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NFL: Tamme thankful as football season nears by Larry Rowell/Western Recorder

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DANVILLE, Ky. (BP) — With four state high school football championships under his belt, four years playing at the University of Kentucky, holding the all-time receiving record at UK for a tight end, and playing for nine years in the NFL, including three Super Bowls, one might say Jacob Tamme has had a fulfilling and successful life.

However, the unsigned free agent who played last season for the NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons takes his successes — and challenges — in stride.

“Yes, three Super Bowls, I’m 0 for 3,” Tamme said laughing, referring to the Indianapolis Colts losing to the New Orleans Saints 31-17 in 2009, playing for the Denver Broncos in 2013 and losing to Seattle 43-8, and last year, with Atlanta, losing to New England, 34 to 28, in overtime.

Now 32, which he says is 70 in football years, Tamme is content at home on his family farm in Danville, Ky., where he and his wife Allison, are raising Angus cattle and feeder calves along with their two children, Lila, 6, and Luke, 2.

But what’s truly remarkable about Tamme is in spite of being a noted professional football player, he says his faith in Jesus Christ is of the utmost importance in his life.

As Tamme tells the story of his faith journey, he points to those whom God placed in his path for having impacted his walk with Christ.

Strong influences

While one might think that money, prestige and power could lead a rookie in the NFL astray from his Christian principles and small town roots, Tamme’s experience was just the opposite.

And it began at home.

“I was raised in a Christian home with wonderful parents. We believed in God and we believed in Jesus Christ. I’m thankful for my upbringing in Danville, being in a small town.”

In reaching the pinnacle of professional football by being drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 2008, the small town boy was suddenly thrust into the national spotlight.

Tamme credited Christian teammates, the head coach, the chaplain, and a spiritual awakening of sorts during a Good Friday service to staying the course.

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