Defensive lineman for the Indianapolis Colts DeForest Buckner made a commitment to follow Jesus this past weekend. He demonstrated his decision by being baptized.
Buckner, who recently signed a 4-year, $84 million contract with the Indianapolis Colts, posted a photo on Instagram with his wife, Ashlyn, and their child, Dominic. The couple held up a baptism certificate, confirming his act of faith at Eagle Church.
“Today I surrendered my whole self to Jesus and chose to trust Him with my life wholeheartedly,” the caption reads. “My walk with Christ is only beginning and I am grateful for the support surrounding my journey of Faith.”
Buckner’s post also included a scripture verse from the book of Titus.
“He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.”
Buckner first opened up about his faith as a member of the San Francisco 49ers during an interview with Sports Spectrum prior to Super Bowl LIV. He shared that his wife was instrumental in helping him increase in his Christian faith.
“One person that really helped me connect with my faith even more was my wife,” Buckner said. “She really helped me connect with my faith a lot more.”
The 6-foot-7, 300-pound superstar was a big reason why the 49ers made it to the Super Bowl last season. Over the course of four years with San Francisco, Buckner amassed 28.5 sacks. Rather than take full credit for his abilities, he said God is the one who deserves all the praise.
“You’ve got to put God first, man. Without Him, without His plan for me, I wouldn’t be here where I am today. I truly believe that,” Buckner said. “Every day I give thanks because all my talent, all the things I’ve done in my life, all the glory goes to Him.”
While playing for the 49ers, Buckner developed a strong bond with fellow Christian and defensive lineman Arik Armstead. During the same Sports Spectrum interview, Armstead said being in the Super Bowl was “a true blessing” and that his faith is “super important” to him.
“[Faith is] the foundation, my backbone, everything that I believe in. My family instilled that into me at a young age and we grew up in the church,” Armstead said.
“This year the biggest thing for me is trying to find how He wants to use me and how I can glorify Him in what I do. [I want to] use my platform and resources to bless others and glorify Him.”