Everton keeper Tim Howard honors Christ...
Tim Howard is from the U.S. and is currently playing between the goal posts for Everton in the English Premier League. ESPN's SoccerNet ran this interview on its site recently, and the whole interview is worth reading. He responds to a number of questions about our U.S. team's failure in the World Cup. Anyhow, here's the part of the interview that honors Jesus Christ:
ESPNsoccernet: Tim, you have experienced both the highs and lows of being a professional athlete. What has grounded you through the times of transition and triumph?
Tim Howard: For me, my faith in the Lord is vitally important. The joy I have in my life doesn't come from football, the winning and the losing...
I have an amazing family; that's where I get my joy from. We share an amazing faith together.
I try to be humble, especially when I am on the field. I don't always get it right, but I try. Consistency is the key. You have to earn the right to play and be successful, but I always give my best all the time, no matter the circumstances. I won't change my approach based on circumstances.
ESPNsoccernet: Personally, you have earned a reputation as a humanitarian and someone who uses his star appeal for the betterment of society.. In your opinion, do professional athletes do enough with their fortune and appeal? Why is giving back to the community as important to you as it is?
Tim Howard: It is tough to judge others in that sense, with regards to giving back. Athletes do have a responsibility to act a certain way because of their status. It is important for me to give back because I come from a background where my family didn't have a lot and I can understand and appreciate the value of what giving back means.
I hope to give back more than I've taken. This is important to me, and it's a goal of mine that fuels me. It is a personal thing, but I can't say what any other player should do just because he is an athlete.
ESPNsoccernet: You seem to be very vocal about your faith and personal convictions and have sometimes been criticized about it. Why do you choose to freely express this about yourself?
Tim Howard: The Bible tells us to profess our faith. It's a joyous thing, something to be shared. For me, I don't want it in the background of my life, but I certainly don't want it to be "in your face," either. I just want to be open about it, but I don't want to cross that line of good taste.