Super Bowl Sunday is one of the most anticipated and widely celebrated days of the year for those invested in the sporting world. Millions of people gather around TVs, load up on chips and buffalo wings, and watch as two teams battle it out to win the title of Super Bowl Champions.
Not only will the first Sunday in February be the one of the most celebrated, but it will also be one of the largest opportunities for outreach and evangelism. This is the goal of Football Sunday, a new organization that works to “introduce believers and non-believers to NFL athletes” by providing “free media resources” for churches to use on Super Bowl Sunday.
Benjamin Watson, who is the host of the new project, shared a promotional video to his Instagram account, asking his followers if they have signed up for the one-day event:
The program will also feature Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum and New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis, all of whom are outspoken about their Christian faith.
The Football Sunday project includes four videos, as described by Football Sunday:
- Main Football Sunday Video – A complete 30-minute short-film designed to take the place of the sermon. Pastors can choose between a version with a Gospel presentation at the conclusion, or a version without the Gospel presentation.
- Sermon Supplement: Kirk Cousins – A stand-alone 5-minute video featuring the story of Kirk Cousins. Main topics include: Trusting in God’s plan, even when things seem impossible.
- Sermon Supplement: Case Keenum – A stand-alone 5-minute video featuring the story of Case and Kimberly Keenum. Main topics include: The Great Commission, making disciples, uncertainty.
- Sermon Supplement: Demario Davis – A stand-alone 5-minute video featuring the story of Demario Davis. Main topics – Dark to light, evangelism, placing our faith in Christ.
Sports Spectrum shared a video of a local Denver pastor, Jacob Ouellette, who “talks about how his church uses Football Sunday to turn a traditional momentum killer of a weekend into one of their biggest outreaches of the year.”
Watson took to Twitter on Thursday to invite his followers to join in on Football Sunday, asking, “Has your church signed up for Football Sunday?”
“It’s free and available to everyone as you hear inspirational stories from
@NFL players on Super Bowl Sunday,” he added.
Has your church signed up for Football Sunday? It's free and available to everyone as you hear inspirational stories from @NFL players on Super Bowl Sunday. Sign up @sports_spectrum or… https://t.co/KcTuLFE5t8
— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) January 24, 2019
Back in December, Watson announced his retirement in a video created by NFL films.
“It’s time. It’s time to be done,” Watson says in the video. “I am going to finish strong.”
After 15 years of football, @BenjaminSWatson is ready to hang up his jersey and fully enjoy his #1 job as a father of five, as he awaits his two newest additions. #NFLFilmsPresents: Ben Watson@Saints pic.twitter.com/pXnYlXL7hB
— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) December 27, 2018
Though he hasn’t announced what’s next yet, we can imagine Watson’s retirement will allow him to spend more time with his growing family and his ministry “One More.”
If you’d like to learn more about Football Sunday or get signed up to receive the free promotional materials, click here.