Super Bowl III player is now on Lord's team

by | Feb. 01, 2010

Saints & Sports

Today, more than 40 years after the historic Super Bowl III game where the New York Jets shut down the favored Baltimore Colts, Jets' defensive player Bill Baird is still signing autographs and sending out pictures to fans.

The difference is now he includes a Mormon pass-along card, a note and a short testimony.

He still wears his Super Bowl ring, which is often a conversation starter that leads to a gospel discussion for the man who has since been a bishop, a missionary, a member of a stake presidency, high priest group leader and is currently a temple worker in the Fresno California Temple.

Baird, who is 70 now, wasn't a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he played in Super Bowl III, but he looks back and says he can see the Lord's hand in his life even then.

"My wife was a member, and both of her parents were members," Baird said in a telephone interview from California.

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