When Eric was finished, he returned to his seat. He was not surprised when nobody seemed to recognize him. Sometimes in other cities, church members were surprised to learn he was a Mormon. He didn’t get the chance to interact with people very much because he had to leave before the end of the service in order to get back to the stadium. It is unclear how many Raider fans were at church that day, but it was certainly a unique moment in the history of the Chargers-Raiders AFC West rivalry.
“I was glad I bore my testimony,” Eric said of the experience. “It’s a blessing to know that the church and the gospel are the same no matter where I go. I can find a church and know the services and feel at home there.”
Weddle believes making church a priority has helped bring a balance to his life that can otherwise be lost in the midst of the constant focus on football required during an NFL season.
“It has been hard to do, but I make a point, regardless of where I am, to do it,” Eric said. “I have noticed a difference in myself spiritually. I have had a better relationship with my wife and kids. It’s because I am putting the gospel first. I just wish it hadn’t taken me so long to realize it.”
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