Football coaches find extra strength in Christian faith

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  • never break .500 Los Angeles, CA
    Aug. 30, 2014 6:07 p.m.

    Yeh, because everyone knows that BYU is the chosen school and will prevail in all things in the fullness of time. All of them that draw near to me with their lips but their hearts are far from me, will be spat out of the kingdom and consigned to play and lose in other conferences…..feeling "puffed up" with pride for another conference team's success, but really toiling in irrelevance. Football is like unto life and must be lived accordingly. Amen.

  • BCA Murrieta, CA
    Aug. 27, 2014 3:43 p.m.

    I don't understand the naysayers. Austin Collie, years ago, taught us all the god helps the football teams that "live right".

  • neece Logan, UT
    Aug. 27, 2014 11:09 a.m.

    I think everyone is missing the point. It is because of their belief's they are better men, husbands, fathers, mentors. They don't' force anyone to do anything religious. They have the opportunities to do so but is not required of all. I feel that anyone who follows God's principles cam be that type of person. Honesty, Integrity, Stalwart etc. Not that you can't without religion, But of course that is only my opinion. And football can be mirrored with life... you have enemies, struggles, things that knock you down and teach you to get up and fight harder. And Teamwork just as in a family setting. Stop looking at it as only a religios thing!

    Aug. 26, 2014 1:11 p.m.

    Football isn't life, but its a slice of everything that IS life. Hard work, teamwork, sacrifice, sweat, and tears. Big Highs and failures, overcoming obstacles. I have had some great leaders in football, that taught me great lessons of life, and morals,(can be religious) through the medium of the sport. Yup, its a great and fun sport. Great leaders and coaches by just being themselves will instill those values into the impressionable youth, and young men of today. Also Our team was tied to a Cancer Charity for being a good team, helped others find out more about the charity, and thus the charity got awareness. And kids benefited. So ya, its how BYU or Notre Dame can be an influence through their football programs. For good and positive things in this crazy world... Its a freaking positive story for a newspaper..........don't over react Riley...the coaches discussed in these articles are not a menace to society.

  • Bob A. Bohey Marlborough, MA
    Aug. 23, 2014 7:49 a.m.

    I really don't understand the negative comments. If someone belives that their faith makes them better at what they do so be it. Faith is a very personal matter. As long as a person isn't forcing their religion on others I see no issue. Live and live.

  • Well.... Phoenix, AZ
    Aug. 23, 2014 2:39 a.m.

    Good article overall, and the nod to Christian coaches is a nice inclusive touch. Two comments for others as well:

    JustGordon, valid question, but the focus is Christian coaches, who are well-represented in college football. Other religious groups? Not so much, seemingly. By all means: If you happen to know solid Jewish, Muslim, Hindu or Buddhist college football coaches who've likewise done a great job teaching values, I'm sure the DesNews would love a follow-up.

    Riley, football's violent, but also teaches positive social and team activity as well as religion. See the Christian film Facing The Giants for more info. Sure, religion is infused into football--and a lot of other aspects of everyday life. Religion also uses military metaphors, too--Onward Christian Soldiers, etc.--and the military has religious aspects as well. Lots of intermixing going on out there.

    Also, in your obscure reference to Bronco Mendenhall's alleged 7-figure salary, I'm sure he'd be interested to know he's actually getting paid that much and wondering where the rest is. His contract's actually somewhere in the 6 digits, though sure, probably the higher end. Just do the homework. :)

  • Y Ask Y Provo, UT
    Aug. 22, 2014 5:05 p.m.

    Amen, Riley.

    Football is a great game. I love it. Keep religion out of football and vice versa, and we will all be better off.

  • Riley Mendenhall Provo, UT
    Aug. 22, 2014 3:04 p.m.

    The whole football is a missionary opportunity is complete trash. I played football for several years. It is a fun game, but it is a game. Also the goals within are not very noble. Knocking your opponent down on their face or back (it is fun, but not noble).

    People act like football is going to lead someone to Christ? Really? It is a fun, grusome game.

    Some football coaches around here get paid 7 figures, and they act like they are captain Moroni - leading the righteous into battle against evil. Then they have firesides about how spiritual things are. Really? You get payed big bucks to coach kids to play fun, intense game. The game is fun, but it encourages anger, aggression, contact, and injury. You are not saving the world from evil, you are not fighting for your families, you are playing a game.

    I've thought about spending all of my time to become one of the best Call of Duty players in the country. Then maybe I could go around and give firesides on how spiritual the game is and how it has helped me come closer to God.

  • JustGordon Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 22, 2014 2:33 p.m.

    Why does a coach's faith have to be Christian for his/her strength? Could a coach not be Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim,Hindi or possess another set of non-Christian tenants and also be stronger because of them?

  • U-tar Woodland Hills, UT
    Aug. 22, 2014 2:12 p.m.

    I was hoping that yesterday's special focus on how special football coaches are would suffice for at least one week, guess not.