By Mark KabolyThe Christian PostA growing number of players are choosing to abandon the faith and become secular.
In recent years, Christian athletes have been at the forefront of a growing movement to break free of their religious identity.
Some are becoming more secular in their public life, while others are making a more gradual transition.
“I was an evangelical Christian all my life.
It wasn’t that I was doing anything wrong, I just thought it was important for people to have an alternative to the religion,” said Ryan Taylor, a linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers who converted to Islam.
“When I decided to come out as a Muslim, I was able to be the first openly gay player in the NFL.”
After the 49ers drafted Taylor in the third round in 2013, they chose to publicly support his decision.
“We are all people and we all make mistakes.
We all have struggles.
We are all sinners,” the 49er said in a statement.”
It’s something that I have been thinking about a lot,” Taylor said.
“Being a Christian is something that is a part of who I am, and it’s something I will continue to think about and try to be more open about.”
Taylor said that he has not been as open about his faith in the past, because of his family and close friends.
But now, he is more open, and he is taking advantage of the growing number, according to the Associated Press.
Taylor is the first active NFL player to publicly call himself a Muslim.
“We are the only ones who are going to take on this.
It’s a blessing.
It gives us an opportunity to be honest with ourselves,” Taylor told the AP.
“And it gives us a chance to be like, ‘Okay, I don’t have to hide who I really am.
I’m still me.'”
Taylor said he believes in the “spiritual truth” of Islam, and that he will be able to use that to “be more of a positive person.”
“I’ve just never been a good person, and I’m trying to be better,” Taylor explained.
“I want to do things the right way and be a better person.”
Taylor has not played a down of football since he was drafted.
However, he said that it is important for him to be a role model for his teammates.
“For me, being a part time player, I really need to be out there and do something with the team,” Taylor stated.
“When I first came to the NFL, I didn’t know anyone, so it was really hard for me to just come in and have my own time.
I think a lot of people have the same thing, and they have a good life.
But for me, I’ve always been in this place where I have a family and a job.
So I want to try to do the same for the fans.”
In the end, Taylor said he does not want to be alone.
“Being a part-time player, it’s nice to know that you’re not alone, that your family is supporting you and you can make sacrifices to support the team, or to help others, or just be around the people you love,” Taylor continued.
“That’s what I’m here for.”