Ex-NFL Player Shares with Anderson Cooper How Faith in Jesus Christ Brings Answers from God

Former NFL champion Benjamin Watson recently appeared on CNN to discuss Damar Hamlin’s collapse during a recent game of “Monday Night Football.” The 24-year-old suffered a heart attack and is still in the hospital, where he has been resuscitated twice after his heart stopped on the field and again at the hospital. Although he has “improved a lot in the last 24 hours,” his situation remains serious.

During his interview with Anderson Cooper, Watson reflected on the fragility of life and the inevitability of mortality. “These times bring us face-to-face with our mortality,” he said. “We all have a day to be born and a day to die.”

Despite the tragedy of the situation, Watson saw an opportunity for growth and reflection. “On the flip side, with such a tragic event, there is a tremendous opportunity,” he said. “Part of my prayers right now, Anderson, are for the players in both of those locker rooms, for the chaplains I know very well, who are counselling and comforting players who saw a brother in a near-death experience and who is still fighting for his life.”

Watson emphasized that questions about what happens after death are not limited to football players but affect all of us. “Because the questions about what happens after this life, where will you spend eternity are coming up for all of us, not just for the football players,” he said. “But thank God he provides an answer through his son, Jesus Christ.”

The interview with Watson drew support from Twitter users, who appreciated his thoughtful reflection and commitment to his Christian faith. While the situation with Hamlin remains serious, Watson’s words provide a reminder of the importance of faith and perspective in times of hardship and adversity.

As we navigate the ups and downs of life, it’s important to remember that each of us has a limited time on this earth. We may not know what the future holds, but we can find comfort and hope in our faith and the knowledge that we are not alone. In the words of Benjamin Watson, “We all have a day to be born, and we all have a day to die.” But in the midst of tragedy, there is also the opportunity for growth, reflection, and connection with others.


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