Interview: 6 Questions with Russell Okung, Offensive Lineman of Seattle Seahawks
By Clay Meyer | FCA.ORG On January 18, 2014
Left tackle Russell Okung.
The Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers meet Sunday in front of the Seahawks' famed 12th Man in a showdown for the NFC Championship and the right to play in the Super Bowl. Recently, Seattle offensive lineman Russell Okung took part in FCA Magazine's popular "6 Questions" feature. This is what he had to say about his career and his faith.
6 Questions with Russell Okung
Offensive Lineman, Seattle Seahawks
The person who has had the greatest impact on me spiritually is:
Dr. Joel Tudman, my pastor and assistant strength coach at Oklahoma State. He was a mentor to me when I was in school and he helped guide me after accepting Christ.
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I intentionally bring Jesus Christ into my game by:
Making sure I'm focused on Him when I step on the field. The Bible tells us to not fear or be dismayed and I take that knowledge with me every time I play.
Something most people do not know about playing in the NFL is:
That it's a real job that requires a lot of time and personal investment. We work during the offseason and all night and early in the mornings during the season to be the best we can be.
My favorite Bible verse is:
Romans 4:20, "He did not waver in unbelief at God's promise but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God," It reminds me that God has a promise for all of us and whatever that is in our lives will not come back void.
One piece of athletic advice I'd share with kids is:
To put forth your best effort all the time. Whether you play basketball, football, or you're a ballerina, be passionate about it and always do your best.
Russell Okung encourages kids to be passionate about what they do and to study God's Word . (photo courtesy Seattle Seahawks)
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One piece of spiritual advice I'd share with kids is:
To make time to know God better through His Word. He's put a hope in you, so learn more about it. Be able to defend it and teach people about what you believe in. God's called us to do that on and off the field.
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