Kedric Golston: ‘I Tried to Do Life My Way, but Everything Changed When I Gave My Life to Christ’



He is a defensive end for the Washington Redskins. He was drafted in the sixth round in the 2006 NFL Draft as a defensive tackle. He played college football at the University of Georgia.

During his senior year in high school, he got into a bad car accident where he flipped his truck 5 times and got thrown out of the truck which resulted in a broken leg and a staph infection in his lungs. For him, his chances at playing football in college or the NFL were over. For an All-American, this accident was devastating. However, he immediately went into rehab and by God’s grace he was still offered a scholarship to play college football.

During college, football trumped his faith. He said, “I tell people all the time, I got to college and just lost my mind. I thought I was a Christian because I said the prayer. I said I was a Christian. I knew Jesus but wasn’t serving Him whole-heartedly. I felt as long as I went to church on Sunday, and said my prayers, I’d be just fine. I knew mamma was at home praying for me. So I thought that was all that mattered.”

In 2002, he helped the Georgia Bulldogs win their first SEC Championship in 20 years. Everything seemed to be going well. But over the next three seasons, he faced multiple injuries, and his football career again hung in the balance. He was not only brought to a halt physically, but spiritually as well. He said, “I just really got tired of playing the one step forward and five steps back game. And (I was) kind of using God as a good luck charm and not really allowing Him to be the head of my life, as my Lord and Savior.”

After completely turning his life over to Christ and asking him for guidance, his football career got back on track. He continued to play for Georgia until he was drafted by the Redskins. He said of his faith, “[When I made the decision to give my life to Christ,] everything changed. I’d done it my way. I tried to be successful my way. I’ve always been a hard worker, somebody that always did everything right and things never really worked out the way I thought they should. So I got tired of fighting that fight and I realized that I can place my burdens on Him. And all I really need to do is serve Him and glorify Him because that’s what I was created to do…He’s my Lord and my Savior. I count it all joy that He came into this world as a man. (He) dealt with all the things that I dealt with and died on the cross for my sins. So, I’m going to serve Him because He’s my Savior. He’s my Lord. He’s the head of my life. I’m going to honor Him with all that I do. He loves us more than anything. He wants us to have that relationship with Him so that we can be in heaven with Him. Things are going to happen in this world that are going to be hard. Every day is not going to be a cakewalk. But trust in Him and know that the battle is already won. Every situation is different, but there’s always a fork in the road; you can choose the world’s way or you can choose God’s way.”

His name is Kedric Golston.


This is the “Chief of Sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, reminding you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me. Just as Kedric Golston gave his life to Christ, may I encourage you to do the same. Here is how:

First, please understand that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.

The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.

Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.

Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.

And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your new found faith in Christ, go to and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Remember, friend, Believe by faith. Share the faith. and Keep the faith!