Reflecting on Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning’s release from the Indianapolis Colts was shocking for me and other die-hard NFL fans.  His free-agency and impending retirement (in the next 3-5 years) raises an interesting question about the ways in which we perceive our existence on earth.

Last week, the kind folks at Christ and Pop Culture magazine invited me to write a weekly sports column.  In my first column, I reflected on my feelings and reactions to the Peyton Manning story from a uniquely Christian perspective.  Here is a sample of the column:

Peyton’s retirement brings a flood of personal memories for me. Even though I grew up in Texas, a committed Oilers and then Texans fan, Peyton was my favorite college player at that point in time (RGIII is the new #1). Wherever he landed, I was rooting his team. When the Colts landed the first pick in the 1998 Draft, I adopted the Colts as my new team. This was helped by the fact that my Oilers had left the previous year for Tennessee. In 2002, the same year the my hometown was awarded the Houston Texans franchise, the Colts hired Tony Dungy, my favorite NFL coach of all time. I admired Dungy as a good coach, a good man, and a solid evangelical Christian. While I rooted for the Texans out of state pride, I was already committed to the Colts and Manning. The thought of Dungy and Manning working together and playing in the same division as my new hometown team made my head explode like Terry Crews in those Old Spice commercials.

I recommend that you hop on over to the Christ and Pop Culture site to check out this column, and all the other amazing stories.  I also recommend that you add this site to your weekly web-browsing routine.

About Doug Hankins

Although not a Christian in his youth, Doug came to believe in Jesus during his teenage years. When not playing sports or pastoring Doug is probably spending time with his wife, reading a good book, or drinking some hot tea. Doug's first book Dawson Trotman: In His Own Words is available wherever books are sold. You can follow Doug on twitter.
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