By Curtis Eichelberger

Step into the locker rooms and dwelling rooms of NFL avid gamers and their households to work out how a detailed dating with God courses football's greatest stars.

In a behind-the-scenes, off-the-field glimpse into certainly one of America's so much cherished activities, Men of Sunday finds how Sunday's maximum depend upon God to stand matters comparable to drug abuse, relatives quandary, accidents, and temptations because of popularity and fortune.

Compiled from dozens of interviews, Men of Sunday marks the intersection of 2 Sunday traditions: religion and soccer. encouraged by means of the league's "systemic shift" towards embracing Christianity, Bloomberg writer Curtis Eichelberger exhibits how God is a resource of convenience whilst dealing with the original demanding situations of lifestyles within the NFL and the standard demanding situations of preserving powerful households and development character.

Featured personalities include 

  • Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis
  • New York Jets operating again LaDainian Tomlinson
  • Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers
  • Former Chicago Bears heart linebacker Mike Singletary
  • Cincinnati Bengals trainer Marvin Lewis
  • Former Indianapolis Colts trainer Tony Dungy
  • San Diego Chargers pastor Shawn Mitchell
  • Danisha Rolle, spouse of former Tennessee and Baltimore protective again Samari Rolle
  • And many more

Men of Sunday is a must have for any soccer fan, instructing the helpful lesson of trusting within the Lord―both off and on the field.

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VINCENT: have you ever attached again along with your staff? participant: No. VINCENT: have you ever reached out to any of your coaches? participant: No. VINCENT: are you able to ship me your résumé? participant: What do you suggest? VINCENT: Résumés are a carrier we offer. The NFL’s engagement place of work reaches out to multiple thousand gamers every year, Vincent says. approximately 300 to 400 avid gamers depart the league each year and not go back. The engagement place of work will get a player’s identify as soon as he hasn’t been on an NFL roster an entire 12 months and he turns into eligible for severance pay. The league has a three-day profession transition application that gives providers reminiscent of supporting gamers establish their character qualities, supplying conversing experts, training one-on-one, making own checks of every participant, and reviewing their NFL merits. “You have men who've performed six, seven, 8, 9 years, they usually don’t have any concept the place their advantages are. They didn’t interact within the process,” Vincent says. “As athletes, you don’t watch out. It’s now not a concern. you're simply residing within the second. every thing is delivered to you and given to you. It’s a dream global, and those that transition good are those that stay grounded. We see that once the younger males interact as scholar athletes at school, by way of going to the occupation counseling middle, the scholar affairs place of work, whilst he has a dating with the alumni association—he brings these features to the NFL. So for him to get literature in his mail bin a few networking occasion, approximately assets, approximately on-line companies, then it’s no longer a international language to him. ” Vincent says religion is helping avid gamers take care of the tricky transition. “For me to assert due to religion they do higher, I can’t say that. i will be able to say the dialog now we have is varied. It’s now not desperation. he's even more receptive to confident feedback. He’s even more receptive and sufferer for the method relocating ahead; those are the issues we want you to do, and we will meet you midway. If that man isn't counting on religion, he's not taking a look past what he can see. religion isn't what you will find; religion is what you suspect. the opposite man is simply announcing, ‘I can’t devour the next day to come. i have to locate a few paintings. ’ “There are extra assets at the present time than at any time within the historical past of the sport. whilst athletes don't transition out and in good, [they have] made a wakeful option to do so,” Vincent states. requested why they don’t recognize they wish support and search it out, Vincent says, “Pride. take into account, if you happen to don’t stand on religion, what's the very first thing that destroys you? delight comes earlier than the autumn. that's the note of God. satisfaction is what retains us from going to get aid. ” eight GOD’S PLAN For God so enjoyed the area that he gave his one and merely Son, that whoever believes in him shall no longer perish yet have everlasting lifestyles. —John 3:16 there's a asserting that “God isn't past due . . . yet he's by no means early both. ” It implies that God has a plan for our earthly lives, yet that it'll play out on His agenda and never on ours. after all, this isn’t a lot support.

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