BY MICKEY MARVIN
was interviewed by Ed Bryson.
Ed: Mickey Marvin grew up in the mountains of North Carolina, played football at the University of Tennesse, then went on from there to play 11 years for the Oakland Raiders.
, we're glad to have you as a friend of The Francis Asbury Society
Tell us what's the most memorable experience that you had while playing with the Raiders?
: Well, during that time and to God
be the glory, I will preference my remarks by saying that, to God
be the glory for the great things he
did for my playing for the Raiders, giving me the talent to play.
: Well, the average playing time in the national football league is about four years, but God
blessed me and let me play 11.
I went over to Mike's office; and he
, this is the most difficult thing I've ever had to do.
I was the first Raider that he
I said, "Mike, this is not exactly easy for me either.
I just broke up and started crying.
We talked a little bit, and then I left his
knew what I needed.
One of our quarterbacks, Vince Evans, a good Christian, came up and hugged my neck; and he
, you left a strong witness for Jesus Christ in the locker room.
: Well, I grew up in the First Church of the Nazarene
, which certainly preaches salvation and sanctification.
The Holy Spirit spoke to me as plainly as I am speaking to you and he
, just take it a day at a time.
The next day, I went to the University of Alabama, Birmingham
, to do my scouting for the Raiders, and I was in such a quiet place.
I was beside those still waters, and from September 18, 2001 to right now, a lot of things have happened in my life and God's
brought me through little trials, a lot of testing, restitution times, but he's
got me in his
hands and I know who my Father is.
: Well, I grew up in a Christian home, even though my Dad was not a Christian.
He got saved about 4 years before he died from cancer, in 1986.
: Yes, she
was a cheerleader for the Raiders.
got saved, and we dated for nine months.
We've been married for 25 years.
Our son Jonathan is 20, playing football and going to school in Florida.
Paige is 19 and she's
going to school and playing volleyball at the University of North Carolina
Just like I was raised in church and I was there literally every time the door opened, we've done the same things with our kids.
We got them involved from very early ages in Sunday School and in the programs for the children and care ministry in our church and in Christian Scouting.
Lisa teaches Sunday School and she's been President of our Young People's Society and she's on the church board.