For those who have been reading these articles for quite some time, you’ll know I’m not a big football fan. I’m more of a basketball fan, myself. And with the recent protests by NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem and NFL Commissioner’s Roger Goodell being a massive hypocrite allowing these protesters to protest but not allowing a veteran’s group to air an ad during the Super Bowl urging people to stand, I have little reason to like the NFL.
However, one team in particular has caught my attention and admiration. That team is the Super Bowl LII champions Philadelphia Eagles. But it’s not the fact that they beat the juggernaut that is the Patriots that’s gotten me to like them. It’s not that they played some fantastic football (that I would’ve missed had it not been because no one took a knee during the anthem).
No, my attention and admiration came after the game ended and the Eagles secured their victory.
While Eagles’ fans celebrated their big win by literally tearing apart their city, Eagles’ Head Coach Doug Pederson took stage during the post-game celebration where he said he gives thanks to “my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Eagles QB Nick Foles also gave thanks by giving “glory to God.” And, according to the Daily Wire, they weren’t the only ones as a number of Eagles players such as Tight End Zach Ertz also gave glory to the Lord.
According to the Daily Wire: “This unapologetic display of Christianity is nothing new. The team has been outspoken about its faith convictions all year. Carson Wentz said that Christ was the ‘binding force’ in the locker room, keeping the men together and helping them to be an effective and cohesive unit on the field. Other players, like Wide Receiver Torrey Smith, have also spoken powerfully about their spiritual beliefs.”
In a league dominated by self-serving morons such as Colin Kaepernick, Michael Bennett and Marshawn Lynch (who I used to like when I was living in Oregon and was a Seahawks fan), it’s humbling to see these people give thanks to the only being in existence who could make it possible for them: God.
While most players would thank their teammates (something everyone should do in a team sport, but not the only people they should thank), these guys chose to humble themselves before the Lord and praise His name before a live audience.
And despite the fact that three Eagles players will not be going to the White House to meet Trump, one of them being Torrey Smith, it really doesn’t matter to me. I would hope they'd like Trump, but it's more important that they love Christ. (Of course, I don’t know if the other two are Christian. One of them doesn’t seem to be since his reason for boycotting is simply that he hates Trump while the other two didn’t express any hatred of Trump.)
According to the Daily Wire, Safety Malcolm Jenkins told CNN: “My message has been clear all year. I’m about, you know, creating positive change in the communities that I come from, whether it be Philadelphia, New Jersey, Ohio, Louisiana or this entire country. I want to see changes in our criminal justice system (considering the memo and the Deep State corruption, I'd rather it be put into effect, rather than be changed). I want to see us push for… [economic] and educational advancement in communities of color and low-income communities. And I want to see our relationships between our communities and our law enforcement be advanced.”
Ironically, that sounds to me like Jenkins wants to Make America Great Again. Almost all of these things are positive in their own right and Trump is trying to do that for everyone in the country.
Torrey Smith took a different approach by defending the anthem protests, saying they’re not actually anthem protests, just “a protest during the anthem.” I won’t get into this largely because I appreciate him being a Christian and also because I could go on and on about this subject, so I’ll cut it short.
My point is that, despite these three choosing not to go to the White House to meet with the President, I still appreciate the team’s outspoken faith.
I don’t care if Smith doesn’t like Trump (what he said didn’t exactly indicate that he doesn’t like him). What matters is that he loves Christ. What matters is that he loves God. Everything else is secondary.
And the Eagles are aware of that. Frankly, if I could, I’d be more inclined to watch more Eagles games due to this. Due to the protests, I wasn’t inclined to like any of the NFL’s teams. Not even my Seahawks and Dolphins. I was more inclined to disliking the 49ers, even without Kaepernick. Inclined to dislike the Raiders due to Lynch. And even inclined to stop being a fan of the Seahawks thanks to Michael Bennett.
I’m inclined to heavily disliking the Steelers due to that whole Alejandro Villanueva incident in which he decided to leave the locker room, stand for the anthem and was forced to apologize for it.
I’m also inclined to dislike the Patriots because of the deflate-gate scandal (that I still think robbed my Seahawks of a title) and because Elizabeth Warren is a Patriots fan. No surprise, really, given that Warren seemingly supports cheaters.
But now, I’m inclined to like the Eagles, at least the ones who profess their faith unapologetically.
Even in a league dominated by hatred, the Light of the Lord shines brightly when these players offer thanks to Him.
“Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”
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