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January 13, 2014

Former NFL player speaks in Norman

NORMAN — Former NFL player Ken Zachary with Radical Turn Ministries delivered a sermon at Robinson Street Baptist Church in Norman Sunday night.

Zachary told several stories about growing up as a Christian, going off to college at Oklahoma State University, playing football in the NFL and the injury that sent him home and led him back to God.

The message of his sermon was “Do you know God?” and “Does God know you?”. An example he gave of this was that lots of people know Lebron James, but if Lebron James held a party, would Lebron invite you? Does Lebron know you?

He encouraged the church to think about whether or not God really knows them.

Whenever he was injured in the NFL, he said he remembered how focused he was during that game. Zachary said the line was blocking well and all he could think about was a 75-yard touchdown. Someone got in his way and he was thinking, “I’m gonna run smooth over this guy,” he said.

Then, there was a collision and Zachary ended up paralyzed from the neck down.

“They said I’d never walk again,” Zachary said. “As time went by, I thought I’d be like this for the rest of my life.”

It was at that moment that he remembered the words his mother had told him. First, that God would never leave him or forsake him, and second, always pray and thank God for his talent. So Zachary said he began to pray. It was at 27 years old that he truly asked God into his heart, he said.

“I was a good person. I did some good things,” Zachary said. “But, God didn’t know me.”

Then he began doing something the doctors said he’d never be able to do again. He was standing by his bed. He ended up walking out of the hospital.

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