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Failed NFL Quarterback: I Used to Blame God for My Poor Play

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | November 13, 2017 | 3:04 PM EST

Christian Ponder in rookie debut with Minnesota Vikings in 2011 (Screenshot)

Unemployed National Football League (NFL) quarterback Christian Ponder, who hasn’t thrown a pass in the league since 2014, says his faith has taught him not to blame God for his failures.

"With my faith going into the NFL, I honestly, I would think if I pray and get into the bible I'm gonna play well on Sunday," Ponder said recently addressing students at Liberty University.

“I was using God for myself,” and that’s not how it works, Ponder said:

"What I realized was my faith was so up and down with how I played. When I played well I was like, 'God's awesome.' If I didn't play well it was almost like I blamed him for not playing well."

“And, obviously, that’s not how that relationship works at all.”

Ponder told the audience that faith shouldn’t be based on worldly success:

"You learn that you don’t want your circumstances of your life to dictate the circumstances of your faith.”

Watch full presentation at Liberty University's convocation here.


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