In a behind-the-scenes, off-the-field glimpse into one of America's most beloved sports, Men of Sunday reveals how Sunday's greatest rely on God to face issues such as drug abuse, family crisis, injuries, and temptations resulting from fame and fortune.
Compiled from dozens of interviews, Men of Sunday marks the intersection of two Sunday traditions: faith and football. Inspired by the league's "systemic shift" toward embracing Christianity, Bloomberg writer Curtis Eichelberger shows how God is a source of comfort when facing the unique challenges of life in the NFL and the everyday challenges of maintaining strong families and building character.
Featured personalities include
- Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis
- New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson
- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers
- Former Chicago Bears middle linebacker Mike Singletary
- Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis
- Former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy
- San Diego Chargers pastor Shawn Mitchell
- Danisha Rolle, wife of former Tennessee and Baltimore defensive back Samari Rolle
- And many more
Men of Sunday is a must-have for any football fan, teaching the invaluable lesson of trusting in the Lord—both on and off the field.
|About the Contributor(s)|| Curtis Eichelberger
Curtis Eichelberger is an award-winning sports reporter for Bloomberg News. He has written about the National Football League for more than two decades, first covering the Denver Broncos for the Rocky Mountain News and later becoming the national NFL writer for Bloomberg News. He has won numerous awards. Eichelberger has a master's degree in Journalism from Georgetown University and is married to Judit.
|Release Date||Aug 28, 2012|
- Review by Nickida
- Review by Sue
Ask almost any pre-teen boy what they would like to be, and a pro-football player will be among the most popular answers. What they see in their mind is the glory of a Sunday afternoon touchdown or the pure power of a well aimed tackle. They do not see the years of physical abuse to one's body, tough training schedules, and frequent disappointments. They also do not see the hundreds of good players, who are, well just not quite good enough.
Ask any high school kid, and well, unfortunately most adults, about the life of a NFL player, and they will weave images of young men awash in wealth, women, and fame. They may mention a tough training schedule and possible injuries, but they won't know or understand the reality of most NFL players. Eischelberger paints a picture of careers dotted with uncertainity, frequent trades, and a final release, often just a couple years after that first glorious "signing bonus." Often these players have never truly focused on anything except football since they were 10 years old. For years, they have been the center of attention within their families, their high schools, their colleges, and then their fans. After the NFL comes unstructured days, fading fame, wounded bodies, and often finanical and relationship woes. Too often poor choices made during playing days explode into major disasters played out beyond the notice of former fans.
Behind the scenes of many NFL teams are team chaplains, team Bible study groups, and even groups for the wives and girlfriends. Chaplains and coaches alike say that teams with a core of "faith guys" (those who profess their faith and strive to live it) find that those members become the glue that
holds teams together. Chaplains find ways to help players set life priorities in a correct order: Faith, family, and football. Within the book, players give personal testament to finding a purpose beyond their fame, surviving temptation, getting on sound financial setting, and giving back to their communities.
I am somewhat familiar with team chaplains because a man who grew up in our community was an asst chaplain for the Green Bay Packers back in the 1990's when Mike Holmgren coached. One time Steve brought a couple Packers to our small community for an evening program. Sponsored by a church, the program was held at our high school gym. Both the players and their wives painted pictures quite similar to those described in Eichelberger's book.
I found the book a little repetitive, yet I finished the book in a couple evenings. If you have a true NFL fan in your family, consider this book. I would highly recommend this book to pastors and men who work with youth. Having some background on a few players' faith stories and challenges will be beneficial in their work. To all of us, here's a heartfelt reminder that there are powerful stories behind those bended knees and prayers before games.
I received a copy of this book from BookSneeze for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
(Posted on 12/20/12)
- Review by Gailya
In spite of that error, it is a wonderful book and I have already recommended it to others. (Posted on 9/19/12)
- Review by Aleah
This entire book is an amazing account of faith throughout the sport of football. In another part, the author shares a story from Matt Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck shares that for much of his early career in the NFL he was met with negative attitudes toward Christians from coaches and other players. He shares that it wasn't until he was drafted to the Green Bay Packers in 1998 that he found a group of men that were strong in their faith and showed him that Christians could be competitive and still be Godly and love their opponents.
I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys football and is looking for Godly role models.
(Posted on 9/3/12)