Miami Dolphins receiver Horn looks for the positives on the field and in life

Pieces to Reece Horn’s professional football puzzle continue to fall into place.

After setting records while playing at NCAA Division II University of Indianapolis where he was an American Football Coaches Association All-American, Horn went undrafted in the 2016 NFL draft.

Efforts to make the roster of an NFL team were unsuccessful so he spent two years playing in Europe and then for the Memphis Express in the inaugural Alliance of American Football (AAF). The league folded in April 2019, two months after it started and before many scheduled games were completed. 

A wide receiver, Horn is now where he originally wanted to be — in the NFL — and playing this season for the Miami Dolphins, who signed him after his performance in the AAF.

“My football path has been out of the ordinary. Going from the NFL to overseas is a huge gap, but at the end of the day you just have to persevere. It doesn’t matter where you come from as long as you put in the work and make plays and put up some good numbers. Anybody can see that and they’ll find you if you are good enough,” said Horn.

Faith helps him keep a positive outlook, he said. Daily he thanks God for allowing him to wake up and see another day and play football.

‘More than we think’

“I could never give too much praise to God for allowing me to be where I am. The Lord does a lot more than we think or give Him credit for,” Horn said.

Former teammate Dontez Byrd called Horn a “true competitor, all the time hustling, first one on the field, last one off the field. [He] gives it all he’s got.”

Byrd also noticed Horn’s life. 

“He is a real living testimony. He is very humble — a trustworthy teammate,” Byrd said.

The experience of visiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House while he was in Memphis gave him a glimpse into a day in the life of a child with cancer and helps him be grateful even in disappointing times.

“It’s never easy in that respect,” Horn said. 

But an attitude of “being thankful for what you have, waking up and being healthy, knowing that someone is having it worse than you are” helps Horn stay focused and to persevere through “any situation.”

How to pray:

  • Pray Reece Horn will continue to share his testimony and be a gospel witness to his teammates, coaches and fans.
  • Pray Christian athletes in all sports will stand up and boldly proclaim their faith, sharing the love of Christ with all people. (TAB)