THE RUNNING SEMINARIAN
Jordan Roberts is a rare Tommie. The star running back on the football team is a seminarian who will serve God and his community as a priest.
“I started thinking about devoting my life to God during my sophomore year,” recalls Jordan. “After a while, it was all I could think of. God has a plan for all of us, and for me, it was to come to the seminary. The fact that I can play football at the same time just makes God’s gift to me even greater.”
When he’s on the field, Jordan says, “I never want to go down easy. So when I get the ball, I just run as hard as I can and as fast as I can with no selfishness in my heart. I just try to run for my brothers and for God.” His efforts helped the Tommies play their way into the NCAA Division III championship game. “I firmly believe that football has helped me in my faith life. It's developed me into a better person, and all the things that I do in the day kind of tie together," Jordan said. "I'm the same person I am everywhere I go, whether that's the classroom, the chapel or on the football field.”
Jordan’s faith is essential to his game. He prays before taking the field and throughout the game. And he shares his faith with teammates, who, he says, have shown nothing but respect for him.
Says Father Michael Becker, St. John Vianney Seminary rector, “We’re very proud of Jordan because he’s one of us. He’s our brother. God has given him a wonderful platform to witness his love for Jesus, his Catholic faith and prayer life. We need athletes to be able to witness that, because young kids look up to star athletes.”