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From Gridiron to Genuflections: Jordan Roberts Trades Scholarship for Seminary

Gazette photo by Kenny Kemp.....7.95x7.....UC's #28 Jordan Roberts breaks a run for a touchdown against WV State.

Some people will say “right place, right time.” Others will say “providence.”

Division III football star Jordan Roberts had just been through an extremely trying time in his life. Within a short space of time, his six-year relationship with his girlfriend fell apart, his best friend took his life and his parents divorced.

The “perfect storm” made Roberts “search for answers,” he said in an interview with USA Today.

Roberts was playing for the University of South Dakota, and teammates introduced him to a Bible study class sponsored by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, or FOCUS.

The Sheridan, Wyo., native had grown up in a believing family, but one that never joined an organized religion.

“Slowly, I started to love the faith and love the Bible study I was in,” he said. “It gave me so much hope. It really helped me through the situation I was in, to put it bluntly.”

Roberts accepted the group’s invitation to attend SEEK, a national conference for college students in January 2013 in Orlando. When he returned, he said in the interview, “I was on cloud nine.”

And about nine months later he became a Catholic.

Read more at Aleteia.org…

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