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SUPER BOWL: Eagles’ Burton overcomes past, embraces faith by Tim Ellsworth

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (BP) — Trey Burton of the Philadelphia Eagles remembers when his life changed dramatically.

He was a junior playing for the University of Florida. Though he was raised in a Christian home and made a profession of faith as a child, his devotion to the Lord had been sporadic.

That inconsistency stopped when he walked into his girlfriend’s apartment one day. She handed him a pregnancy test — a positive pregnancy test. The reality of becoming a father and his moral failure was a wake-up call for Burton.

“From that point on, we made sure that we were serving the Lord,” he told Baptist Press Monday (Jan. 29) during the Super Bowl LII Opening Night event at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

A tight end who is about to make his first Super Bowl appearance, Burton has emerged as one of the team’s spiritual leaders on a squad filled with faithful Christians. In 2016, Burton actually baptized some of his teammates in a tub at the team’s training facility.

Earlier this year, Burton also was present at the baptism of teammate Marcus Johnson in a hotel swimming pool.

“He’s definitely moving,” Burton said about God’s work with the Eagles. “You never know until it’s done what He’s really doing, but there’s a big need for Him. There’s a huge need for Him everywhere. We’re just trying to be obedient and use our platform to the best of our ability.”

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