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What first drew me to actor Terry Crews was when he made headlines for boldly speaking out against pornography.  He shared his own struggles with it to his fans (see video below) and it made national news.  The more I looked into his life, the more substance I found.  What I discovered was a courageous person who isn’t afraid to risk their popularity in order to stand for important truths.  I love this.  This led me to read Terry’s autobiography, Manhood.  What I discovered was the refreshing account of a real person, not a Hollywood facade.  What I found was a transparent, relatable guy that I have a lot in common with.  I highly recommend you read Manhood and I bet you’ll find the same thing.

12 Things Terry Crews and I have in Common:

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I blog about a lot of controversial things and receive my share of flak for it, but I anticipate today’s article will top them all.  Today we are diving deep into the heart of America to shine some light on the one and only:

Football.

You would be hard pressed to find a bigger fan of football than me during the first 33 years of my life.  I was born into a Packer and Badger family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  While as a youngster I always pulled for these teams, my independence sprouted at age 5 when my family moved to Kentucky and I started liking the teams that were on TV, namely the Philadelphia Eagles and the Michigan Wolverines.  I’ve owned an extensive wardrobe of Eagle and Wolverine garb throughout my life and can pretty much name you every player and stat line from these teams from the past 25 years.

I started playing John Madden Football for Super Nintendo when it came out in 1991, with steady doses of Tecmo Bowl and Tecmo Super Bowl prior to that–and I’ll still whip any of your tails at any of the above.

We moved to Ohio when I was in 3rd grade.  I soon began idolizing Troy High School football, as most of my town did.  I played at Troy from grades 7-12, my sophomore year getting to be on the roster with the 1998 Mr. Ohio Football (best player in Ohio) Ryan Brewer, who went on to be Outback Bowl MVP at the University of South Carolina, and Kris Dielman, a 2x NFL All-Pro and 4x NFL Pro-Bowler with the Chargers.

After high school, I played as much flag football as I could, continued my Madden addiction, and dominated* my friends in fantasy football (which I began playing in 8th grade).

*ok, the dominated memory is a little foggy…

Noah Filipiak Capital City Stealth football

Noah Filipiak playing for the Capital City Stealth in 2012 (a.k.a. the glory years, pre-ACL tear #3)

In 2012 I took a summer work sabbatical and strapped the pads on one last time, playing for Lansing’s semi-pro team, the Capital City Stealth.  I played safety, was a team-captain and had 7 interceptions prior to re-tearing my ACL. Continue Reading…

Actor Terry Crews (of Brooklyn Nine Nine & those hilarious Old Spice commercials fame) opened up on his Facebook page with some videos on how he’s overcome an addiction to pornography, how porn messes a person up and how a person can overcome pornography.  It is so refreshing to hear a Hollywood star have courage to be vulnerable and to take a stand against something that the secular media world accepts and even applauds.  While the videos aren’t explicitly Christian, you can definitely see Jesus in Terry’s character and can see how Terry’s Christian faith and identity in Christ was a guide for him through this addiction.

Terry is from Flint, MI and in addition to his prolific acting career, played 4 seasons in the NFL.

Check out Terry’s Facebook page to see the original video postings and the many comments that followed. 

 

at a crossroads behind the curtain ministry podcast noah filipiakHow would you like to receive the following tweet? You should let all the fans you let down crucify you.  How would you handle that?  That’s a tweet Andrew Maxwell received during his time quarterbacking the Michigan State Spartans football team.

Andrew Maxwell compiled an impressive career as Michigan State University’s quarterback, his biggest season coming as the starter in 2012.  Maxwell finished his MSU career with 3014 passing yards, 14 touchdowns, and a 105.5 quarterback rating in 26 total games played.  After going undrafted, he had tryouts with the San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots in 2014.

In this interview, Andrew and Noah Filipiak discuss what it was like emotionally for Andrew to be benched in Michigan State’s bowl game in favor of Connor Cook, what that off-season was like, and what it was like to be benched again his senior season.  Noah and Andrew discuss all the ways we find our identity in things other than who we are in Christ, football a primary culprit of this in Andrew’s life, the hard lessons God has taught him about trusting God, as well as why fans say such awful things toward players.

Resources mentioned in the interview:
Interview with Ruth Haley Barton on Performance-Oriented Drivenness, Ego, Pace, Soul & Spiritual Transformation

Interview with Josiah Price, #4 Michigan State Spartans career TD leader for a TE

Words the Gospel of Jesus Says You Are

Book resource: Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership by Ruth Haley Barton

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST EPISODE WITH Andrew Maxwell BELOW: (or subscribe on iTunes)

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