Behind The Scenes at The Super Bowl: Faith, Family and Football


Daily reporting and analysis of current events from a biblical and prophetic perspective
Bill Wilson
Behind the scenes at the Super Bowl

NOTEWhen writing about God and Jesus, The Daily Jot means YHVH as God and Yeshua Ha Mashiach as Jesus–the actual original names and the true nature and character of them.
Friday, February 3, 2017
The NFL often criticized for players who do bad things. It’s all over the news when an NFL player does something wrong. What most people don’t know is that the NFL has programs, services and resources available to their players to assist them in doing the right thing, in having a career after their NFL playing experience, and being role models to a society whose children need someone to look up to. In reality, if a player is fortunate enough to make it to the NFL, there is no reason in the world that he cannot be a success in life. I know. Part of what I do involves strategic character and leadership development for the NFL. The vast majority of NFL players are successful, positive contributors to society.
Behind all the glamour at the Super Bowl are meeting after meeting focusing on character development-most of which are conducted by Christian men and women who care. The NFL stresses and encourages good character and excellence. We see this in its Walter Payton Man of the Year Award to the player who exemplifies character and excellence both on and off the field. All of the 32 teams nominate a player who does outstanding work in the community and is a role model to fans-young and old, alike. The nominees each receive donations of $5,000 in their name to a charity of their choice (usually their own foundation that does great work in the community). The winner is awarded $50,000 for charity work.
Many NFL players are Christians. Super Bowl week is full of meetings and activities conducted by Christians. For example, Tony Dungy’s organization, All Pro Dads presents an All Pro Dad of the Year award during Super Bowl week at its Faith, Family and Football breakfast. This year’s recipient is Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations. He played 15 years in the NFL and is the only NFL player to be awarded all four of the NFL character awards the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, the Whizzer White NFL Man of the Year award, the Bart Starr Man of the Year Award. In addition, NFL players and their families worship the Lord in the annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration.
This year, the Bart Starr award went to Matthew Slater of the New England Patriots. This award is presented by Athletes in Action, the sports ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. It goes to the NFL player who best exemplifies outstanding character and in the home, on the field and in the community. Slater’s father, Jackie, also won the award. Awards such as these are just indicators of how the NFL and football in general promotes leadership and character among its players and coaches. It’s real easy to find offense if you are looking for it, and the news media does a good job pointing those things out. But let’s not ignore the positive things that people do, including football players, who many will say that they are 1 Corinthian 10:32 men-in whatsoever they do, they “do all to the glory of God.”
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson
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By Pastor William Agbeti
Esi (not a real name) is a young girl of about 11 years, who does not know her age. She hails from the Volta Region of Ghana and now lives with a female relative and the husband in a very small makeshift room, only a block away from the Redeemer House, in a fast growing rural area in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.
Looking very emaciated, sad and shabbily dressed, she lives a life that can best be described as total slavery. From dusk to dawn, she goes about fetching water, doing grocery, sweeping, cooking, washing dishes, handling laundry and undertaking odd jobs around the house. The poor child, unfortunately, does not attend school.
When she comes to the Redeemer House to fetch water, she does so with dispatch; apparently afraid of her “parents”. Esi’s life poses a great challenge to us. The child desperately needs help, but how do we intervene?
Do we report her “parents” to the authorities? Do we walk in and speak to them? Or do we simply help her with dresses and food? What about her schooling?
If Esi’s situation looks very bad to you, understand it is the “ideal” situation many young ones and their parents back in Esi’s hometown and other villages are actually looking forward to: a home and a new life in the big towns or cities for their wards, irrespective of conditions of living.
There are thousands of Esis, and their male counterparts, Kwesis, all over Ghana. How can our ministry help all these young folks? The best way out is perhaps to extend a helping hand to an Esi or Kwesi, one at a time; beginning with the Esi that we know.
We are praying and believing God to go ahead of us as we plan to visit Esi’s “parents” this week to offer the child some clothing, shoes, underwear, food and a small sum of money. Whilst visiting, we will use the opportunity to discuss possible support for her schooling.
Esi no doubt is in a desperate situation, and as we all know, desperate SITUATIONS require desperate MEASURES.
Would you please join us on this mission to reach out to Esi to help touch and change a life for good? You may please be specific as to what you want your support to accomplish in Esi’s life.
God bless you for caring, sharing and serving Christ through Esi and our ministry. Bless you.

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Have a Blessed and Powerful Day,

Bill Wilson
The Daily Jot

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