Wilson FCA Banquet welcomes athletes

Jake Old • Updated Oct 6, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Casey Cramer, a former Tennessee Titans player and current team chaplain, gave the keynote address at Tuesday evening’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes Banquet in Mt. Juliet.


Cramer shared a message of how religion impacted him during his days playing in the NFL.


“My dad was a coach, and I was a three-sport athlete, and so I always thought if I could just do well in sports, I would be happy, I would be satisfied,” Cramer said.

“When I got to the NFL, I thought, if I can just make it here, I’ll be happy, but there was always something missing.” 

Cramer said a message from his first NFL head coach, Jon Gruden, has stuck with him. Gruden told him “Cramer, you’re a dead man walking,” referring to Cramer’s status with the team, but Cramer said the phrase had deeper meaning for him spiritually when he fully embraced Christianity.

Local student athletes and coaches also provided some personal testimony during the program. Brady Chappel, a freshman at Lebanon High School, led the opening prayer of the event, and Nicole Bowers, a student athlete at Cumberland University, shared reasons why she enjoys being part of FCA.

Dozens of athletes and coaches, as well as their families, gathered for the event. Tim Bryant, director of the Wilson County FCA, said he was happy with the turnout.

“I look around here, and I see a great crowd,” he said. “I see God on the move in Wilson County.”

The annual fundraising banquet benefits the Wilson County FCA organization. Event organizers encouraged attendees to show their team spirit by wearing their favorite team’s jersey or shirt. 

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