Indianapolis Colt Quarterback Sam Ehlinger recently expressed how faith has kept him centered and avoids fame pitfalls.
Ehlinger was recently drafted into the NFL this year, having played at the University of Texas in years prior. Draft experts anticipated Ehlinger being a backup for one of the teams, but his name was thrust to the front of headlines when Colts starter Carson Wents suffered a foot injury in July. Wents is expected to begin playing again in the coming weeks. However, it is unclear if Wents will be ready for the opening game on September 12.
Perspective - what is your purpose on this Earth? We will spend a short amount of time here compared to eternity! https://t.co/ovyg3r6P3w— Sam Ehlinger (@sehlinger3) August 19, 2021
When asked about suddenly being pushed into the Colts' quarterback position, the new quarterback expressed that faith helped him keep a grounded perspective. "Just the perspective that I've been able to gain through adversity, through life – things in my life – it's really put into perspective what we're on this earth to do," Ehlinger explained at the press release. said. "And so that keeps football in check for me, in realizing that this is just a game. And as much as everybody here loves it, and as much money that flows into the business and things that happen like that, at the end of the day it is just a sport."
Ehlinger continued, noting the finite nature of his time in the NFL, "You play football [and] obviously it is our job, but there's a lot of things that are a lot more important," he said. "Keeping that in perspective and not making it your life or death is kind of how I keep it in perspective."
In the tweet attached to the above clip, Ehlinger referenced Matthew 6:19-21, which states, "Lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal."