You never know what’s going to happen next at the Under Armour Performance Center.
On Tuesday, quarterback Trace McSorley was baptized in one of the team’s training room recovery pools. Team Chaplain Johnny Shelton led the ceremony and offensive lineman James Hurst helped lower McSorley into the water.
“It was something I kind of wanted to do when I was in college and never did for whatever reason. Johnny brought it up and approached me about it. I knew the second time, I definitely wanted to do it,” McSorley said. “We just set it up in the training room and a couple guys were there and we did it.”
Hurst, L.J. Fort, Willie Snead IV, Jordan Richards, Otaro Alaka and coaches Bobby Engram and Craig ver Steeg were all on hand as Shelton led the baptism. McSorley talked about what it meant and what kind of statement he’s making by choosing to be baptized.
“We’re a pretty religious, faithful family,” McSorley said. “But as a baby, I didn’t have a decision in it. Now it was my decision. I wanted to choose it for myself.”
Hurst is one of the team’s faith leaders. He and his wife, Amanda, have been hosting couples Bible study at their house for the past three years. Their last of eight sessions for this season was Wednesday night.
“Johnny asked me to help. I was honored to do that and be a part of that,” Hurst said. “To be part of a big moment in someone’s life like that, it was pretty cool.”