If you’ve ever flown into or out of Dallas/Ft. Worth, you’ve probably experienced that oh-so-wonderful moment when the pilot informs you that you can see Texas Stadium if you look out the window. “As you can see, it has a hole in the roof,” the pilot will say. “That’s so God can watch his favorite football team, the Dallas Cowboys.”
The Cowboys have always played the God card, from Tom Landry’s “personal relationship with God” to the term “Hail Mary pass” (which got its start with a game-winning Roger Staubach desperation heave). But Roy Williams took things a bit further in Saturday’s game against the Seahawks, when he intercepted a pass and then pulled down his jersey to reveal a sticker on his shoulder pads (here’s a larger view).
I didn’t know what was shown on the sticker, but reader Ed from Dallas did. In Saturday’s Comments section, he wrote, “That’s the logo for his church here in Dallas: Inspirational Body of Christ. It’s a HUGE church right down the street from my house.” Actually, it turns out that the church is called Inspiring Body of Christ, and sure enough, their logo is what appeared on Williams’s pads. (The church’s full web site is here.)
Williams is hardly the first athlete to showcase his religious affiliation on his uniform, of course. Brady Quinn draws an ichthys around the Adidas logo on his play-calling wristband, and little cross pins have sometimes found their way onto baseball caps (more on that phenomenon here), among lots of other examples. But Williams is the first player I can think of who’s promoted a specific church.
Interestingly, the holy pigskin pendulum appears to have been swinging away from the Cowboys lately. Their bizarre last-second loss to the Redskins last November is already being referred to as the “Hand of God” game, and Saturday’s field goal blunder was as clear a case of divine intervention as you’ll ever see. Maybe God has a new favorite team. Or maybe Roy Williams should think about trying a different church.
(Big thanks to John Okray and Michael Rich, who both submitted Roy Williams screen shots.)
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