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The BEST Receiver in the NFL

Thursday, November 1, 2018

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“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Adam Thielen is a wide receiver on the Minnesota Vikings. His tremendous performance this year has come as a surprise to many. With 8 games in the books, Thielen leads the league in both total receptions and receiving yards, 74 and 925, respectively.

He has also made NFL history, becoming the only player to gain 100 or more receiving yards in each of the first 8 games of the season. If Thielen surpasses the 100-yard mark next Sunday, he will be the only player to have 100-plus receiving yards in 9 consecutive games during any point in a year.

Amazingly, a path to the NFL was not easy for Thielen. After high school, he decided to attend Minnesota State University, a Division II program. Though talented, a $500 scholarship was the only offer he received.

Following college, Thielen was forced to pay his own way to a regional combine in Chicago because he was not invited to the scouting combine in Indianapolis. His skill excited those present and later attracted the attention of NFL scouts.

When it came time for the draft, however, his name was not called. Still, Thielen remained undaunted and continued to work hard. He received offers as an undrafted walk-on to try out for the Carolina Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings. After a strong rookie mini-camp, Thielen was signed by the Vikings and is now one of the best receivers in the game.

Adam Thielen’s story is yet another example of incredible determination and will. The Bible informs us that we, as well, will face trials of many kinds. With these trials, though, come encouragement and strength from the Lord. John 16:33 states, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Moreover, we know that life is a marathon which must be completed with endurance. I Corinthians 9:24-27 reads, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”

Pursue life and, more specifically, your spiritual walk in the same way Adam Thielen has pursued his NFL career.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” II Timothy 4:7

- Christopher Glading, Director of Programs and Publicity

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