“Only one network transcript ever admitted Howard’s faith – in 2010, according to a Nexis search. On June 17, 2010, NBC “Nightly News” Reporter Ian Williams described Howard as “grounded by a strong Christian faith.” Howard responded, “We all need God in certain ways, you know. And I certainly fall short in a lot of categories. And it’s at those times that I need much more help than most.”
In an article for Worldwide Challenge magazine, Howard credited his grandmother and his Tourette’s syndrome, a neurological disorder, with drawing him closer to God. Combatting Tourette’s, Howard discovered, “Nana’s sense of peace was so powerful because it came from her faith in the Lord.”
“Through her, God revealed His love for me as well. It wasn’t long before I was following in her footsteps,” he explained.
While “living with Tourette’s is not easy,” Howard acknowledged, “God has blessed me with the gift of athleticism as well.” He continued, “[God] also has shown me ways to use my position as a professional athlete to encourage others with Tourette’s syndrome.”
Describing his life as a “dream,” he stressed, “if it all went away tomorrow, I know I would still have peace. That probably sounds crazy to most people, but that’s the kind of peace Christ gives. It is rooted in His love, and it surpasses all understanding.”
In 2006, Howard also described Christ as “The most important thing in my life.” “He’s more important to me than winning or losing or whether I’m playing or not,” he continued, “Everything else is just a bonus.”
originally posted at Shhhh! Tim Howard’s a Christian.
Why are we not surprised that no one has mentioned this little detail about his life, abilities, and game? I read comments that said it is unimportant, it doesn’t matter. Apparently it does, according to Tim. And that makes it matter. How did he get so great? “God has blessed me with the gift of athleticism as well.”
It doesn’t matter? I strongly disagree!