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Oregon Coach: 'Be All In For God First, Then All In For Football Second'

By Penny Starr | January 9, 2015 | 2:40pm EST

You might think that the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship game on Monday between the University of Oregon Ducks and the Ohio State Buckeyes, might have the Ducks’ quarterback coach talking up a big win for his team, but in an interview in the fall with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Scott Frost said he encourages his players to put God first.

“If football is the most important thing, if I’m ‘All In’ for football and football is first, then I’ve built my house on the sand, and once something goes wrong with that, then you’re completely miserable and your whole world gets turned upside-down,” Scott said.

“It’s very powerful if you can be ‘All In’ for God first and then ‘All In’ for football second because then, no matter what happens with football, even if you’re competing for a national title and you lose a game, if you’re ‘All In’ for God first, your foundation’s on the Rock and you’re not going to be shaken.”

Scott, the Duck’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks’ coach, has been leading and mentoring a group of five quarterbacks, including Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, to ready them for Monday’s game against the Buckeyes.

In the interview with FCA, Scott talked about how putting God first can also make a better team.

“We’re commanded to love our Lord first and love one another second and my guys really live that out. … they’re 100 percent in support of one another,” Scott said.

Les Steckel, president and CEO of FCA, said of Scott:

“Coach Frost knows—and has instilled in his players—that football, and life in general, is not all about the big, game-winning moments,” Steckel said. “It’s about what we do with the gifts God has given each of us.”

And yet, as someone who lived in Oregon for more than a dozen years and still feels a deep connection to that beautiful state, it’s impossible not to conclude with these words:

Go Ducks!!!!!

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