NFL Couple Who’ve Mastered Sports,Love & Spirituality?

Yes at this point everyone knows I’m a “sap” also known as a “sucker for love” and someway, somehow I find a way to intertwine love into all things. In addition to being a “sucker for love”, I am a sports fanatic and above all else a spiritual animal on fire for Jesus(yes I wanted to give you a visual). So when I came across this story of how this couple was able to tie my three favorite things together and strengthen their marriage, I couldn’t wait to share!

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green and wife Miranda Brooke

aj n wifeCollege sweethearts A.J. Green and Miranda Brooke met while attending the University of Georgia where Green was a star wide-out for the BullDogs. Now a starting WR for the Cincinnati Bengals, Green recorded a career-high 10 passes for a total of 227 yards in a win over the Ravens during the 2015 season. But most recently, the couple attended the NFL’s Pro Athletes Outreach which “exists to unite a community of pro athletes and couples to grow as disciples of Jesus and positively impact their spheres of influence”. The couple was baptized together and committed their lives to Christ. True definition of Spirituality, Love and Sports!

Head over to Miranda’s Instagram page to check out videos and picture of this dynamic duo!

http://www.instagram.com/mirandabrooke_

 

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Life: Damian Lillard Is Teaching Us It’s More Than A Game

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It’s so easy to discuss the numbers and stats, which coaches are getting fired and what turmoil is going on between teammates but what about a player personifying values that if applied properly can change your life. The player I’m referring to is┬áDamian Lillard and he’s exhibiting principles on the court that far surpass the game of basketball.

After being the team to watch two years in a row, the Portland Trailblazers lost four starters in the off-season and were a clear favorite amongst analyst and experts to be a lottery team; surely not a play-off contender. Maybe all that chatter put a fire in Lillard’s soul and has assisted him in leading his team to 33 wins and a record above .500 in a tough Western Conference. Living up to his team’s name, Lillard has been a true “trailblazer” defying the odds as the only remaining starter and franchise player for this organization.

Resilience. Humility. Focus.

If one thing is for sure adversity will arise. People will leave and change will surely come  but its 5% what happens to you and 95% about how you react to it. When the two most notable of the four starters left town for the likes of Texas, it seems like Dame focused more on the reacting part. He proved his toughness, grit and ability to exhibit supreme resilience by working 10 times as hard as he did the year before.

In a recent interview with Chris Broussard, Dame spoke on the unselfish style of play that he and emerging star C.J. McCollum have been displaying on the court; something they both attribute to the teams success. I would describe it as humility. The humble beginnings of Oakland to the humble beginnings of Weber State University has shaped Lillard’s disposition. He’s showing us that you can be confident in your abilities, blessings and talents and still remain humble. I think Dame said it best “Be a King in your mind but do the work of a servant”.

There’s this thing that happens when you “lock in” as I like to call it. When you detach peripheral abilities from your vision and see only that which you want, desire and hunger to attain; the possibilities are endless. I’m talking about laser focus and Lillard is exuding it. In the month of February, he has averaged 29.8 points, 6.9 assist and 9.2 rebounds a game. Those are Lebron James type numbers; not stats of a 6’3 point guard. Dame appears to have one goal and one goal only and that is to win.

Not everyone will have the ability to euro-step, set screens and prefect pick and roll defense but we can all be resilient, focused and humble. Just like anything else, there are many layers and complexities to the game of basketball; the kid from Oakland is proving it. #DameShowedMe