year Award (2008) and the Most Caring Athlete Award (2009).

Charlie Ward, Heisman Trophy Winner

Why He’s Awesome On The Field/ Court:

What hasn’t Charlie Ward done? He has been considered the most versitile athlete in the last century, having opportunities to play professionally in football, basketball and baseball. In college he won a National Championship as quarterback for Florida State University (1993), the Heisman Trophy Award (1993), the Davey O’Brien Award (1993), NCAA Top Quarterback Of The Year Award (1993), Johnny Unitis Award (1993) and many others from that memorable year in 1993. After college Ward decided to not play professional football and in 1994 he was drafted in the first round by the New York Knicks and served as their starting point guard for several years. He had a successful career in the NBA including making it to the NBA Finals in the mid 90’s.

Why He’s Awesome Off The Field/Court:

Charlie Ward was always a strongly devoted Christian. After losses he would send scriptures to his coach with the Knicks, Stan Van Gundy. He participated and lead many Bible studies with the Knicks and spoke openly about his faith in Jesus.

After retiring from basketball he became an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets. He is currently the head coach of a football team at a Christian High School.

Josh Hamilton, Major League Baseball Player

Why He’s Awesome On The Field:

Josh Hamilton is tagged as being one of the most naturally talented hitters in baseball. In 2008 he finished seventh in the balloting for AL MVP and in 2007 he contested for the NL Rookie Of The Year award. He currently is a starting outfielder for the Texas Rangers, batting in the heart of the lineup and widely considered their best player. He’s also a 2 time All Star (2008-2009) and winner of the Silver Slugger Award (2008).

Why He’s Awesome Off The Field:

The Josh Hamilton story is one of inspiration. After being drafted first overall in 1999 he succumbed to a partying lifestyle and later became addicted to cocaine, which resulted in him losing his career. For several years he was in and out of rehab and was basically a world class loser. Then he crawled to his grandmothers house and she helped clean him up.

Josh credits his sobriety to Jesus Christ and both he and his wife are active Christians. Hamilton has spoken about his story openly, as well as his faith in Christ, and now serves as a role model for younger players and children everywhere.

John Smoltz, CY Young Winner

Why He’s Awesome On The Field:

John Smoltz is the winner of the most prestigious pitching award in baseball; the Cy Young Award (1996). He is also a World Series Champion (1995), an 8 Time All Star (1989, 1992, 1993, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007) spanning three different decades. He has led the National League in wins 2 different times (1996, 2006), in strikeouts (1992, 1996) and once in saves (2002). In his career he has 213 wins, 3,084 strikeouts and 154 saves and will be an automatic inclusion into the MLB Hall of Fame 5 years after he officially retires.

Why He’s Awesome Off The Field:

John Smoltz is a member of the Presbyterian Church of America. He and his wife are very active in the Atlanta, Georgia area where they operate the John Smoltz Foundation. He is also involved in the development of Christian Schools (see in video below) and over the years has regularly shared his faith with the public and his teammates.

Mariano Rivera, Yankees

Why He’s Awesome On The Field:

He is the owner of one of the nastiest pitches in the history of the game, 5 World Series Rings (1996, 1998-2000, 2009)  and a Bible. Rivera’s on the field achievements are impressive; 10 Time All Star, 1999 World Series MVP, second all time in saves and holds a multitude of statistical records.

Why He’s Awesome Off The Field:

While Rivera holds down the ninth inning for the Yanks with regularity he also holds down his Christian responsibilities as well. He reads his Bible before and after games and even has a verse imprinted in his glove. Rivera, who came from humble beginnings in Panama, has testified that after he retires (hopefully not anytime soon) he hopes to be a minister.  

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  1. stan brown
    Posted November 17, 2012 at 11:49 am

    we need people like athletes,to let folk know that God is giving the glory.

  2. troy vincent
    Posted December 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    How does one get involved?

  3. Mamie
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Troy, I hope someone has already answered your question about getting involved; which I believe is related to becoming a Christian?!!

    First you have to believe that Jesus Christ (the Word made flesh) was born of a virgin and grew in wisdom and stature; that He was Man, but was fully God (John 1:1-4, 14). Believe that He died, was buried and rose again for our (your) salvation (1-Corinthians 15:1-5) and confess that Jesus is Lord, believing in your heart that God raised Him (Jesus) from the dead and you will be saved. Then begin to read your Bible. My suggestion would be to begin with the Gospel of John, then the Gospel of Luke. Then, Romans – Colossians. After reading these to get a good sense of who Jesus Christ really is and what He came to do and provide for mankind, you can then go to the beginning of the Bible and start reading from Genesis and come up through the Scriptures at your own pace and understanding. Always begin your reading with prayer asking God to open your understanding and revelation of His word.

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