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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Another Great J.J. Read

Pat Forde over at ESPN.com has written a fantastic article about J.J. Redick that gives tremndous insight into his life, his background, and his motivations. It talks a great deal about Redick's christian faith and reveals two tattoos that J.J. has under his jersey. The tattoos are two bible verses: Isaiah 40:31 and Joshua 1:9.

The first refers to this verse: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

The second refers to this verse: Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Redick also says, "I realize that any talent I have is a result of God's blessing."

It is a great article about a very impressive young man who seems able to keep a remarkably level head despite all of the furor surrounding him. Of course, none of this will dissuade bitter fans of other lesser teams from hating him, but it is nice to see someone who is able to suffer that abuse yet remain true to himself through it all.

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