Thursday, February 7, 2008

Hail Mary!

It was a great super bowl game this year and the spectacular pass caught by David Tyree will go down in football history as one of the greatest catches of all time, along with Boston College Doug Fluties’ famous “Hail Mary” Pass. Faith can move mountains. Can it also help complete passes?

Did you know the term “Hail Mary” in reference to crucial passes is attributed to Roger Staubach? Staubach’s Catholic faith was evident in one of the best plays in NFL history. In a 1975 playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings, he threw a 50-yard bomb to receiver Drew Pearson in the final seconds to win the game, 17-14. Interviewed after the game, Staubach joked that he had said a Hail Mary just before he threw the ball.

Acknowledgment: Gerald Korson a freelance editor and writer and a former editor of Our Sunday Visitor

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