Alabama and Clemson are set to meet in college football's national title game in Arizona tonight. A ministry spokesman says faith has played an important role for both teams this season.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes ministers on campuses all across America. Clay Meyer, editor of FCA Magazine, explains that both Alabama and Clemson have players and coaches who are committed in their relationship with Christ. Meyer tells OneNewsNow about a couple of players for Alabama: senior linebackers Reggie Ragland and Denzel Devall.
"If you watch the game, you'll see that [Ragland's] name is going to be called out quite a bit because he is all over the place when it comes to the defensive side of the ball," says the Christian journalist. "Same with Denzel Devall, who's right next to him as another senior linebacker – and they've both been involved with FCA for years."
Dr. Gary Cramer, an FCA representative who serves as chaplain for the Crimson Tide, "had nothing but great things to say about them," adds Meyer.
As for Clemson, Meyer says there's another deeper level of FCA involvement because of the strong faith of their head coach, Dabo Swinney.
"He is unashamed in so many ways of sharing his faith, despite attacks and despite some criticism from people who might not feel the same way and that he might be using his position in a way they don't agree with," he explains. "But he's completely unashamed to be using that platform to share his faith with everybody he comes in contact with."
According to Meyer, Clemson has one of the largest FCA "Huddle" groups in the country.