Recently, the LFSN Game On staff had a chance to visit with former Flames' football standout Steve Kearns, who now works with Athletes in Action in Toronto.
Kearns was a four-year member of Liberty's football team, helping to develop the young program from 1976 to 1979. The tight end led the Flames in receiving in 1978 (23 receptions, 537 yards, seven TDs) and 1979 (19 receptions, 347 yards).
The native of Ontario, Canada, was named a Churchmen's second team All-American in 1978. During his senior campaign, Liberty finished the year with a 9-1-1 record and was ranked No. 18 in the final NAIA national poll.
Following his career at Liberty, Kearns became the first player in program history to be selected in a professional draft when he was taken in the fourth round of 1980 Canadian Football League (CFL) draft by the BC Lions. He played six seasons in the CFL for the BC Lions (1980-81) and Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1982-85).
Retirement from playing on the field has not kept Kearns away from the game. Kearns and his wife, Georgie, who he met while attending then Lynchburg Baptist College, now serve with Athletes in Action.
Kearns is the team chaplain for the NBA's Toronto Raptors, CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats and MLS's Toronto FC, while his wife, Georgie has a ministry with the players' wives.
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