NFL running back Derrick Coleman received a very special letter from a young fan who admired the player because he was deaf. Riley Kovalcik wrote that she was inspired by Coleman and that they had something in common: they were both deaf, as was Riley's twin sister Erin. Coleman responded to the twins via Twitter and a personal letter, which has now gone viral.
"Dear (My Insperation) Derrick Coleman, I know how you feel. I also have hearing aids. Just try your best. I have faif [sic] in you Derrick good job on January 20th game. Go Seattle Seahawks! Here are things we have in comen [sic]. I where [sic] two hearing aids. I love sports. Other things are I'm an identical twin and my twin where's [sic] one hearing aid too!" Kovalcik wrote to Coleman.
The NFL player recently filmed a commercial for Duracell batteries, which is partially why Riley chose to write to Coleman. She really enjoyed the commercial and its message, which is that deaf people can do anything hearing people can do. She and her family were shocked when Coleman responded to her letter personally. more >>
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning doesn't publicly discuss his faith as frequently as some other Christian athletes, but he has said that he wants his actions to speak louder than his words.
Manning led his team to a Super Bowl berth by throwing for 400 yards and two touchdowns in last Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots, which the Broncos won by a score of 26-16. The four-time league MVP has been stellar throughout the season, setting NFL regular season records in both passing yards (5,477) and touchdowns (55).
But while many people focus primarily on Manning's performance on the field, the part of his life that he has said is most important – his Christian faith – is rarely discussed. more >>
A teen involved in a damaging parasailing accident in Florida last summer has spoken of her struggle to recovery in a recent interview, saying that her "strong belief in God" is the main motivator that helped her through her recovery.
In July 2013, 17-year-olds Sidney Good and Alexis Fairchild, both of Indiana, were tandem parasailing in Panama City, Fla., when the line pulling them from a boat broke loose. YouTube footage shows the two girls free-flying in the parasail apparatus, eventually slamming into the side of a building before dropping into a power line and landing on a parked car below. The company behind the parasailing service blamed the accident on extremely high winds caused by an afternoon storm.
Good sustained severe brain trauma, spinal injuries and a broken neck, and Fairchild also sustained severe back injuries and head trauma. While Fairchild was released from the Bay Medical Center in Panama City in July, Good still continues her struggle for rehabilitation, and doctors have reportedly told the teen not to expect a full recovery, as she continues to struggle with vision problems. more >>
NBC Football Night in America commentator and former NFL coach Tony Dungy said he wasn't as concerned about Seattle Seahawks Richard Sherman's controversial on-field interview after the playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers as he was about the defensive back's actions immediately following his victory-saving play. Dungy, a leader in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, released a video (below) of his thoughts about the controversy on his blog on the All Pro Dad website Wednesday.
"I wasn't focused in as much on his interview as I was on what happened directly after the interception on the last play," Dungy said. "He went and really approached Michael Crabtree, appeared to be mocking him a little bit, Crabtree pushed him a little bit, and they get into a little confrontation.
"To me, that was not the time for that. I would rather have seen Richard Sherman go back to the sidelines, celebrate with your teammates, you are on your way to the Super Bowl, don't harass another player," he said. more >>
Tom Brady recently admitted that he "couldn't care less" about the upcoming Super Bowl, according to reports on Wednesday.
The quarterback for the New England Patriots may feel bitter about this year's Super Bowl XL VII since his team took a hard loss last Sunday, Jan. 19.
With the 2014 Super Bowl right around the corner and the Seattle Seahawks on a remarkable playoff run, Pastor Mark Driscoll sat down with players and staff from the team. The players deliver an amazing testimony talking about their faith in Jesus Christ and how it intersects with life on and off the football field.
Russell Okung, Chris Maragos, coach Rocky Seto, and Russell Wilson answered the question: "Who is Jesus?"
When coach Seto is asked about Jesus, he testifies clearly, "Jesus is better than the Super Bowl." more >>