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Patriots' Slater credits God with NFL success, eternal perspective

Recommended by Emily Eyring

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 21 2014 3:10 p.m. MST

Matthew Slater of the New England Patriots is interviewed by media after participating in Movember Team Giillette's ceremonial shave-off event at Gillette Stadium Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 in Foxborough, Mass. A recent article in The Boston Globe highlighted Slater's Christian faith.

Aynsley Floyd, Invision, Associated Press

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After losing to the Denver Broncos Sunday, the New England Patriots will not be headed to Super Bowl XLVIII. In an article this weekend, The Boston Globe's Shalise Manza Young highlighted a least one of the team's players who won't let defeat keep him down for long.

“I think for me, all in all, what I have to understand is the NFL life — and some people might be offended by this — it’s temporary,” special teams captain Matthew Slater said. “And that kind of helps me realize: It might be fun to do X-Y-Z, but it’s only going to bring temporary satisfaction in my life, and in light of eternity, it’s really not that important.”

Slater, however, is eager to embrace the opportunities he does have on the field, and his Christian faith helps him remember who deserves the credit for those.

“I feel like if I don’t compete as hard as I can and play as fast and physical as I can, I’m doing a disservice to the Lord, who’s given me the opportunity and the talents to play this game," Slater said in The Boston Globe article.

Read the complete article on The Boston Globe.

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