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Benjamin Watson, American Athlete ( December 18, 1980 - )

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When you go to work, you are a Christian at your workplace. You're not a broadcaster who happens to be Christian. You're a Christian.~Benjamin Watson


Work Christian You

I've heard my father say that the man is to be the priest, the provider, and the protector of his family. He's the priest because he is the spiritual leader, monitoring and growing the spiritual temperature of his family.~Benjamin Watson


Family Father Leader

Sometimes listening is of greater value than speaking.~Benjamin Watson


Value Listening Sometimes

Before competition, as I stand in shoulder pads and cleats, my helmet in my left hand, adrenaline flowing and my heart raging under my right, I never forget the ills of America, but for a moment I envision its potential, remember its prosperity, and give thanks to God for the land He has placed me in and the people I love who live in it.~Benjamin Watson


Love God Heart

Conflict, when handled correctly, strengthens.~Benjamin Watson


Conflict Correctly Handled

Conflict, when mismanaged, destroys.~Benjamin Watson


Conflict Destroys

People are hurting and looking for answers. The Gospel gives us hope.~Benjamin Watson


Hope People Looking

Sin is the reason we rebel against authority.~Benjamin Watson


Sin Rebel Reason

We all have the same problem as human beings. And it's something that we are born with, and we just see it manifest in different ways. And in this situation, it's racial. It's brutality. It's people breaking the law. It's the smoke, but the underlying fire is something that we all have to deal with, and that's our sin.~Benjamin Watson


Law Fire People

For everybody, I think that we all, when we look at this situation of race, we need a change of heart, and I said it before. I believe the heart change comes from repenting of your racism, repenting of your bias, repenting of your prejudice and understanding that, you know what, God sees us all the same.~Benjamin Watson


Change God Racism

A football player at any level must set goals.~Benjamin Watson


Goals Football Level

Goals give you a mark to shoot for and keep you motivated when you face adversity.~Benjamin Watson


Adversity Goals You

I know God has a plan for me. I don't know what it is.~Benjamin Watson


God Plan Me

You grow up a certain way, and you make decisions within your family, but then you go to college, and the decisions become harder. You are away from home, from the influence of your parents, dealing with peer pressure. There's a lot of stuff that goes on in college.~Benjamin Watson


Family Home Parents

If you're going to play football, why not be the best at it that you can be and fulfill your potential?~Benjamin Watson


Best Football Potential

Fortunately for me, I had a father who didn't let us get away with anything. You were taught respect, and you were taught to be humble. That has a lot to do with how I am now, because I'm still scared of my dad.~Benjamin Watson


Respect Father Dad

What I've found, and what Scripture tells us, is that your faith is not something on the side, something you carry with you - it is inherently who you are.~Benjamin Watson


Faith You Carry

Usually, 'All Lives Matter' comes as a response to 'Black Lives Matter'; it doesn't exist in a vacuum. So when people say 'Black Lives Matter,' a lot of times the response 'All Lives Matter' can seem very condescending, dismissive to 'Black Lives Matter.'~Benjamin Watson


People Black Matter

I think that part of the issue here is when people hear 'Black Lives Matter,' sometimes they think that someone is saying your life doesn't matter, and that's not what 'Black Lives Matter,' at least to me, is saying.~Benjamin Watson


Life People Black

The reason why 'Black Lives Matter' is a chant is because a lot of people feel, myself included, that sometimes they don't matter.~Benjamin Watson


Myself People Black

In the public, it seems to be painted that when minorities get pregnant, they need to get abortions, especially when it comes to teen pregnancy. It's like, when black girls are pregnant, it's like a statistic, but when white girls get pregnant, they get a TV show.~Benjamin Watson


Teen Black White

Ninety years after slavery, blacks were still segregated from whites. They still had separate drinking fountains, separate restrooms, separate neighborhoods, and separate schools. They still were expected to sit at the back of the bus.~Benjamin Watson


Slavery Back Drinking

We are God's children. We are Christians first, and then what we do flows from that.~Benjamin Watson


Children God First

God blessed me with great talent and good genetics. Plus, he blessed me with a good work ethic and a drive to want to be the best.~Benjamin Watson


Work Best Good

One thing I struggled with early in my career was the delicate balance between my performance and my identity. When things on the field went well, I was cheerful and felt important. When things went poorly, my countenance and self-concept plummeted, and I was not pleasant to be around.~Benjamin Watson


Balance Identity Important

I have been pulled over, and I have actually worried, 'Is something going to happen to me even though I am a law abiding citizen?' That is a real fear and is something that we have to come to grips with.~Benjamin Watson


Fear I Am Law