I read an article in "Life News" regarding Philip Rivers, quarterback for the San Diego Chargers. ESPN was interviewing Mr. Rivers and the fan question they picked for him was this:
"Six kids? Regardless of your profession, it’s impossible to be a good parent to six kids. Not enough hours in the day."
He answered the question with class praising his wife and sharing that his family keeps him balanced. ESPN should be ashamed of themselves for selecting that question and in regards to the fan, well, let's not get into that..I could go on for hours....I just want to expound on the fact Mr. Rivers is one more sports star that openly shares his faith and walks the walk.
My husband (who is a Chargers fan - oh well, married him anyway) attended a Catholic men's breakfast where Mr. Rivers was speaking. I watched the DVD afterwards and was very impressed that he frankly spoke about his love of God, being pro-life and the importance of practicing his faith in all aspects of his life ...including attending mass regularly (even when out of town), chastity before marriage and natural family planning.
I saw Mr. Rivers "walking the walk" a few years ago when my husband and I flew up to Seattle for the Seahawks/Chargers game (a rare match-up except for pre-season). The Saturday night before the game we went to mass ... and in walked Mr. Rivers. He had no entourage...he was alone....he quietly walked in, knelt down and prayed, which we do prior to mass starting. After mass he left as he arrived, quietly. He didn't want to be noticed, he wanted his time with God.
The message Mr. Rivers sends, as well as other NFL notables (i.e., Tim Tebow, Curt Warner, Tony Dungy, Joe Gibbs) is what our young and impressionable NFL fans need, and hopefully, in the future, this type of message will be the rule rather than the exception.
My husband and I with
Mr. Rivers at a pro-life
fundraiser a few years
Have a Blessed Day!