If you missed the Chicago Bears game yesterday, it was awesome.
(Oh wait… we’re mostly atheists here. We don’t follow sports.)
Short recap: Devin Hester returned a punt and a kickoff back for touchdowns. Bears had a blocked punt near the end of the game and a last-minute touchdown to tie it. They won in overtime on a field goal.
Back to Hester for a moment…
The Bears have a 5-6 record but they’re still in the hunt for a playoff spot. I’d argue the main reason is because Hester has kept them in games they would have otherwise lost. He provides sparks when the team needs them the most.
It’s interesting to see where the praise for yesterday’s victory is going, though.
Devin, the humble guy he is, thanks God. That’s not unusual for a superstar athlete. Hester’s not hiding his faith, either. He has tattoos of a “biblical verse on his back and the artwork on his arms.”
But it’s strange to hear others say the same thing.
David Ramsey of the Colorado Springs Gazette throws in some religious imagery (with Hester’s help):
Still, this quiet man is blessed with a massive reservoir of self-belief. Hester had just shredded the Broncos, delivered a victory for the ages to throngs of Bears fans, but he didn’t surprise himself. He expects to arrive in the end zone.
“I’m just playing with God-given talent,” he said, “and God blessed me with a lot of great things.”
Amen to that, Devin. Amen and amen.
The headline of Chicago Sun-Times‘ Jay Mariotti‘s column today read this:
Devin from heaven saves Bears again
Head coach Lovie Smith said this last night:
“We were saying a lot of prayers [during the game]… Thank God they came through.”
Can’t we just give credit where it’s due?
Hester is a great player who works hard in practice and never feels like the game is over. It’s not a divine gift. It’s just a damn good athlete.
At least the Chicago Tribune‘s David Haugh managed to get it right with his response to Smith’s comments:
“We were saying a lot of prayers,” Lovie Smith said. “Thank God they came through.”
For Devin’s sake, don’t forget to thank Hester too.