Here's an interesting interview with Steelers' safety Troy Polamalu on "faith, fatherhood and football."
Good to see large space given to an open discussion of his involvement in Greek Orthodoxy:
In order to properly meet Polamalu where he lives, this is the requisite, the grounding force that gives meaning to everything he does, every play he makes. Polamalu's evident gratitude to the one who made him is marbled throughout our talk - from his training regime to his travels to Mount Athos, a monastic site in Greece, a place he calls "heaven on earth."When asked, "How would you define the spiritual struggle you referred to earlier?" he answers,
It's the struggle of good and evil, and with that comes the struggle with greed, jealousy, materialism, sexual morality, pride, all these types of struggles that we face every day, in every second of the day.Yet one thing seems missing to me... the gospel. Not that I expect him to be an evangelical, but there is no reference to the Lord Jesus, to the Cross, the resurrection, or salvation through Christ. God, church, and various monastics rate mention, but not the Lord Jesus. When asked, "What is your greatest wish for your child?" he answers...
Without a question, my greatest wish would be for him to understand the spiritual struggle and to be a pious Orthodox Christian. That's what I want for myself, as well. Sometimes parents want their children to be what they never were. And that's one thing that I am gracious for Paisios to have: that he's able to grow up in the Orthodox church around monastics and priests that I was never able to experience as a kid - to grasp that, not take it for granted and really culture that.Hm. Should he know and love the Lord Jesus, and the salvation which comes by grace through faith in Christ and his atonement? Maybe that's just unstated and understood, but it's nice to be clear about that!
Still... it's good to see this interview, and to hear a football player say,
"Football is part of my life but not life itself. Football doesn't define me. It's what I do and how I carry out my faith."