Well, he was a punter who didn’t make the team his freshman year, and I was kicker with a scholarship, so we weren’t really going for the same spot; but the first time I ever saw Grant was before my freshman season at Tech. Oft-overlooked kicker key to St. Joe’s Prep’s title-winning ways, One classy sisterhood: St. Hubert’s girls show love for Hallahan players, Pope meets with NBA players’ union delegation at the Vatican, Only in 2020: Devon Prep soccer goes from winless to state playoffs, Bishops support bills to protect Title IX sports programs for women, girls, Through setbacks, leadership emerges at Lansdale Catholic, Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker celebrates after making a field goal against the Chicago Bears Dec. 22, 2019, in Chicago. Harrison Butker started his collegiate kicking career at Georgia Tech as a highly touted newcomer. It was kind of funny, though, because in my first three years, I didn’t get a lot of chances to kick field goals. Being a college athlete can easily make you think life is all about you, but through the Rosary, the Blessed Mother shows me ways I can help other people. The major turning point for Butker was when he went to confession. But the morning after the game, as he told the attendees at the Knights of Columbus 55th annual College Councils Conference, he still had to take out the garbage. But until recently, neither the parish nor the I started to see how someone could actually be happy as a practicing Catholic, because I was getting a clearer perspective on the nature of God and man revealed through the Church. #xsupportcatholicphilly:before{ position: absolute; width: 100%; height: 100%; top: 0px; content: ""; opacity: 0.8; z-index: 1; background-color: #FFF; } #scppad{padding: 20px 40px; z-index: 2; position: relative;} It’s very important to depict the Catholic faith in paintings, statues, stained glass and things like that. I’m very thankful I did get to break it, which is pretty cool for someone who followed Tech’s football team closely even before playing on it. Aasen still wanted to play football and worked hard enough to be able to walk onto the Georgia Tech team. “He didn’t shy away from Catholic truths,” Butker said. Six months after the incident, Aasen began to contemplate God’s role in the moment he could have died and that led to a deeper exploration of his faith. Let’s use Harrison Butker, kicker for the Super Bowl champs Kansas City Chiefs, as an example. At a fundamental level, life-saving research ought to preserve human dignity. This is an incredible story of conversion, commitment, and our beautiful Catholic faith. It was an extraordinary thing to have happen at an already special place. Or make your donation by check: Sign-up for E-NewsletterGet Register Updates sent daily or weeklyto your inbox. Interviewer: Why not? Nothing feels more "punk" than coming out as Catholic in my part of the world (urban Canada). That aggravating guy from freshman year became one of my best friends. First, he sees God more clearly, and, second, he sees the purpose of human life more clearly. Head over to www.butker I went out onto the stadium field, just wanting to kick some balls alone. Little children are always around their mothers, and the same is true spiritually. Reporters would ask me about it, and I was thinking of how neat it would be to break the record. He’d been looking for a business partnership, and NOVUS’ faith-based mission resonated (Butker is Catholic). “(Confession was) taking ownership of my life and what I was doing and getting rid of the pride to confess my sins.”. When I first started kicking at Tech, I wasn’t really thinking in terms of records or my entire career there. Now you’ll want to beat him, since the Panthers play the Falcons twice. At a summer workout, Butker and Aasen met. As they continued to struggle and go back and forth with the teachings, we, oddly enough, had some non-Catholic teammates we hadn’t addressed ask us about becoming Catholic. Instead of simply doing my part and leaving things up to the Holy Spirit and the individual, I assumed Isabelle’s complete conversion would quickly result from my explanations. I didn’t understand how someone could live the way the Church wants us to and still be joyful. Well, someone else was already there. Congratulations to our Brother Knight Harrison Butker of the The Kansas City Chiefs — Super Bowl champions! (Related: Watch a video with Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker. Butker received the answers he was looking for from the college chaplain. Harrison Butker NFL - Kansas City Chiefs 👨‍👩‍👦 Catholic Husband & Father⠀ 🏆 SB LIV World Champion 🏈 KC Chiefs #7⠀ All proceeds go to the Butker Family Foundation! My contribution was usually limited to PATs [point(s)-after-touchdown], so it was a slow climb to the record. We ran a triple-option offense, so we were scoring a ton of points through touchdowns. Grant and I both had been an encouraging voice to a core group of Catholic teammates who, like myself, did not understand the Church. Instead of playing football his senior year, the final year of his eligibility, Aasen gave up his NFL aspirations and decided to enter the seminary. But while attending Georgia Tech, that wasn’t the case. He finished it as the school’s all-time leading scorer — with 337 points — but more importantly, his overall mindset is now pointed in the right direction. However, the kicker’s involvement in this conversion story is thoroughly associated with finding and living the truth. Butker also credits his new appreciation of the faith to the preaching and ministry of Father Joshua Allen, the Georgia Tech campus chaplain. Am I not the source of your joy? - As an NFL kicker, there's a ton of pressure. I can honestly say that if it weren’t for him, I would still be miserable right now. Aasen’s example of someone who was comfortable with his Catholicity inspired Butker to look at his own beliefs, including questions about the faith that had rattled his mind since high school. Catholic faith is a big part of Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker’s life, which also includes dozens of accolades acquired since joining the NFL in 2017. Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can ― a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Harrison Butker's impact on the football field is tremendous. Give a Gift SubscriptionBless friends, family or clergy with a gift of the Register. “He didn’t shy away from Catholic truths,” Butker said. Butker also credits his new appreciation of the faith to the preaching and ministry of Father Joshua Allen, the Georgia Tech campus chaplain. Earlier this year I met an Atlanta Falcons coach who has learned a lot from Catholic Answers. A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith. Harrison Butker's impact on the football field is tremendous.   interviews, most of which have appeared in the Register. He suffered a subdural hematoma — massive bleeding in his brain. KANSAS CITY, Mo. Georgia Tech grad Harrison Butker is grateful for the joy found in the Catholic Church. Butker, who turned 22 July 14, spoke with the Register in advance of the game about his conversion, contentment and NFL ambitions. Aasen and Butker became involved with the Catholic Center on campus and eventually joined the Knights of Columbus. So here I was miserable, but thinking I should be happy, and Grant was happy and I thought he should be miserable. Last night, EWTN News Nightly did a feature story on Harrison Butker, the place kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs. Yet the reality is: We must have the humility to admit when we’re wrong or to ask for help in our struggles. I would pray the Rosary in the center’s chapel, and then opportunities I had missed to impact others were pointed out to me. So far I’ve done well, and I hope to finalize that by making it onto the final roster by the end of preseason. After graduating with a degree in industrial engineering last May, Butker was chosen by the Carolina Panthers in the seventh round of this year’s NFL Draft. Mary takes this to a new level and, as our spiritual mother, always wants us to be united with the work of her Son. He is now hoping to make the team’s final roster by the end of preseason, which starts for the Panthers Aug. 9 against the Houston Texans. The Holy Spirit working with man’s free will is the most important thing. It was an awesome experience that we shared with Grant, of course. 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Despite his aspirations, Aasen almost didn’t make it to college. I like to pray the Rosary, which helps to make me aware of the people closest to me and how I can be present in their lives. Men are supposed to protect women, so when a woman (Mary) is protecting a man (like me), it’s like a mother protecting her little son. I pride myself on the hard work, the atmosphere in Arrowhead Stadium is unbelievable. Are you not in my shadow and under my protection? Near the end of the game the following day, Aasen passed out on the sidelines and had a seizure. Though he recently left the seminary, he continues to discern God’s plan for him and remains open to whatever path God is calling him to. Their friendship is featured in “Everyday Heroes,” a video series produced by the Knights of Columbus showcasing ordinary men acting in extraordinary ways, who are strengthened by their Catholic faith and membership in the Knights of Columbus. What has been your experience with the Panthers so far? Do you have a favorite devotion outside of Mass? It certainly beats sinning and covering that up with excuses. As the kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs, he was a vital component to the team's victory in Super Bowl LIV. or school. The world will tell you that you are your own god who answers to no one but yourself, that you can do everything your heart desires and don’t need any help along the way. That’s one of the reasons Mary has been so helpful to me. For years, legal experts have been discussing possible battles over access to federal benefits and accreditation of religious schools, based on their acceptance of ideas such as same-sex marriage and accommodation of persons identifying as LGBT. “My conversion, my reconversion back to the faith, really started with the sacrament of reconciliation,” Butker said. But the morning after the game, as he told the attendees at the Knights of Columbus 55th annual College Councils Conference, he still had to take out the garbage. If a football team attempts a two-point conversion after a touchdown, the kicker is usually involved only for the purpose of deceiving the defense. He not only worked on his faith, but also his skills in becoming a punter because, before the tackle, he was a running back and linebacker. But the morning after the game, as he told the attendees at the Knights of Columbus 55th annual College Councils Conference, he … I hadn’t gone to Mass at all in college and had no prayer life to speak of, yet, far from making me happy, I was discontent and alone. Register correspondent Trent Beattie writes from Seattle. But the morning after the game, as he told the attendees at the Knights of Columbus 55th annual College Councils Conference, he still had to take out the garbage. Another thing to look forward to is that Isabelle and I are engaged to be married in February 2018 — after winning the Super Bowl, of course. 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SubscribeStart your Register subscription today. “There is that mutual trust between brothers in Christ.”, #supportcatholicphilly a[href*="acceptiva"]{background: #0033ff; top:0; left:0;padding: 13px 38px; border-radius: 15px; font-weight: bold; margin: 20px auto; display: inline-block; font-family: sans-serif;letter-spacing: 0.7px; color: #FFF; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; background-color: #0033ff;text-align: center; border-top-color: #FFF; border-left-color: #EEE; border-right-color: #AAA; border-bottom-color: #AAA; box-shadow: 1px 1px 2px #333; transition: all 0.1s;} As the kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs, he was a vital component to the team's victory in Super Bowl LIV. During practice for the Starr’s Mill High School in Fayetteville, Georgia, Aasen sustained a heavy tackle and his head smacked the turf, causing whiplash. Catholic Church. I prayed for her every day during that time, and, meanwhile, she was slowly having a conversion of her own. One of the places I looked for truth was in the tracts from the Catholic Answers website. Subscriber Service CenterAlready a subscriber? Our natural mothers point out things that we miss, and they have a deep concern for us. (CNS photo/Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters), By Andrew Fowler • Catholic News Service • Posted December 23, 2019. That was underscored with the story of my fiancée, Isabelle, too. A macro focus is fine for prayer, but we shouldn’t get caught up in it at the expense of opportunities right in front of our faces. Chad Cheramie Jr. finds peace of mind in silent adoration. Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl Champion Kicker, Harrison Butker, has teamed up with our friends at Novus Clothing Co., FOCUS # VarsityCatholic alumni, to release an exclusive clothing line for the strugglers, the hungry, the driven. “So it was really just kind of slowly immersing myself in the Catholic faith and getting around guys and working on being a better man, what the Christian man should be.”. As the kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs, he was a vital component of the team's victory in Super Bowl LIV. In his NFL debut vs. Washington on October 2, 2017 Butker converted 26-, 32- and 43-yard At that point, he was questioning the very She shows me things that I can do, and it’s very fulfilling to be a force for good. #supportcatholicphilly a[href*="acceptiva"]:hover {background-color: #07269f;border-style: solid;border-width: 2px;border-top-color: #444;border-left-color: #444;border-right-color: #AAA;border-bottom-color: #CCC;position: relative;top: 3px;box-shadow: inset 1px 1px 2px rgba(22,22,22,0.4);color: #ccc;left: 1px;} There are so many blessings for me to count, but even if you just look at football alone, I’m a better player than I would have been, had I not re-entered the Church and realigned my life towards God — and that happened through Grant’s influence. The two didn’t start off on the greatest terms, but once Aasen made the team, they began talking and hanging out. “Am I not here,” said Our Lady of Guadalupe, “I who have the honor to be your mother? In order to make sense of the situation, I started asking Grant questions about the Church. Most kickers get 20 to 30 shots per season, but I was getting 10 to 15. Renew or manage your subscription here. When the complete conversion didn’t occur, there was tension, and Isabelle slowly drifted away from the relationship. “We’re at two different states of life, but good fraternity is built off of the ability, the open communication to talk about what’s going on in one’s life and talk about the struggles and temptations,” Aasen said. “Why this?” and “Why that?” about so many things. #supportcatholicphilly{margin-top:30px;border-radius: 10px;border:1px solid #DDD; position:relative;} This is clearest in confession, when Jesus forgives us of our sins through the priest and strengthens us to live a truly fulfilled life with him. It’s the difference between a macro and a micro focus. Dr. Bryan Thatcher assists holy souls in November through Eucharistic adoration. It’s just not so.”, “A friend once said to me, ‘Food is love,’ and I love learning about people’s food stories.”. Then he wanted me to film him punting so he could analyze his technique. I am interviewed briefly at the 7:30 mark. We make sure your donation in any amount will go a long way toward continuing our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month. It’s easier to search for excuses to rationalize our behavior rather than to search for the truth and then order our lives accordingly, but the second option brings us what we truly desire. Harrison Butker (born July 14, 1995), nicknamed Butt Kicker (a play on words on his last name and position), [1] is an American football kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). Some people learn best by hearing, but others by seeing, so visual presentations of the teachings of Christ should not be underestimated. Eric Sutulovich visited us on our pro day, and we talked a little about football and faith. But I respect Eric and the other people with the Falcons. Kansas City Chiefs’ place kicker Harrison Butker may not be a household name, but the sure-footed 24-year-old could end up being the deciding … Mary takes this to a … Continue reading → During the current coronavirus crisis, you can help CatholicPhilly.com deliver the kind of news people need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live ― every day. However, no one is expected to solve all of the world’s problems; we’re just supposed to make sure we’re doing what God is asking of us in every facet of our life. Father Josh has made the center’s chapel a beautiful place for offering Mass. Passed the 100-point plateau for the second-consecutive season in week 13 at Oakland (12/1/18). A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution. He has taught me a lot, not only about things on the field, but things off the field, too. So here I was, one of the top kickers in the country, just wanting to practice on my own; and, suddenly, there’s a random guy that’s not even on the team using the field and disrupting my training so I can help film him. As a result of Aasen’s influence, Butker returned to the Church he had not really known prior to leaving, and three of his teammates and his fiancée joined him. 222 N. 17th Street I was just taking it one season at a time. Catholic faith is a big part of Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker's life, which also includes dozens of accolades acquired since joining the NFL in 2017. She probably saw a lot of the same things I had told her about, but the way they were presented was much more appealing. On top of that, I was not living the way the Church wants us to, which, in my mind, was supposed to make me happy. A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods. That’s a popular resource for a lot of people, and the football world is no different. As the kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs, he was a vital component to the team's victory in Super Bowl LIV. Harrison Butker's impact on the football field is tremendous. Reproduction of material from this website without written permission, or unlicensed commercial use or “I really enjoyed the fraternal aspect of these Catholic men coming together,” Butker said. Aasen had a 1% chance of completely recovering. – Patrick Mahomes threw for 318 yards and a touchdown, Harrison Butker was perfect on five field goals, and the Kansas City … Aasen was best man at Butker’s wedding, and they stay in touch about their lives, their families and their faith. Harrison Butker's impact on the football field is tremendous. He began asking Aasen questions and his new friend pointed him to the Catholic Center on campus. Harrison Butker, pictured kicking one of five field goals during an Oct. 8 victory over the Houston Texans, has made a dramatic NFL debut with the Kansas City Chiefs. His book, Fit for Heaven (Dynamic Catholic, 2015), contains numerous Catholic sports. A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily. In time of canceled events, small printed materials are especially handy. Su nombre es Harrison Butker, jugador de la NFL y flamante campeón del Kansas City Chiefs en la última edición del Super Bowl que se disputó el pasado domingo 2 de febrero, en el Hard Rock Stadium de Miami (EEUU). Pero Harrison es mucho más que un pateador de fútbol americano. Copyright © 2020 EWTN News, Inc. All rights reserved. I would not be reading books like that or be a practicing Catholic if it weren’t for Grant — he completely changed my life. ), “I had no idea what the Mass was, what the sacraments were, what the Catholic Church taught differently,” Aasen said. You should be praying for it. The parish Butker attends is St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Independence, Missouri. She could go at her own pace without expectation of an on-the-spot conversion. Dear Harrison, Great job on winning the Super Bowl! That would be a lot of celebration in such a short time, but the eventual celebration in heaven never ends. National Catholic Register, Trent Beattie: Harrison Butker: “Our natural mothers point out things that we miss, and they have a deep concern for us. It was a good desire, but the way I went about doing it was too authoritarian. When you walk into a church, it should uplift you almost as if you’re at the heavenly banquet with all the angels and saints. Their friendship resolved the questions plaguing Butker and led to his reconversion — and it became a factor in Aasen’s discernment. 1 down, about 5 billion to go! I wish Mr Butker a good journey through his faith and glad to welcome him back to the family! “I don’t know how firmly I believed in Jesus and what it means to be Christian.”. Catholic faith is a big part of Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker’s life, which also includes dozens of accolades acquired since joining the NFL in 2017. A lot of things around the world are getting worse, and it can even seem like the Second Coming isn’t too far off. But while attending Georgia Tech, that wasn't the case. He survived and made a full recovery. And Mary helps you to solve problems in a productive way? I find this particularly special in regard to men. I want to become the best player I can be, and the other kicker on the team, Graham Gano, has been very helpful with that. As the kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs, he was a vital component to the team’s victory in Super Bowl LIV. We have a foretaste of that in the Mass today, like I’m reading in Scott Hahn’s book The Lamb’s Supper. That reminds me of Grant Aasen. Harrison: I'm not praying about that, no. NFL kicker Harrison Butker and his return to the Catholic faith - … Note that Harrison Butker ended up with Kansas City not Carolina. When a man prays the Rosary, he’s humbling himself and becoming like a little child, just as Christ said we all have to be in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. In my senior season, though, the record was on my mind. But the morning after the game, as he told the attendees at the Knights of Columbus 55th annual College Councils Conference, he still had to take out the garbage. Harrison Butker and Father Aaron Williams pose for a photo after serving Mass on New Year’s Day 2020. Georgia Tech grad Harrison Butker is grateful for the joy found in the Catholic Church. You then wanted to share that discovery with others on the team. Those two things didn’t make any sense to me, since I thought of the Catholic Church as being all about oppressive rules and regulations. Budgets are tight at this time, and CatholicPhilly's is no different than those of most families. This past Easter vigil, Isabelle and three teammates — Nick Williams, Zach Matthews and Davis Beard — came into full communion with the Church at the Catholic Center at Georgia Tech. Harrison Butker's impact on the football field is tremendous. Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms?”. It shows you his character, when he can be so instructive to someone who is battling for the same position. Maybe we’ll be able to talk a little before each game or even attend Mass together. As the kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs, he was a vital component to the team's victory in Super Bowl LIV. Haha, some funny comments here, thanks for making me smile! NATIONAL By Andrew Fowler, Catholic News Service Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker kicks the game-winning 58-yard field goal against the Los Angeles Chargers during overtime at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., Sept. 20, 2020. CatholicPhilly.com He answered a lot of my questions and referred me to Catholic Answers and Father Joshua Allen at the school’s Catholic Center for responses to others. Everyone has a different skill level, but he was super talkative, like we were already best friends or something. The explanations I got about salvation, marriage, family life, science and so many other things made so much sense. “He spoke in a charitable way, but in a way that made you hear Catholic faith is a big part of Kansas City Chiefs’ kicker Harrison Butker’s life, which also includes dozens of accolades acquired since joining the NFL in 2017. Butker was when he went away to college, his teammate at Georgia Tech, that was. 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