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Saturday, February 2, 2008

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Hello! Only one more day til the Super Bowl! Staying with that topic, here's a list that I've compiled of players and coaches on the Giants and Patriots that are Christians. I've compiled this list from articles and things from BP Sports ( and Sports Spectrum ( I don't know if this is a complete list, and I definitely hope that it isn't and that there are actually more Christians on each team. Here's the Christians that I do know of on the Patriots: Ben Watson (tight end), Rosevelt Colvin (linebacker), Chris Hanson (punter), Kyle Brady (tight end), Heath Evans (fullback), Richard Seymour (defensive lineman), Junior Seau (linebacker), Kevin Faulk (runningback), Mike Woicik (strength and conditioning coach), Don Davis (assistant strength and conditioning coach and team chaplain), Dean Pees (defensive coordinator), and Josh McDaniels (offensive coordinator). The Christians that I know of on the Giants are Tank Daniels (linebacker), David Tyree (wide receiver), Reggie Torber (linebacker), Steve Spagnuolo (defensive coordinator), Jerry Palmieri (strength and conditioning coach), and Dave Merritt (secondary coach). I will include more on most of these players and coaches in this and the next posts.

Also, when double-checking the spelling of Rosevelt Colvin's name I happened upon his personal website:

Here's an interesting article about Colts head coach Tony Dungy, a Christian, and his decision to come back and coach the Colts this year while his family is living in Florida. The article talks to some Christian family experts and some people who have lived away from their family for work or their spouse did. Here's the article:

Next, an article about new Braves pitcher Tom Glavine, and how he put his terrible start for the Mets in the final game of last season into perspective. The loss lost the division for the Mets, and the media and Mets fans were upset with Glavine because he didn't seem upset enough about it. When asked if he was devastated, he said no, just disappointed, which wasn't enough for them. He later said that it was one of the worst moments of his career, but that there are worse things in life than playing poorly in baseball. He compared it to a friend of his 11-year-old son who is losing his leg from cancer. I thought that this was a great article about how sometimes fans and the media think that a bad performance in sports is the end of the world, when really there are a lot worse things in the world. Here's the article:
Also, a good article about new Baylor head football coach Art Briles, a Christian, and how losing his parents in a car accident while he was in college has effected the rest of his life: (originally found at:

Here's a Christian article about Patriots tight end Ben Watson and the importance of faith and family in his life. Here's a good quote from him:

Watson's career is approaching its zenith, yet as he has established himself as a respected member of the Patriots, he simultaneously has answered the call of his faith. Last week, while his teammates enjoyed a three-day hiatus from football, Watson formally kicked off his "One More" Foundation, created to promote educational and enrichment opportunities through charitable programs.

"So much of football relates to Christian life - sacrifice, commitment, discipline," said Watson. "I know God has a plan for me. I don't know what it is. After football? Who knows? My grandmother and my father always said I would end up as a missionary. Well, I feel like I am one now."

Here's the article:

Next, an article about former Braves outfielder and Falcons safety Brian Jordan's daughter Briana, who is a star basketball player at Greater Atlanta Christian School in Atlanta. I don't know anything about their faith other than the fact she's going to the Christian school, but I thought that I would include this anyway:

Here's an article about how Christianity at least seems to have had an effect on the new NFL Personal Conduct Policy that was put in place last year, although the NFL would never admit it. Also, the article tells about several Christian events being held in the Phoenix area in conjunction with the Super Bowl:

Also, an article about Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker, and his unlikely rise to being an important player on the Patriots because of his lack of size. Again, I don't know anything about his faith, but here's a great quote from his mom Shelley:

... They pray for him a few blocks up the road, in the Welker home, that he'll be safe among 300-pounders and 6-foot-3 burners who belong in the league.

Here, they always believed Wes belonged, too.

"It was all part of God's plan, and we know that," Shelley says. "It worked out just like it was supposed to."

Here's the article:

Here's an article about Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon receiving an award because of his work with an organization that helps soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan:

Next, an article about Phillies shortstop and reigning NL MVP Jimmy Rollins, a Christian, being named the Most Outstanding Pro Athlete by the Philadelphia SportsWriters Association:

Here's an article about Broncos Pro-Bowl safety John Lynch, a Christian, considering retirement:

Also, an article about Giants wide receiver Dominek Hixon, who was hit by Bills tight end Kevin Everett early this season and causing Everett to sustain a severe neck injury. It was originally thought that Hixon would be paralyzed, if he survived. However, with the help of cutting-edge technology Everett is walking again. Although the injury wasn't Hixon's fault and there was nothing that he could have done to have prevented it, he still felt guilty. Hixon was playing for the Broncos then, but later this season was released an signed by the Giants. The two didn't know each other before the incident, but have since gotten together and became friends. Here's a quote about the hit:

As Hixon ran with the football, a powerful force crashed into him, a hit like he had never felt before.

"It was probably the hardest hit I ever had to take," Hixon said Tuesday during the Giants' Media Day activities here for Super Bowl XLII.

Hixon said he was dazed. But then he saw Everett down. And he didn't see him get up. When the ambulance came to take Everett away, Hixon prayed. He knew it was bad.

Here's the article:

Lastly, for now, an article about Dodgers pitcher Derek Lowe speaking to kids about skin cancer and the importance of sun screen, after he had a cancerous tumor removed from his nose five years ago:

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