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Newfound faith helps clear way for his trip to the Pro Bowl

DETROIT (BP)--While Super Bowl XL’s heroes were decided on the turf at Detroit’s Ford Field Sunday, one of this year’s NFL heroes was watching the festivities with his church men’s group in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Gratefulness to Reggie White graces Super Bowl luncheon

DETROIT (BP)--From a faith-proclaiming media day at Ford Field in downtown Detroit to a rocking gospel concert at the historic Masonic Temple and a sold-out Athletes in Action breakfast at the NFL headquarters hotel, Super Bowl XL has seen a clear witness for Jesus Christ in the Motor City.

Super Bowl: You can do more than just watch it

DETROIT (BP)--For football fans, the Super Bowl is the pinnacle of the season, the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers clashing for this year’s gridiron supremacy.

Music & testimony abound at Super Bowl celebration


EDITORS’ NOTE: Dallas-based sportswriter Art Stricklin is reporting this week on the spiritual side of the Super Bowl. His final story from Detroit will appear in BP Sunday afternoon.

POSTED Saturday, Feb. 4.

      DETROIT (BP)--At the legendary home of Motown, Detroit’s Masonic Temple was at full throttle Friday night with the seventh annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration featuring both music industry legends and NFL players proclaiming their faith in Jesus.
      “I hear there are a lot of parties around town tonight for Super Bowl night, but nobody parties like a Holy Ghost party,” one of the Mary Mary duo shouted before launching into one of their high-octane tunes.

Tony Dungy voices the pain & lessons from his son’s suicide

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Tony Dungy honors God
Tony Dungy, head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, shares for the first time publically that he and his family had donated several organs for transplant surgeries after his 18-year-old son, James, committed suicide in December. Dungy spoke at the Super Bowl Breakfast in Detroit, MI, Saturday, February 4, 2006 at the Marriott Renaissance Center.Photo Bob Carey

EDITORS’ NOTE: Dallas-based sportswriter Art Stricklin is reporting this week on the spiritual side of the Super Bowl. His final story from Detroit will appear in BP Monday.

POSTED Saturday, Feb. 4.

DETROIT (BP)--An emotional Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy, in his first speaking engagement since his son’s funeral, headlined the 19th annual Athletes in Action Super Bowl breakfast Saturday morning at the Super Bowl XL headquarters hotel in Detroit.
      New York Jets running back Curtis Martin received the Bart Starr Award, given annually to an NFL player on the basis of character and service. But all eyes were on Dungy, who was given two standing ovations in telling of the pain and the lessons from his son’s suicide in December.
      Dungy said he had learned a lot from his sons, Eric, 14 and Jordan, 5, “but the most important thing came from James, who would have 19.”
      “He was a Christian and is today in heaven. He was struggling with the things of the world and took his own life. People ask how I could come back to work so soon. I’m not totally recovered, I don’t know if I ever will be, it’s still ever-painful,” he said, wiping back a tear. “But some good things have come out of it.”

Steelers coaches cognizant of God’s hand in their lives

DETROIT (BP)--Pittsburgh special teams coach Kevin Spencer has spent a lot of his time wondering this week.

Seattle coaches prep team for more than Super Bowl victory

DETROIT (BP)--Seattle fans, players and assistant coaches are counting on Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren to work his Super Bowl magic, having led the Green Bay Packers to an NFL title in the ‘90s.

Seahawks quarterback leads team to Super Bowl & beyond

DETROIT (BP)--In the two-week buildup to a championship game with hundreds of different plotlines, Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck leaned forward in his chair at the Super Bowl media day as if he intended to divulge one of the secrets for his team’s successes.

Super Bowl players tell the world’s media of their faith

DETROIT (BP)—-While former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon once got media attention for writing offbeat messages on his headband during Super Bowl week, Pittsburg strong safety Troy Polamalu plans his own method of expression during Sunday’s championship contest, even if it will never be seen by the millions watching in TV or in person.

Chaplain glad for men of faith who wear Seahawks’ jerseys

DETROIT (BP)--Karl Payne has been a Baptist minister in the Pacific Northwest long enough to know that Christianity can be a polarizing factor in his part of the country.