In his heyday, Rams safety Aeneas Williams was a feared enforcer in the defensive backfield for the Rams and Cardinals, earning his way to eight different Pro Bowls and developing a reputation as the perennial leader of his team’s defense. He was almost a poor man’s past-centric Brian Dawkins at his best, and when Williams walked away from the game in 2005, there was reason to believe he may have had a couple more good seasons left in his tank, even though he was already 37.
(Aeneas Williams has gone from delivering big hits to biblical sermons.)
Well, now we know why he was ready to leave: Williams was about to embark on a second career as an evangelical pastor. Just three years removed from retirement, Williams has a flourishing congregation in suburban St. Louis, his Spirit of the Lord Family Church worshipping in the ballroom of a Crowne Plaza Hotel in Clayton, Mo., according to the ASSOCIATED PRESS, though a permanent home for the church is expected in the future.
In the meantime, Williams is gaining a loyal following of Christians who have taken to his message of experiential faith, trying to help his parishioners find God in their everyday lives. Not surprisingly, Williams has a knack of leaning on his own life in football to express how he developed his own spiritual connection with God.
Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) wasn’t only raising a stink about the NFL’s handling of the Patriots’ taping scandal. Recently, commissioner Roger Goodell and the league had sought to crack down on churches that were showing the Super Bowl on their big screens.
According to the WASHINGTON POST, Specter, along with Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), questioned the policy, and Lord Rog is allowing churches to worship at the altar of the prolate spheroid when Super Bowl Sunday rolls around in Tampa next season.
The WASHINGTON POST reports that the National Football League is finally getting tough on the terrible scourge that slowly destroying their sport - churches throwing Super Bowl parties.
Places of worship have been using Super Sunday parties as a way to bring parishoners together outside of their weekly chapel service - and hopefully bring some members back into the flock.
Rev. Thomas Omholt of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in D.C. explains such an event “takes people who are not coming frequently, or who have fallen away, and shows them that the church can still have some fun.”
But that’s why the NFL is sometimes known as the “No Fun League”.