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Texans Running Back Arian Foster Comes Out…As An Athiest
All-Pro running back Arian Foster played college football at the University of Tennessee. Then he got drafted by the Texans and has played in Houston ever since.
If you know anything about American culture, then you know folks in Tennessee and Texas are serious about Jesus. So it’s not hard to understand why Foster would have kept his dirty little secret for all these years—namely, that he is an atheist.
However, at the age of 28, Foster has apparently decided it’s time to come clean. So he revealed his religious beliefs—or rather, his religious disbeliefs—in a feature story for an upcoming issue of ESPN the Magazine by Tim Keown.
“Everybody always says the same thing: You have to have faith,” Foster says. “That’s my whole thing: Faith isn’t enough for me. For people who are struggling with that, they’re nervous about telling their families or afraid of the backlash…man, don’t be afraid to be you. I was, for years.”
According to Keown, Foster has hinted at his beliefs in the past. However, it was only recently that he decided to join a national campaign by nonprofit group Openly Secular.
Now Foster is ready to become the public face of nonbelievers.
“There’s a lot of ignorance about nonbelief,” he explained to Keown. “I don’t mean a negative connotation of ignorance. I just mean a lack of understanding, a lack of knowledge, lack of exposure to people like me.”
If nothing else, it will be fun when the folks from Westborough Baptist show up to protest at the Texans training camp.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]