Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback Trace McSorley was baptized last week in one of the team’s recovery pools at their training facility, the Baltimore Ravens reported on its website.
According to McSorley, the team’s chaplain, Johnny Shelton, brought it up.
“It was something I kind of wanted to do when I was in college and never did for whatever reason. Johnny brought it up and approached me about it. I knew the second time, I definitely wanted to do it,” McSorley said. “We just set it up in the training room and a couple guys were there and we did it.”
McSorley comes from “a pretty religious faithful family.” He said as a baby, he “didn’t have a decision in it.”
“Now it was my decision. I wanted to choose it for myself,” McSorley said.
Shelton led the ceremony on Tuesday, and McSorley’s teammate offensive lineman James Hurst helped lower him into the water. Hurst is one of the team’s faith leaders and has been hosting Bible study with his wife at their house for the past three years.
Hurst said Shelton asked him to take part in the baptism, and he was “honored” to be a part of it.
Also present were his teammates, L.J. Fort, Willie Snead IV, Jordan Richards, and Otaro Alaka, as well as coaches Bobby Engram and Craig ver Steeg.