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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: Faith, Family and Football

By Ken Horn
Jan. 30, 2011

I am a San Francisco 49er fan — one of the frustrated faithful.

Football has not been kind to Niner fans for many years. We were reminded on Monday Night Football Sept. 20, when Jerry Rice’s No. 80 jersey was retired. There stood Joe Montana behind him. Steve Young had been on the pregame. Those were the days. Five Super Bowl titles between them.

But the glory days have long been over for the Prospectors. Forget about championships, wins have been hard to come by. When they faced the reigning Super Bowl champs, the New Orleans Saints, on MNF, no one gave them much of a chance. When the Niners scored a touchdown and a 2-point conversion to tie the game with a little over a minute to go, a loss still felt inevitable.

A short time later, the Saints’ 3-pointer knuckled through the goalpost with no time left on the clock. Another loss.

But there was a highlight for me — not in that game, but in the pregame show.

It was something commentator Mike Ditka, the legendary NFL player and coach, said about 49er head coach Mike Singletary, who played for Ditka on the Chicago Bears and was arguably the best middle linebacker ever. Ditka actually talked about Singletary’s Christian faith and his character.

He said that Singletary was a man “driven by his faith.”

Ditka said that Singletary has made it clear that the priorities of his life are “faith, family and football,” in that order. And then Ditka said what really mattered. He said that Singletary lives what he says.

Near the end of the segment, Ditka said that, as good as Singletary is as a football player and coach, “He’s even better as a person.”

High praise. Highlight!

When it comes down to it, this is what matters most about everyone. Read on in this 16th annual Super Bowl Outreach Edition for stories of players and coaches who put God first.

Ken Horn

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