Here’s why John 3:16 is so popular in sports

It’s been memorized by countless Sunday school students, displayed on signs at major sporting events, and printed on the bottom of shopping bags and soda cups.

Now, John 3:16 — considered among the most famous verses of the New Testament — has once again been thrust into the public eye after Aaron Hernandez wrote the verse on his forehead with red ink before taking his own life.

The verse, regarded by many as the most concise expression of Christian faith, reads: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’’

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