Matthew R. Perry

Great article about Lions’ Quarterback John Kitna (ESPN, The Magazine)

In Uncategorized on October 5, 2007 at 4:52 pm

An excerpt from the article:

Like many athletes who are outspoken about something as personal as faith, Kitna — with his ubiquitous cross hats and constant biblical references — is often dismissed as a loon. But his impact in Detroit is undeniable. He is part of a team prayer group on Friday afternoons and hosts a Bible study for teammates and their wives at his home on Monday nights.

Since he signed a four-year, $11.5 million deal in March 2006, about 20 Lions have given their lives to Christ. Teammates, converted or not, credit Kitna — and, in part, this religious awakening — with helping change the previously poisonous attitude in the Lions’ locker room. Says Orlovsky, “He is the pulse and the heart and the soul of this team.”

By combining two of the most fervent elements of society — faith and football — a previously anonymous journeyman quarterback has catapulted himself into the zeitgeist.

“People feel football is too trivial for God to care about, especially with so many bad things happening in the world,” says Tim Pitcher, a spokesman for Athletes in Action, which uses sports to push Christianity. “For a lot of people, the worlds shouldn’t mix.”

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