Another Special Life in Christ
These testimony lives are not stories of "role models". Jesus is the
These are lives wonderfully touched & changed by Jesus!
He was born in 1955 and, by his words, raised in a
great family. In the 1977 National Football League draft, 22-year old Rolf Benirschke was
drafted second-to-last by the Oakland Raiders, entering the intensely high-pressure life of
pro football. Soon after, he was part of a deal that sent him to the San Diego Chargers for
his rookie year in the NFL. Once he became a member of the team, Rolf didn't disappoint the
Chargers. He kicked twelve consecutive field goals, which was a new team record. He noticed
that there were several team members whose lives seemed filled with peace, one being his
holder, Mike Fuller. But their attraction did not turn Rolf off his "rich young ruler" path
in life. So, God allowed a bigger challenge than the constant pressure into his
During the 1978 football season, his second season
with the Chargers, Rolf's health began to decline. He was plagued by symptoms including
fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. At first he thought it was the flu; but, as the
symptoms continued, it was obvious that his illness was more serious. He had a dramatic
hospitalization and colectomy for ulcerative colitis. And his weight dropped down to only 120
pounds. "But, I stiff-armed Jesus for another 8 years."
So, in about
1986, Rolf surrendered his life to the Lordship of Jesus and asked that He take over his
life...then he retired with a career team scoring record of 766 points.
I watched the San Diego Billy Graham Crusade on WIS TV channel 10 on
12/9/03 and saw him give a brief "warm up" testimony.
***give me your comments about this
(posted 9 December 2003)
You have just read a very brief example of the
powerful, supernatural transformation of a person's life which is possible through the
acceptance of Jesus as your savior. Are you tired of life as it now is for you? He will
accept you just as you are right this second! Consider accepting Jesus now