With Abilene Christian’s Wildcats, speedy Atlanta wide receiver learned ‘more of what it is God designed him to be.’

By Bobby Ross Jr. and Chellie Ison | The Christian Chronicle

With God, all things are possible.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver “Turbo” Taylor Gabriel — who will play in Sunday’s Super Bowl against the New England Patriots — has no doubt about that.

Case in point: Himself.

“From a little school in West Texas to the big stage,” he said on Twitter. “Thank you, Lord, for your favor.”

That little school in West Texas? It’s Abilene Christian University, where Gabriel played four seasons from 2010 to 2013.

“I think this place was the perfect place for him because of what we were doing here,” said former ACU head coach Ken Collums, who was fired in November after going 24-32 in five seasons with the Wildcats. “He learned here more of what it is God designed him to be as a man.”

Undrafted out of ACU, the 5-foot-8, 170-pound Gabriel is “easy to overlook,” as NFL.com describes him.

But football writer Chris Wesseling says the smallest player in Sunday’s game won’t sneak up on the Patriots.

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This story appears in the online edition of The Christian Chronicle.