A few months ago, I had the pleasure to talk to my first athlete from the National Football League. He was not well known across the country, but definitely was well known in the state of New York where I am from. His name is Chansi Stuckey. The former New York Jet wide receiver is currently searching for a job in the NFL, but even through his hardships, that has not stopped him from pursuing Christ and knowing that God will provide for Him.
The 28-year-old wide receiver was a 7th round pick of the New York Jets back in 2008 out of Clemson, where he was a two-time all-ACC wideout. His career in New York was short-lived due to injuries, but he did catch Mark Sanchez’s first NFL touchdown pass. He has also spent some time with the Cleveland Browns and the Arizona Cardinals over his career.
Enjoy this Q+A I had with Chansi about his faith and even Tim Tebow’s publicity of his faith is brought up in this discussion:
1. How did you come to know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?
C: I came to know the Lord in college at Clemson. I would fall back and forth for the next 4-5 years until I made up my mind two years ago to go full tilt. I got re-baptized at that time also.
2. Who have been the influences in your life that have helped to encourage you on your walk with Christ?
C: Reggie Hodges, who is a punter for the Cleveland Browns and Brad cooper, who is a Youth leader at Newspring church in South Carolina.
3. You have played for three NFL teams so far in your career. How have these teams helped you in your walk. What are some faith based things that you do with other teammates?
C: It is the same format everywhere I go. It is all about just dealing with different guys because all of our struggles are different.
4. If you could pick one verse to describe your life right now, what would it be and why?
C: There’s not one because I feel like life is so evolving and changing that it just has to be the entire Bible!
5. What is your take on the Tim Tebow story? A lot of people like Kurt Warner say that he should tone it down. Where do you stand on whether religion and sports can co-exist with each other?
C: God is creator of all. It’s no accident Tim is where he is. Anytime you’re doing something for the Lord there will be opposition.
I spoke with Chansi again last week as we talked about what was going on with his life. He sent me this direct message that encouraged me to say that with God, we should always have confidence!
“God has something, so he has me in the active patience mode, which is a great growing experience”
In turn, I shared with him this verse from the book of Hebrews that has taught me to always be confident with the Lord on my side.
“Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.” (Hebrews 10:35)
With that in mind, I exhort you today to keep your confidence up in tough times. Even though the plan from God may not be clear from you now, you need to exercise patience because the Lord knows what is best for us and His will will be put into motion at His time, not ours!
We at JesusNSports keep our thoughts and prayers with Mr. Stuckey and pray that God will keep him in that active patience mode!
You can follow Chansi on Twitter: @ChansiStuckey