Submitted by Peter Horne
This coming Sunday the NFL is encouraging its players to wear custom cleats that reflect their commitment to charitable causes. In this league promotional video Brandon Marshall works creatively to give each element of his cleats’ design significant meaning. He wants to raise awareness of mental illness and the design elements steer people’s thoughts in that direction.
The NFL "My Cause, My Cleats" page contains pictures of many different cleat designs and the explains the causes they support. This excellent initiative allows players to express their individuality while benefitting others with significant needs. Each cleat contains a story begging to be told: a family member’s illness, a loved one’s death, a friend’s struggle, a personal hurt….
Over 2000 years the Christian faith has collected many symbols and stories. Some of the symbols are works of art, songs, or rituals, others are artifacts, historical relics. Some are clearly fictional or fraudulent, others move people deeply.Read more
Pita Horne is a regular contributor to Spirituality in Sports. See his blog at God Meets Ball.
Each summer NFL teams start training camp with 90 players on their roster. In 2016, the magic date for reducing the roster to 53 was September 3.
It sounds so matter of fact, "reduce the roster". In reality many of those players cut will never play in an NFL game as their dreams of professional football evaporate. At the other end of the spectrum, veteran players hoping to get another year or two out of their aging body also find themselves confronting disappointment and frustration as they look for work or wait for other players to get injured throughout the year.
The harsh reality is no player can continue to take the punishment of the NFL forever.
This season, one of the biggest stories has been of the Dallas Cowboys’ backfield. It was bad enough news when the team lost NFL veteran and 1,000 yard Darren McFadden to a broken elbow in the offseason, but then their All Pro quarterback, Tony Romo, was sidelined with another back injury in a preseason contest against Seattle.Read more
Pita Horne is a regular contributor to Spirituality in Sports. He has his own blog that he has operated for several years; check it out at God Meets Ball.
Unless you've been living in a cave, you might have heard that the Chicago Cubs won the MLB World Series this year. This was their first championship in 108 years.
Whenever something historically significant like this occurs numerous stories will be told to demonstrate how improbable the victory was. We'll hear tales of struggles overcome. And players will establish themselves as heroes in the furnace of the moment as the world watches.
This year, the Cubs' player who shined brightest in the World Series spotlight was veteran outfielder, Ben Zobrist. In his first year as a Cub, after winning a World Series ring with Kansas City last year, Zobrist hit for a .357 average and .919 OPS in seven World Series games. This was enough to win him the series MVP.Read more