“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
-1 Corinthians 15:58
One of the faces of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Reporter Casey Phillips has always loved sports. As she grew up looking for ways to combine her skills with her passion, she spent time working on a career in the industry. Soon after graduating from the University of Missouri in 2011, Casey Phillips compiled a resume that included working for news stations along with teams like the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Wizards, and St. Louis Rams. Today, she is the reporter for the Super Bowl bound Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and says it is her faith that has guided her to where she is today.
Growing up, Phillips says faith was always a part of her family. But as she grew older, it became more significant in her life. “While I grew up in church and was always very involved there, I don’t think I really understood the fullness of the gospel until I was around 15. But from that point until now it has been the most important thing in my life. I can’t imagine how I would have been able to move all over the country and take on massive new job opportunities and continually start over in new places without the continuity of God’s love and support and guidance.” Those jobs for Phillips have led her all throughout the country and have given her the opportunity to take in new experiences and events.
As Phillips has now become well acquainted with Tampa Bay and is one of the most beloved faces of the franchise there, and she says she relies on her faith constantly to keep her grounded. “My faith has influenced everything about my career, from which jobs I decided to take to how I do my job every single day. I try to remember I am representing Christ in every situation and do my job in a way that is loving God and loving people. When I was faced with a choice in different jobs or how to cover certain stories, I would ask myself ‘is this going to help me glorify and serve God better?’” That thought process has allowed Philips to thrive in her role and become an inspiring figure for so many. And although NFL games take place Sundays, Phillips says she works to engrain her faith into her everyday life. “I don’t get to go to church almost half of the year due to the football schedule and have been on the road a lot over the course of my career. So I had to take personal ownership over my faith growth. But it has also given me the opportunity to minister to a lot of different people which I cherish.”
As Phillips has continued to grow in her role as a reporter, she says she has also been reminded to take advantage of each situation and love others every chance you get. That mentality has been put into place by a verse that Phillips holds close, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, which says, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Phillips says this verse has reminded her of what is most important and what our role is daily as followers of Jesus. “I just love how simple this verse makes it. We can get caught up in thinking God’s will is only in moments like what job will I take or what city will I live in or what school will I go to or who will I marry. But when you realize his will for you is to love God and love people, pray, and give thanks for all the blessings in your life, you can do that in any place in any situation. It takes the pressure off the ‘big decisions’ and reminds us to be disciples in the little ones.”
As the Buccaneers gear themselves for the biggest game of the year as they will be the first team to play the Super Bowl in their home stadium, Casey Phillips is continuing to stay focused on her faith. She advocates continually for trusting that Jesus has a plan, regardless of wins and losses, and aspires to evoke change and continue to inspire countless individuals throughout her career.