How One NFL Wife Stewards the Platform


How One NFL Wife Stewards the Platform

Serah Maragos reflects on being a Christian family in the NFL

Serah Maragos

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Serah Maragos is the wife of Philadelphia Eagles safety and special teams ace, Chris Maragos. Since his rookie season in 2010, Chris and Serah have lived in three cities on both coasts, welcomed two sons into the world, and involved themselves in multiple ministries. Like all NFL families, they’ve had both highs and lows as they’ve attempted to navigate life in the league. We asked her, “How do you steward the platform that comes with being an NFL family? How do you negotiate both the privileges and the challenges that come with being a family on that constantly changing stage?”

This is a great topic that really resonates with my heart. I feel like it may not be asked enough to athletes and their families. It seems that so often many people want to hear about the lifestyle, the moves, the different cities, the stadiums, but never seem to ask what is it like to steward the great yet weighty gift that comes with any type of platform.


How do you steward the platform that comes with being an NFL family? How do you negotiate both the privileges and the challenges that come with being a family on that constantly changing stage?


Each time we’ve changed teams and moved, we’ve seen how the Lord orchestrated pieces and people to put Chris right where He wanted our family to be. In every city and every team, the Lord has shown us clearly why we were there.

We were only in San Francisco for a short time but while we were there we got involved in a ministry that helped get men and women off the streets and disciple them in the ways of Jesus. It was a special time for Chris and I because we were able to serve in a way that we had never been able to before. Chris would go and do workouts with the men and I would go care and love on the babies as their mothers were attending school.

When we moved to Seattle, God surrounded us with an incredible community of believers. Our church there became our family and we really felt that it was a season of life that the Lord used to fill our hearts up. We learned what it looked like to live in community and how to serve each other. We truly believe that those years we spent in Seattle were to refresh our hearts to be able to go out on mission to the next city we were sent to. What we learned from Seattle carried us to Philadelphia.


What a privilege: that the Lord chose us to be apart of His kingdom work in an arena that is currently highly favored by the world. What comes along with the platform is understanding the gifts the Lord has entrusted to us and then making sure we use them. It has been a process to learn what our gifts are and how to apply them.

I have a gift of compassion and brokenness for people who are hurting. Chris has been gifted in speaking and using his story to elevate Jesus. We have been able to use our gifting hand-in-hand and put them to work in the cities we have lived in. We have not always done everything perfect and have received a lot of grace but we have always looked as this platform as a precious gift, not to be wasted.

A lesson we learned from interacting with others was to serve wherever your heart breaks. If you have been given a heart for something specific then it is probably quite possible that is a gift from the Lord.

I have always had a heart for the unborn. Throughout my life the Lord has made it very clear that I should be apart of the pro-life movement. In Philadelphia, I have had the great privilege to be apart of Alpha Care Pregnancy Center and also bringing a Save the Storks bus to Philly. If that is the only reason I was sent to Philly, then they would be years well spent.


As for challenges, together as a family we have walked this journey through plenty of trying times and we have been grateful for what we have learned. Everyone from the outside looking in can tend to think that this ride is a breeze and there is no hardship that comes along with it, but there is quite a lot of uncertainty for families in the NFL.

Chris’ first year in the NFL, he was cut two times. We had our first miscarriage while he was playing in London. We were freshly married, living across the country from family and just trying to figure out how we were to steward this gift yet make it through the trials together.

Chris’ second year of the NFL, he missed the birth of our first son, Micah. Then I moved across the country with Micah being two weeks old to a state we had never been to before. Having my first born, with no family, living in a foreign place and trying to support my husband was a time where I really need to press into Jesus. Because quite frankly for us wives it can be very lonely. We are just trying to be faithful and supportive yet trying to find our role in it all too.

At times the world is looking to you to be incredibly joyful with having the great gift of playing in the League, but not necessarily seeing how hard it can be at times. For those of us that are wives and mothers, we are just trying our very best to keep our family together, when it seems our world is ever-changing and moving.


One of the greatest lessons I have learned throughout the years is the importance of having a church home. As I shared before, when we got to Seattle we got involved in a church right away. We started going to a community group that changed our lives. We made friends who became family and they became the support to us and our family as we were on this journey—good times and bad.

They satisfied a huge need—accountability and prayer. It is crucial to have other believers around you being able to help and pray for you in times of vulnerability. If you try to walk this road alone, it becomes lonely and unhealthy.

We are so grateful for the path the Lord paved for us. There has been many highs and lows but all along the way, the Lord has never left our side. We are constantly praying that God has us exactly where He wants us to be. We would rather be out of our comfort zone and in the Lord’s will, then be comfortable and stagnant. We pray that we always use the platform of football for the glory of the Lord and no one else.

See several other pieces from Serah at The Increase Women.

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