Professional sports and religious values have a strange relationship.
It seems like we hear about another major league athlete assaulting a woman or getting busted with drugs or fighting in a night club every day. Some claim that this aggression is part of what makes great athletes great; they hate to lose and so must be comfortable with imposing their will on others. The bad boy athlete is so common it's a cliche.
And yet, there's another cliche that also runs through pro sports: the vocal Christian, who gives the Lord credit for touchdowns and home runs and overtime goals. Most of these are very well known; the Tim Tebows and Kurt Warners and Curt Schillings of the world. Atheists enjoy mocking Christian athletes who thank God for their blessings, as though it were somehow improper to express gratitude.
More common, but less reported, is the big time athlete who doesn't hide his/her faith, but who prefers to live that faith as God desires, rather than grab the headlines. Included in this group are Olympic medalists, World Series champions, rough and tumble hockey players, and a key member of one of this weekend's Super Bowl teams. They aren't all super starts, and they aren't all household names.
This is not a comprehensive list, just a sampling. However, let's hear what some of them have to say. I hope you're as inspired as we are.