NFL tight end Trey Burton took to Twitter to share that his 6-year-old son was baptized outside his local church recently.
The importance of baptism for a Christian believer has been spoken of many times in the Bible, “No one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit” (John 3:5). Jesus Christ has commanded his disciples to preach the Gospel, draw people to faith in him, and baptize all those who receive Him.
Now Indianapolis Colts tight end Trey Burton proudly displays the convergence of faith, family, and football. His fans know him as the player who threw the “Philly Special” touchdown pass in Super Bowl LII.
It is evident that faith is the most important part of his life and the tight end has been known to water baptize teammates back when he played for the Philadelphia Eagles.
In 2016, Trey Burton and chaplain Ted Winsley conducted water baptisms for Eagles players Mychal Kendricks, Jordan Hicks, Kamu Grugier-Hill, David Watford, and Paul Turner who got baptized in the team’s practice facility recovery pool.
Now Burton got in a pool of water outside of his Tampa church to baptize his son Jaxon. He blessed and baptized his 6-year-old, and later took to Twitter and Instagram saying, “My little man is FOREVER CHANGED!”
“I’m so proud of Jax for his boldness and thankful for the spirit he has been given,” Burton continued. “Praying he will keep his eyes fixed on Jesus no matter what is going on in the world.”
He closed with a reference to Jeremiah 29:13: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (NIV)
The pastor standing next to the father-son duo asked Jaxon to say who His Savior is now and forevermore. “Jesus Christ,” Jaxon proclaimed.
This was a special event for Burton and his wife, Yesenia who also has two daughters, and has made it clear that his family is his pride, joy, and priority.
“Over the last eight years I’ve been discovering what it means to be a dad,” wrote Burton on The Increase. “I never had a dad growing up, so I really wasn’t sure how to do this. But one thing I knew is that I wanted to be present in my kids’ lives.”
My little man is FOREVER CHANGED! I’m so proud of Jax for his boldness and thankful for the spirit he has been given. Praying he will keep his eyes fixed on Jesus no matter what is going on in the world. Jeremiah 29:13 pic.twitter.com/elegPbTBbn
— Trey Burton (@TreyBurton8) February 28, 2021
Trey Burton has played this past season with the Colts on a one-year contract, but due to the pandemic, he could spend a lot of time with his family of five than usual—which was just fine by Burton.
“My decisions don’t just affect me, they affect my family,” the tight end wrote last month. “But whatever happens, I have an incredible peace during this situation. I’ve never been the guy who wants to play 30 years in the league and then never walk again. I know I still have the ability to play, so if God wants me to play, I know He will open up the right doors for us.”