Stefen Wisniewski, who won 2 Super Bowls, one with the Philadelphia Eagles and one with the Kansas City Chiefs, has announced his retirement from the NFL, noting that he is moving on to become a pastor.
Wisniewski, 32, made the announcement in a short video posted to Twitter last Thursday.
"After 10 seasons in the NFL, I'm retiring. I absolutely loved playing the game of football, but after 10 years, my body, my mind, and my heart are telling me it's time to move on," he told his followers.
"What am I going to do next? I'm gonna be a pastor," he added. "The absolute best part of my life is my relationship with Jesus Christ, and I can't imagine a better full-time job than teaching people the Bible and sharing the love of Christ with others."
In addition to the video, Wisniewski shared a written statement in which he expressed his gratitude to Jesus Christ and to everyone who has supported him throughout his football career.
"You were my strength, joy, purpose, anchor, life, peace, and passion through it all," he wrote, referring to Christ. "I only made it through the tough times because of Your presence and because of the promises in Your Word. And the intense joy from knowing You far surpasses any joy that came from even the best parts of the game of football. And all glory that people try to give to me for what I've accomplished truly and rightfully belongs to You. Romans 11:36."
According to CBN News, Wisniewski played with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2016-2018 and won his first Superbowl in 2017. In 2019, Wisniewski signed with the Kansas City Chiefs and won his second Superbowl championship in 2020.
Wisniewski played football at Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, PA, before moving on to play at Penn State University. In 2011, he was selected by the Oakland Raiders during the NFL draft and later signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2015.
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