Fueled by Faith: LA Rams DB Jalen Ramsey believes in God and himself

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Jalen Ramsey: Searching for something better

One of the more difficult conflicts to fix in the NFL is that sense of fit. If you have the option to voluntarily enter a personal or business relationship, you have the presumed option to end that same relationship if and when it no longer seems to work for you. Unfortunately, that is not how it works in the NFL.

Ramsey’s faith in himself and in God is a source of incredible and unshakable strength. He has a strong sense of self, and part of his strength is due to leaning heavily upon God and His Teachings to guide him through the challenges that he faces, and that we all face, as part of our daily lives. While I’m not working some Evangelical angle here, I am pointing out that this faith gives him the ability to stay on course despite the twists and turns of his career and his life.

Everyone needs a lighthouse in their life. A fixed point to guide our steps whenever confusion, emotions, or doubt creep in. And whether our motivations are judged to be good or bad, right or wrong, just or unjust, we will all stumble. I will always respect someone who rises above emotional reactions to stay thankful, positive, and humble.

That is quite an undertaking to someone whose NFL profession requires the utmost confidence in order to suit up and play the defensive back position as it is designed to be played. That role not only requires self-confidence but confidence in everyone involved in the organization. If that confidence is shattered or dissipates, then it’s a difficult situation to go out and perform at an elite level.

As my father used to say: “It’s tough to soar with the eagles when you surround yourself with turkeys.” And so, it was clear that despite being contractually bound to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jalen Ramsey needed to surround himself with other eagles who could soar as well. But to the Jaguars organization, and to the fanbase, Ramsey showed his true colors. A huge ego that no longer wanted to help the team.  And so the story began…