An Exciting Super Bowl! A New Standard?

What the heck is going on?? It was not that long ago that Tim Tebow was mocked for taking a knee on the sidelines. Very often we see the obligatory pounding of the chest and pointing to the sky when a player makes a touchdown. I do believe that Super Bowl 52 set a new standard for faith being expressed in sports.

As the Philadelphia Eagles pulled off an upset over the reigning champs, the New England Patriots, there was dancing in the streets in the city of brotherly love. In Beantown there was some worry that this might be the beginning of the end for the NFL’s greatest dynasty. The Internet was abuzz with memes both celebrating Philadelphia’s win and mocking New England’s defeat.

As the NFL nation cheered or jeered, the newly crowned champions of the National Football League took a knee inside the locker room and recited the Lord’s Prayer! For the better part of the season networks focused on players taking a knee in protest, yet not one network, that I’m aware of, had the guts to display the jubilant Eagle squad in prayer.

Another example may have been missed by many since it occurred briefly near the end of the broadcast. Coach Dungy shared a conversation he had with Super Bowl MVP, Eagle quarterback Nick Foles, where Foles told Dungy, “I feel like God has me here for such a time as this.” The conversation was reiterated on a Tweet from Coach Dungy last night, “Congratulations to the Eagles. Nick Foles told me last week that he felt the Lord had him in Philadelphia for a special moment and he played like it tonight”.

Congratulations to the Eagles. Nick Foles told me last week that he felt the Lord had him in Philadelphia for a special moment and he played like it tonight.