God-n-Sports: Fasting footballer, Holy Hockey, Tebow hits #3

Religion in Sports: NFL player fasts during practice to honor Ramadan, Tim Tebow tops athlete ratings, plus Hockey star  Kane shares his faith
By Oregon Faith News Notes:

1. Footballer Abdullah fasts during Ramadan
2. Tim Tebow hits #3 most popular athlete
3. Hockey star Patrick Kane shares his faith

1. Husain Abdullah shuns food, water during practice

Minnesota Vikings football player Husain Abdullah in honor of Ramadan is going through football practice without food and water!   This is without food and water for the entire day while the sun is out.  Abdulah told the Associated Press, “I’m putting nothing before God, nothing before my religion,” Abdullah said. “This is something I choose to do, not something I have to do. So I’m always going to fast.”   His plan to avoid complications is by eating a big meal and consuming protein shakes before sunrise . More on this story from Yahoo sports here.

2. Tim Tebow fame rises

Tim Tebow is starting his new National Football League career with the Denver and already he has been placed Tim Tebow as the 3rd most influential athlete in America by E-Poll Market research.  They called his appeal “unprecedented”.  This is the player who when he wrote “John 3:16” on his face during a game Google surged with 92 million search word requests for “John 3:16”  One Florida newspaper mentioned this week that Tim Tebow stories are the number one viewed sports article (article here).  Earlier this year he was featured in a Super Bowl ad for Focus on the Family.  Expect a great season for this outspoken athlete of faith.

3. Hockey star Patrick Kane shares his faith

Hockey star Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks has been in the news this summer.  He helped his team win Hockey’s ultimate prize, the Stanley Cup.  He is also becomming  known for his faith and his compassion.

It was just this summer, Patrick Kane helped win the biggest game in Hockey in overtime.  As part of his post-victory celebration he made sure to stop by a cancer ward at hospital.  A cancer patient wanted to see the Stanley Cup before he died and Kane delivered.   On his faith and religion Kane said, “As you come into the league, you want to prove yourself as a player. After that, I think other things become a little bit more important,” Kane said. “You obviously want to play good, but you want to be more of a role model to people around you. For the past year or so, I’ve been praying to God every night that he can help me become a better person and help me make a difference, not only in sports but in the world. Whether that’s helping one or two people out, that’s what it is. … I think it all depends on the situation.”

More on Patrick Kane here.

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