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A former NFL Joplin Jim grassy.
Has seen firsthand that when everything is on the line great men turned to strength and faith whether it's in football or in life.
And -- shows how to incorporate faith and endurance on a daily basis in his new book God's grace and glory he joins me now.
Via Skype from post falls Idaho welcome.
Welcome -- you aren't sure nice here.
You know you're you're chaplain for both the Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers.
A lot of people don't even know that NFL teams have -- have -- I think they all do practically.
How involved with that.
You served in the capacity is helpful and with the 49ers for a year and the raiders six years.
I was terrified he's very huge key to come over with the 49ers and -- -- and then.
Where he was news the some of the players there -- Become all over again had the opportunity to do it sure -- -- were all working on are -- some characters there's no one of those.
Her -- were golfing trip to weigh.
Those things ever so.
Good bit hang on to -- articles were.
Kind of courage of those off so we sure -- the players.
What it means they have great -- You know we we don't -- players like Tim Tebow who were very very religious.
But in general how important.
He's -- to football players or athletes in general.
Well it that's a great course fit and I would say -- current system most NFL I think you'll.
Or about a third of the players and coaches civil can be helpful give it.
Saturday or Sunday what it -- -- can -- is helpful but you know it's very important it's interesting to me is.
I've been around the NFL for almost forty years to see that number of player -- There's their tenure with the league is longer.
The more they're grounded in their -- And building good character.
And often times those people will last -- circuits apparently guys.
They're not out party and they're not out get in trouble.
You know a lot of news story on manifold chaplains last Super -- a couple of Super Bowls ago.
And you know one of things that's.
Well the chaplain said to me is that a lot of times.
Players welcomed them until they get hurt to the careers on the line you know in general -- -- it will do players actually seek your help.
Really -- It's chemistry that is with -- -- -- it starts with the coaches.
They're being -- -- and urging.
The players people with careful.
Big -- where.
Roger good goal and he's himself before here.
Says there's a crisis of character in the film today and there is looking for any help they yes.
Some of my friends says the way to you're you're character coach -- you'll collaborators.
Is never an oxymoron.
Accept it and you know.
There are some good men there that want to.
Strong favorite to move forward.
The positive direction with Bert character and fortunately.
There are those that have really -- up the water is currently.
I mean we are counting down about 35 or 36 players since last simple.
Who -- Been arrested -- that includes who says it is.
Well there are crazy they seem to be kind of scandal plagued these days you've -- Aaron Hernandez charged with what and -- is accused of murder there's a rod is.
That it -- the drug issues he's he's facing a host of athletes have just the run of -- old baby mama drama is out there.
Which really don't really -- to rise to the level of criminal activity but it's certainly you know not the best.
Issues to be having out there morally and ethically.
In general I mean it sounds like there's there's a visit with the faith prices are character crisis in a row athletics.
Very is that it's because in part because there's a lifestyles change.
It's going from college.
Through the -- said it.
-- bill I could see them because circle baseball but they -- really worked hard.
Working with the -- of helping them understand the kind of temptation for the -- choices and decisions that we make.
The six favorite.
So we try to help the kids that are moral compass.
But we're not always -- -- the -- And you know that's -- these kids.
Have to learn to.
Saying no and this -- through situations you know what's really interesting or.
Did they practice all the time on scenarios what yes.
It yet we don't talk to the players off our -- Much are very -- -- of the war idea of life you know what -- cry like our approaches you what if someone comes and says.
Hey you've got all the flooding now by me and I'll play your role there.
-- then in the end if there happily.
Give himself in the situation at a party or.
In a number of ways.
In many he's forced to make a decision often -- -- make the wrong decision.
He hasn't thought it through.
And and so that's one of the things it's helped -- -- you do.
You know we remind people of good name is to be.
They're great world.
Good good advice for life good advice for life.
I want to thank you so much doctor -- -- -- -- the book is called bug -- grace and -- wanna thank you so much for being on a spirited debate today and is a mark my words here you -- question that was due to.
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