BROCTON - Many consider former Buffalo Bill Steve Tasker the greatest special teams player in National Football League history.
On Thursday, Tasker was at Harvest Chapel West in Brocton, not to speak of his fine NFL career, but to speak about the five languages of love based on a best selling book by Gary Chapman. Tasker and his wife, Sarah, have given the presentation to dating couples, teachers and workers.
"It's a message that is highly important in our life," Tasker said, speaking for himself and his wife. "We want to share it with people. It's our responsibility as Christians to do that - particularly when we are asked and be genuine about it. God has been there for us. He has saved us from ourselves a number of times."
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Steve Tasker and his wife Sarah speak at Harvest Chapel West on Thursday.
The Taskers began their presentation with a back and forth banter on how completely opposite they are from each other. Sarah said when she leaves a hotel, she likes to clean it up and make things easy for the maids. Steve replied, "I like to party like a rock star."
Sarah then said she loves to sleep with the windows open. Steve responded by saying they have a heater and an air conditioner in the bedroom and they should put the machines to use.
They then moved on to tactics which make relationships and marriage work.
"We are here to give a presentation on the five languages of love and give encouragement in their marriage and walk with God," Steve said before the presentation. "We want to show people how they can do things better and different things to think about. We also want to help them to cultivate a relationship with God and how they will benefit in their relationship."
Scheduling Tasker for the presentation was no easy task as he is preparing for the NFL season as an analyst for CBS. Harvest Chapel West Pastor Chris Schimel is working to bring a contemporary and modern theme to the church and knew bringing in someone of Tasker's credibility would help the church grow.
"We have a girl in our church who knows the Taskers," he said. "She went to the same church as the Taskers did in East Aurora. We were talking about things we could do here. She asked what we thought about bringing in Steve Tasker. I said, 'That would be great.' We connected and they said they would love to come. We timed this just so we could have him before things get crazy for him. They were delighted to come."
Everyone who attended received an autographed photo of Tasker and a drawing was held for signed memorabilia.
Tasker became a Christian in 1978 and says he uses his fame from football as a way to spread the word of God.
"For me and most (Christians), it's a roller coaster," he said of following the Bible. "Some days you're really, really good and there are times you're really, really bad. I am closer to him now and it's a better place to be."