Football is a great sport that brings friends and families together and teaches kids discipline and sportsmanship. We put our politics, problems, and pride aside to don face paint and jerseys, and spend four quarters living vicariously through our favorite players. This national obsession has made football the most prosperous sport in the country, raking in nearly 10 billion dollars a year.
It is partly for that reason that the recent NFL scandals have struck a chord among the American people. In some ways, we are part of the NFL family.
Sometimes the endless news cycle makes it seem as though professional athletes are disproportionately engaging in bad, even unlawful, behavior. However, according to a breakdown of USA Today NFL player arrests, that is not the case. Most players in the NFL are very disciplined; they put their bodies through extreme training regimens, are focused and dedicated, and often abstain from substances or practices that may harm their athletic performance. Many make a positive difference through charity work such as "NFL Gives Back." Players like RG3 are great role models for our boys. (Thank you, by the way.) more >>
Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, spoke for the first time in over a week about the domestic violence issues in the NFL that have made major headlines recently.
Goodell, 55, admitted that he was wrong when handling the domestic dispute that went public recently when a video surfaced of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking his now wife unconscious went viral.
"I let myself down. I let everyone down. For that I'm sorry," Goodell admitted during a press conference in New York Friday. more >>
Serge Ibaka turned 25 recently and made sure to publicly revere God while doing so.
Ibaka, the Oklahoma City Thunder big man, took to Twitter on Sept. 18 to acknowledge God on his 25th birthday.
"I woke up early today on my Birthday feeling blessed #thankGOD," Ibaka wrote on both Twitter and Instagram. more >>
Adrian Peterson's mother and former coach have spoken out about the NFL star's upbringing and use of corporal punishment, which they say helped, not hurt, him while he was being raised.
Bonita Jackson, Peterson's mother, broke her silence after her son was indefinitely suspended from the Minnesota Vikings. He has been charged with child abuse against his four-year-old son, whom he admittedly used a switch on as punishment. The boy was left with bruises and cuts, but Peterson has said that he never meant to hurt his son.
He is "trying hard to be a good parent," Jackson told the press. She added that she and Peterson's father, Nelson, were "big disciplinarians," who used belts and switches, as well as their hands, to spank all six of their children. "When you whip those you love, it's not abuse, but love." more >>
Although Peyton Manning goes through a long football season and dedicates a lot of his time to the sport he loves, he knows that there is something that means a lot more. The Lord is his number one priority and admits he has a very close relationship with God.
Many NFL players such as Time Tebow, Russell Wilson, and Ray Lewis have shown their faith on the field by praying, kneeling down, or even wearing t-shirts. Others, like Peyton, simply have a close relationship with him and may not always show it on the field. Either way, it means a lot and is a major part of these players lives.
This is a very quick and important message from Peyton Manning that will have you saying "Amen!" throughout. more >>
Any sports fan knows that this is Derek Jeter's last year playing baseball. One of the most popular players in all of baseball and all of sports is saying farewell to the game he loves.
Many brands have endorsed him and they probably all have different ways lined up to create a commercial and say farewell. But, this one is going to be hard to top. If you are a New York Yankees fan then this commercial will definitely touch your heart, and bring tears to your eyes.
Watch this farewell video below: more >>