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Buffalo Bills Player, Jairus Byrd, says he Finds 'Mind-blowing Peace' in his Relationship with Jesus

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He is a NFL football player who plays safety for the Buffalo Bills. He was drafted by the Bills in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He is a two-time Pro Bowl-er and, twice, he has been the league leader in interceptions.

He played football at the University of Oregon. In his freshman year, he was an All-American second-team selection and the Pac-10 co-freshman player of the year. As a sophomore, he was an All-Pac 10 conference honorable mention. And as a junior, he was an all-Pac 10 first-team selection and the defensive MVP of the 2008 Holiday Bowl.

With all of his success thus far, there’s a lot of pressure and unknowns in the NFL. In fact, when he faced the possibility of being traded during offseason, he said it’s times like that where his relationship with Jesus Christ helps him through life.

He said, “I went to a Christian school growing up, and at 9 (years old) I accepted Christ in my life... The biggest thing in the world that comes to mind [about this relationship] is peace. When you’re in this profession and you get to this level, it’s your job and there’s a lot of pressure from outside people. But that relationship just gives you peace. Peace that comes with being in a relationship with Jesus is mind blowing. The things that people think that matter -- money and fame -- are short lived. You know people say "NFL" stands for ‘Not For Long.’ This game could be over in a minute. So what do you have as your foundation? If you build football as your foundation, it could be gone just like that. So, you've got to make sure your foundation is built on something that’s going to last. And [a relationship with Jesus] is something that will last forever.”

His name is Jairus Byrd.

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