Devin Wyman is not your typical former football player. Yes, he played at a high level in college. Yes, he made it to the NFL. Yes, he played with one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever take the field (Tom Brady) when he was with the New England Patriots and is also an AFC Conference champion, but this is not what makes the 6-foot-6, 320-pounder stand out….it is his love and commitment to the Lord.
Wyman was born in East Palo Alto, California to a mother with a strong faith. He says it was hard to get the same spiritual connection, but that all changed when he got to the NFL.
“I came from a home where my mom was a strong woman of God, but in a single parent home you just didn’t get the same thing as you would with a father and I didn’t have that,” Wyman said of the seeds of his faith being planted. “The good thing was that the seed was there, then in my rookie year in the NFL, Curtis Martin played a huge role in my life because he was someone who did Bible study all the time. He shared with me about being celibate and I didn’t know what that was, so that introduced me to the Lord and I got saved in 1999.”
This was a big influence on the life of Wyman, as there are not many opportunities for church or faith-based activities in the NFL, where teams are constantly on the road and playing each and every Sunday.
“You would have Bible studies on game days. Every stadium may have chapel. You would walk through an airport and they may have chapel, but it wasn’t mandatory. Even in the NFL today, not every team has chapel so a lot of people are blinded, not aware, so my walk and my belief was not there,” said Wyman of his faith while in the NFL.