Taking a knee: Professional football and its mysterious postgame prayer

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  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    Aug. 29, 2014 10:12 a.m.

    I often wonder about the many who feel threatened but such things. If a lunatic were to run wild around field after a game spouting off all sorts of gibberish - you wouldn't find nearly the contentious reactions to it as you do with a group of guys kneeling down - across team lines after a serious game.

    Imagine the effect it might have if the opposing sides of a battle or war could kneel down together prior to commencing. I know, completely ludicrous, but imagine how many issues could be solved before the bloodshed.

    Atheists and even some 'believers' might object for what ever reason, but if such a practice curtailed the violence that sometimes results after a tense game, wouldn't it be worth it?

  • CA. reader Rocklin, CA
    Aug. 28, 2014 7:17 p.m.

    I seem to recall something about this in the Constitution. I believe it's in the very First Amendment guaranteeing us freedom of religion. That should be all the NFL owners need to remember. This should be very much a non-issue.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    Aug. 28, 2014 1:17 p.m.

    I like seeing it. Notice that players from both teams, shortly after one of them has lost, kneel down in prayer together. That is not an easy thing to do after having just lost a game. A lot of emotion still present. Shows a lot of faith in players who can do that with their opponents. Great example of the best kind of sportsmanship. I hope the youth notice it too. A much better example than some Seahawk cornerback ranting into Erin Andrews microphone after having won against the 49ers on the last play.

  • Fred T PHOENIX, AZ
    Aug. 28, 2014 3:32 a.m.

    Praying together after the game was something I saw first hand at the college level in the mid 70's. If I remember correctly it was started by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

    Some of the players from that era eventually became coaches and I've watched old teammates, now coaching in the PAC, kneel at midfield after a game with players from both teams and pray with them.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 27, 2014 11:06 p.m.

    The players know it. God is big into football. He's always got a cashflow problem, as we all know, and he covers a lot of it at caesars in Vegas, mostly on football bets. I saw him there, in the back row of the sports book. He won't share his tips. I think he has inside information.