1. Aaron Rodgers (Quarterback - Green Bay Packers)
- "I've always lived by the philosophy of the words spoken by St. Francis of Assisi who said, 'Preach the gospel at all times, if necessary, use words.' I feel like you can always have a greater impact by the things you do than the things you say, so living out my faith has been primarily in that form,'' Rodgers said in Men of Sunday.
Fresno State University quarterback and Heisman trophy hopeful, Derek Carr, has earned the recognition for the collegiate football award based on his merits on and off the field, which he credits his Pentecostal faith upbringing for.
Carr is one of 16 players from among all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) divisions and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to be nominated for the award that is considered to be the most sought-after accolade in American collegiate athletics.
His grandparents, who are Pentecostal pastors, are among the great influences in his life who he says taught him to walk in his faith along with his parents. Prior to becoming a known athlete, Carr admits he drifted from his grandparents' teachings before realizing that his life was incomplete. more >>
A Georgian Sunday school teacher and two team members drove from New York City to Los Angeles in 28 hours and 50 minutes, shattering a previous record by more than two hours.
Ed Bolian, a sales director for Lamborghini of Atlanta, successfully recruited two friends, Dan Black and Dave Huang, to make the cross-country trip with him, which involved spending more than a full day in the car, ignoring speed limits and ensuring the vehicle maintained a speedy pace the entire drive, Jalopnik reported earlier this week.
Bolian chose a 2004 Mercedes-Benz CL55 AMG for the trip because of the volume of gas that the car could hold - although it reportedly drenched the entire car in its overwhelming smell. The car had another advantage of accomodating two gasoline pumps, enabling the team to shave off time while filling its three gas tanks on their occasional pit stops. more >>
Joao Rodrigo Silva Santos, a former Brazilian soccer player, was beheaded Tuesday. His wife, Geisa Silva, found the decapitated head of her husband in a rucksack on her doorstep early that morning after reporting his disappearance the night before.
Joao Rodrigo Silva Santos had retired from soccer and owned a health food store. The 35-year-old entrepreneur was closing up his shop Monday night when he was kidnapped by a group of men, according to the Daily Mail.
His 31-year-old wife reported him missing later on that around 9 p.m. When Silva Santos didn't return, Geisa Silva stayed up all night waiting for him until about 4:30 a.m., when she heard something outside. more >>
Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin will not be a member of the team's starting five when the season opens tonight against the Charlotte Bobcats.
Patrick Beverly, who played consistently during the Rockets' preseason games, has been given the opportunity instead.
While 2013 is not the first time in the 80-year Washington Redskins history that the team has encountered criticism for their nickname, its critics may be the most prominant and loudest yet. In the past six months President Barack Obama, sports commentator Bob Costas, and 10 members of Congress have called on the team to reject its nickname, arguing that it racially slurs Native Americans. Slate and The New Republic have said they will no longer refer to the team as the "Redskins" and the Oneida Indian Nation has released radio ads criticizing the name — though some stations have banned the commercials.
Donnie Begay, who is Navajo and works with Native American college students with Nations, Cru's Native American focused campus ministry program, believes that Christians ought to join the chorus calling on the Redskins to change their name.
"I think Christians should be concerned because it's how we love others and how we treat others, not just in what we do, but in what we say," Begay told The Christian Post. "I think Christians could be at the forefront of righting some of the wrongs. Everything I've read, even the secular people, say it's the right thing to do." more >>