God on the gridiron: Seahawks DVD extols a higher power

SEATTLE - Some of the Seattle Seahawks' most popular players extol their Christian faith on a newly released video.

In the 15-minute video "The Making of a Champion," quarterback Russell Wilson, tackle Russell Okung and others discuss the importance of God in their lives and careers.

A thread of evangelical Christian faith has been part of the NFL fabric for years, but the new video is a direct invitation from players to fans to join their religion.

"I play football to glorify Jesus Christ," long snapper Clint Gresham says in the video. "I would encourage you today to get involved with a local church."

Wilson, the Seahawks' heralded quarterback, talks about how his faith helped him overcome doubt and physical shortcomings.

"God's given me this amazing talent to throw the football," Wilson says in one of the video's interview-like segments. "Even though I'm 5-foot-11 and people said I couldn't do it, nobody can stop what God has for you."

The video also features safety Chris Maragos, and coaches Sherman Smith and Rocky Seto.

It's unclear if the Seattle Seahawks organization endorses the video, but it was clearly shot at CenturyLink Field and the Seahawks' Renton practice facility.

A website associated with the video does not name a specific church. Instead it provides a map directing fans to 30 local Christian churches, including multiple locations of Mars Hill, City Church, and EastLake.

Watch the video: