The secret spiritual life of football

SPIRITUAL IQ QUIZ — Football. It’s more than just men running around a field getting sweaty. Its physicality makes it a test of nerve. Its complexity makes it a test of brains. Talk to many professional players and they’ll tell you it’s a test of the spirit, too.

Football is more than just a turkey-day tradition. Indeed, it’s also a spiritual exercise. After all, can there be a better example of how to give thanks than an end-zone Hail Mary dance?

Let’s find out how much you know about the secret spiritual lives of 49ers coach Mike Singletary, Dolphins running back Ricky Williams, “Minister of Defense” Reggie White and their NFL brethren.

San Francisco 49ers Coach Mike Singletary, an ordained minister, earned what nickname during his career as a linebacker with the Chicago Bears?

Hall of fame linebacker Reggie White, an ordained evangelical minister, was known for closely studying what religious text near the end of his life?

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Running Back Josh Scobey is unusual in the NFL because he follows what faith tradition?

Miami Dolphins Running Back Ricky Williams is known for what spiritual activity outside of football?

Six-foot-five, 300-pound Baltimore Ravens Middle Linebacker Ray Lewis is an avid practitioner of:

Former 49ers quarterback Steve Young is descended from which religious leader?

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