Evangelical leader Franklin Graham was delighted to hear that Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Marcus Johnson was baptized before a game last week, surrounded by many of his teammates, in a faith movement that has been spearheaded by quarterback Carson Wentz.
Johnson was baptized in a hotel swimming pool last Thursday before the Eagles played the Carolina Panthers, a game the Eagles won, 28-23.
"On Thursday before the Philadelphia Eagles game, several teammates surrounded wide receiver Marcus Johnson in prayer as he was baptized in the hotel swimming pool!" said Rev. Graham.
"He said, 'Cleaned & Reborn in JESUS’ name!!'" recounted Graham.
"Their Quarterback Carson Wentz is an outspoken believer in Jesus Christ and has started a movement which has led to at least 6 Eagle’s players being baptized—so far!" said the reverend.
"Praise God! That’s a real win in my playbook!"
According to Fox News, at least five other Eagles were baptized last year in the Eagles' recovery poll. These players were linebackers Jordan Hicks, Mychal Kendricks, and Kamu Grugier-Hill, as well as wide receiviers Paul Turner and David Watford.