It was an incredible football game. Double overtime. And what a score: 54-48.
The third-ranked Georgia Bulldogs won the first overtime Rose Bowl ever in a wild victory that eliminated the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners and their star player, Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield.
Now the Bulldogs are heading to the national championship next week in Atlanta led by their star quarterback Jake Fromm, who gave God the glory for Monday night's thrilling win.
"Praise God to be Rose Bowl Champions!!!!! #SmellTheRoses #DawgsOnTop #KeepChoppin" he tweeted.
— JakefromStateFromm (@FrommJake) January 2, 2018
And here's what he tweeted after the Bulldogs' big win in the SEC Championship in December:
— JakefromStateFromm (@FrommJake) December 3, 2017
Fromm has been bold about his Christian faith throughout the season and has often tweeted scriptures pointing to the real source of his success on the field.
He tweeted this verse right before that big SEC game: "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." - Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
— JakefromStateFromm (@FrommJake) December 1, 2017
In November he cited Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
— JakefromStateFromm (@FrommJake) November 12, 2017
Players, like Fromm, with a strong Christian witness, are what campus ministries like the Fellowship of Christian Athletes encourage and try to nurture.
FCA ministers say they understand the pressures that surround college players and they believe that a strong walk with Christ is the way to a successful life.
Athletes often have the spotlight as well as temptations, because of their popularity.
Campus ministries like the FCA offer strategic discipleship for the specific needs of athletes.
In 2017 alone, the FCA claims nearly 9,500 coaches made a commitment to Christ and another 10,000 athletes rededicated their lives to Jesus.