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The Dallas Cowboys didn’t make the playoffs this year, so their season is over. However, three of the players got baptized in the team’s rehabilitation pool early last month (12/17), Vibe reports.

The trio posted their baptism to Facebook and the viral video showed the Cowboys’ chaplain, Pastor John Evans, baptizing linebackers Anthony Hitchens and Justin March-Lillard and safety Kavon Frazier at The Star, the team’s new headquarters and practice facility.

The NFL players wanted to send a message to the younger generation, that it’s okay “to come out of the closet in their faith.”

“They don’t see their friends really worshiping God and really talking about God,” Frazier told The Undefeated. “Even me growing up, I went to a Christian school all my life, but I really wasn’t going around talking about God. But now it’s different … but from this video, hopefully younger people will start learning [about God] a little bit quicker.”

The players credit the video going viral to God’s plan.

“He made it go viral just so we can use our platform in a whole bigger sense than just football. It wasn’t supposed to blow up, it just happened. We didn’t do it for the press. We did it to renew our vows with God.” Frazier said.

“We spend a lot of our time here [at the practice facilities],” March-Lillard said. “You’re more with the guys here than you are with your own family, so it’s like a family environment. “Our church is here, so for us it was kind of like that’s why we got baptized here, because this is our church, this is where we have Bible study.”

Frazier explained to The Undefeated that the baptism brought the team closer.

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