Dustin Hopkins could have made the moment all about himself. After all, the Los Angeles Chargers kicker was responsible for registering 13 of his team’s 19 points in a 19-16 win over their division rivals, the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football, including a game-winning 39-yarder in overtime.
Oh by the way, he was basically doing it with one fully healthy leg. He was dealing with a quadriceps injury in his kicking leg that he sustained last week and collapsed to the ground after each field goal attempt during the game.
But he didn’t. Instead, he took the moment on national television to praise God for what he accomplished.
When you are Faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ and put your faith and trust in Him, He will give you the Blessing you deserve! Great stuff! Thank you, Dustin Hopkins, for being that man!💪🏈🙏 pic.twitter.com/Kx1MvBDPQO— Shannon West (@EagleWest1990) October 18, 2022
Considering how woke ESPN has become, it’s surprising that it didn’t cut the moment out in the middle of his monologue.
Athletics has become a place where progressive agendas are celebrated and faith-based values are largely shunned. Naturally, many athletes are likely scared to be vocal about their faith in a field that doesn’t look too kindly on what it values.
Nevertheless, none of that daunted Hopkins in the moment and he expressed his beliefs to a national audience.
That takes courage, and it is wonderful and refreshing to see.