Case Keenum watched last season's college football championship game on television, transfixed.
Not by the Heisman Trophy skills of Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford. Not by the ruthlessness of Florida or the relentlessness of quarterback Tim Tebow.
Keenum kept dialing in on a small patch of real estate under Tebow's eyes. Underneath the right eye, scrawled in white against a black backdrop, was “John.” Underneath the left eye, scrawled in white against the same black backdrop, was “3:16.”
“They talked about him having a million hits on Google for John 3:16 after the game,” Keenum said. “I thought that was just the most amazing thing I'd ever seen in my life. If I can get just one somebody to ask me about it or one person to read a verse, go look it up, that's pretty cool.”
One piece of Keenum's preparations for the Houston Cougars' game against Tulsa tonight is to produce a fitting Bible verse to put on his eye black. Keenum was an avid churchgoer and member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes long before he became the UH quarterback. Since the start of the season, Keenum has used his eye black as a way to spread the word.
“It's a big part of his life, and it's something he's passionate about,” UH team chaplain Mikado Hinson said. “His deal is: Football is what I do; it's not who I am.”
For a complete list of the verses he has worn this season, and the stories behind each, click here.