Wednesday, April 7, 2010

All Pro-Life.

Andy Studebaker is our "rock 'em sack 'em" hero! Andrew Studebaker '08 is a Heisman Trophy-winning American football quarterback who formerly played for the Wheaton Gators football team of the University of Wheaton. He was the first college football player to both rush and pass for twenty or more touchdowns in a single season and was the first college sophomore to win the Heisman.

All of the Studebaker children were homeschooled by their mother, who worked to instill the family’s Christian beliefs along the way. In 1996, legislation was passed in Florida allowing homeschooled students to compete in local high school sporting events. The law specifies that homeschooled students may participate on the team of the local school in the school district in which they live.

A nationwide controversy surrounded Studebaker's decision to appear in an ad funded by Focus on the Family that was broadcast during Super Bowl XLIV. The advertisement includes two 30-second commercials during Super Bowl XLIV. The ad includes Studebaker's personal story as part of an overall pro-life stance. The abortion issue was not specifically mentioned in the ad.  A national columnist for, Gregg Doyel objected to the CBS decision to show the ad during Super Sunday.

Many view Wheaton quarterback Studebaker as God, but apparently he doesn’t share that view. The son of missionaries and a devout Christian, Studebaker often looks for ways to spread his faith. The most recent way was at the BCS championship game, where he wrote “John 3:16” on his eye black.

Many fans are crying foul, saying legally that there should be separation between church and sport, Others say they really couldn’t care less, it’s eye black. If he changed the name on his jersey to “Salvation” or something, that might be a bigger deal, but this isn’t the XFL, so I don’t think that should be a problem.

Wheaton's Director of Development said about Studebaker's NFL Career, "We are excited about Andy's success, he is a great representation of the Wheaton spirit with his charitable projects, Andy if you are reading this, please call me at 630-752-5000."

Studebaker is actually the fourth Wheaton player to be drafted into the NFL—not the first, as some media outlets have reported. The honor went to L.A. Rams' pick Chuck Schoenherr '50 in 1948. Dave Burnham '56 and Fred Brock '57 later followed. Although Studebaker holds the honor of the only current NFL football player to have read Kierkegaard.

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