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New England Patriots

Tom Brady’s leap of faith

By Bob Smietana — March 22, 2020

(RNS) — Once a devoted acolyte of Bill Belichick, the Pats’ Hall of Famer has put himself in the hands of a trainer/spiritual guide once labeled a ‘snake oil salesman.’

Charges against Patriots owner Kraft shine a light on human trafficking, says author

By Bob Smietana — February 25, 2019

(RNS) — Solicitation of prostitution is often viewed as a victimless crime, but Kraft’s case highlights a horrible truth that many ‘in the life’ are not there by choice.

Patriots ‘character coach’ Jack Easterby joins long tradition of chaplains

By Paul Putz — February 1, 2019

(RNS) — New England Patriots ‘character coach’ Jack Easterby is the latest in a long line of NFL chaplains to follow in the footsteps of Ira Lee “Doc” Eshleman, one of the league’s first chaplains.

Notre Dame students cite faith as they kneel during national anthem to protest racism

By Jack Jenkins — November 12, 2018

(RNS) — The students argued their demonstration was in the spirit of Notre Dame’s former president, the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, who protested with Martin Luther King Jr.

The couple that cheers together stays together

By Elizabeth E. Evans — September 25, 2018

(RNS) — As religious attachments have waned as a determinant of whom Americans choose to pair with, fandom and team loyalty have taken the place for some, according to a recent online poll.

Tom Brady, Alex Guerrero and Apocalypse Meow — when weird belief turns harmful

By Bob Smietana — January 4, 2018

(RNS) — A few years ago I went to the grocery store and ran into some cultists.

Does God give a holy hoot about the Super Bowl?

By Kimberly Winston — January 30, 2017

(RNS) At least one-fourth of Americans think God will help either the New England Patriots or the Atlanta Falcons at the Super Bowl.

Sportscaster sues Fox Sports, saying he was fired for religious views against gay marriage

By Reuters — August 4, 2015

Former Patriots running back-turned sportscaster Craig James spoke out against gay marriage while running for the U.S. Senate and lost his TV job.

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