The all-star quarterback of the Buffalo Bills, Josh Allen, has had an incredible season. Not only has he led his team to a thrilling victory over Miami on Sunday, but he has also guided the Bills to three consecutive division titles, including a stunning 13-3 record this season. But for Allen, his most meaningful win came from something much deeper than just football.
Recently, Allen was personally impacted by the events surrounding the collapse and recovery of his teammate Damar Hamlin. Hamlin experienced a cardiac arrest on national television and was resuscitated with CPR. This tragic event led to a “spiritual awakening” for Allen and many others on the team.
It was during their first game since Hamlin’s brush with death that Allen was particularly moved. The Bills returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, which had been three years and three months since they last had a kickoff return for a touchdown. Hamlin wears the number 3 jersey. Allen said, “I’ve never been struck like that before from a play, from an experience, from an emotion, it’s never hit me that way before.” He even cried during the post-game news conference discussing the play. He admitted that “I haven’t been the most devoted Christ-follower in my life. And I’ve had my different beliefs and thoughts and ideas and stuff like that. But something got a hold of me there. And it was extremely powerful that I couldn’t deny.”
Growing up in Firebaugh, California, Allen said he went to church on Sundays with his family, but he was more concerned with the 10 a.m. start time for his then-favorite team, the San Francisco 49ers, than he was with spiritual matters. But this experience has made him realize the importance of spirituality and he has been inspired to see how others in his team have been touched by this situation and how the country has come together to support Damar. He has also made a commitment to attend church more regularly and to strengthen his faith.
In a time when the world seems to be full of negative news, it’s inspiring to see how one tragic event can bring about a positive change in someone’s life. Allen’s story is a reminder that even in the midst of adversity, there is always the potential for growth and change. It’s also a reminder that sports can bring people together and inspire them to be their best selves.
In conclusion, Allen’s spiritual awakening is a testament to the power of the human spirit, and how one event can change a person’s life for the better. He continues to lead his team on and off the field, inspiring others along the way, and showing that nothing is impossible with faith and determination.