Written by Memphis-born country songwriter Paul Craft, this tune envisions Jesus as a divine football player who can send the narrator soaring past the temptations in life with a heavenly drop kick. Not everyone was willing to accept Jesus in this rough-and-tumble role. Craft explained on his website: "When I wrote 'Dropkick Me Jesus' I figured everybody knew about songs like 'I'm Using My Bible For A Roadmap' and 'We Need A Lot More Jesus (And A Lot Less Rock And Roll)' and would appreciate what I had accomplished with my song. Well, my mother didn't, for one. She just KNEW there was something wrong with a song that had 'kick' and 'Jesus' that close together in the title. And she wasn't alone. But Elvis Costello and Bill Clinton understand it and like it."
This peaked at #17 on the US country chart and at #18 on Canada's country chart.