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Pope Francis: Teamwork and fair play needed off the field as well as on

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Pope Francis welcomed a contingent from the Pro Football Hall of Fame to the Vatican on Wednesday for what the Hall calls the first such meeting for an American sports organization.

The group, which included Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Hall of Famers Curtis Martin, Chris Doleman, Ronnie Lott, Jim Taylor, Franco Harris and Floyd Little, presented Pope Francis with a Hall of Fame jersey and a gold helmet. The pontiff opened his remarks with thanks to the group and a joke about being a lifelong fan of what much of the rest of the world calls football before moving on to share what he thinks society can learn from football.

“Teamwork, fair play and the pursuit of personal excellence are the values — in the religious sense, we can say virtues — that have guided your own commitment on the field,” Pope Francis said. “Yet these same values are urgently needed off the field, on all levels of our life as a community. They are the values that help build a culture of encounter, in which we anticipate and meet the needs of our brothers and sisters, and combat the exaggerated individualism, indifference and injustice that hold us back from living as one human family. How greatly our world needs this culture of encounter!”

Doleman called meeting Pope Francis “one of those life-changing moments” and Jones called it “magnificent” to have the pontiff “recognize pro football.”

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16 Responses to “Pope Francis: Teamwork and fair play needed off the field as well as on”
  1. 700levelvet says: Jun 21, 2017 2:45 PM

    I guess LT was incarcerated… This is an absolute joke

  2. pigchampion says: Jun 21, 2017 2:57 PM

    and just like that Jerry lowered the tickets to affordable prices for everyone. lol

  3. truthbetold109 says: Jun 21, 2017 3:09 PM

    I actually think this is a good thing.

  4. MichaelEdits says: Jun 21, 2017 3:09 PM

    Y’all just write your own punch lines. I know you already have.

  5. Drunk Uncle says: Jun 21, 2017 4:02 PM

    When asked if he ever rooted for Notre Dame, Pope Francis chortled and said, “Of course not! What do you take me for, some kind of homer?”

  6. clashpoint says: Jun 21, 2017 4:11 PM

    I think this guy is my favorite Pope so far. Apparently, at one point in his younger days, he used to be a bar bouncer. As a frequent visitor of bars on game days, I find that a very honorable profession.

  7. emphraser says: Jun 21, 2017 4:13 PM

    Think it matters to Jerry that even after recognizing American pro football Pope Francis still refers to it as hand-egg amongst friends?

    Football is played with feet and a ball.
    American football is played hands and an egg. Though what makes it truly American is the fans not caring what the rest of the world thinks or what words mean.

  8. willyalistentothis says: Jun 21, 2017 4:49 PM

    I hope Jerry did not make any “glory hole” references.

  9. medialovesthecowboys says: Jun 21, 2017 4:50 PM

    Pope Francis is a blowhard.
    Cares about nothing other than everyone liking him. As useless as the Queen of England.

  10. medialovesthecowboys says: Jun 21, 2017 4:54 PM

    Jesus preached humility and the opposite of seeing fame and notoriety in this world. The pope has a music album. Look it up.
    Catholicism is bogus.

  11. averagjoe says: Jun 21, 2017 5:02 PM

    It’s too late to offer this pope a helmet…he acts like he’s already had too many concussions.

  12. jayhawk6 says: Jun 21, 2017 5:36 PM

    Jerry Jones lead a delegation to meet the Pope? There may be two more diametrically opposite people in the world, but that could not have been the criteria for choosing the members of this group.

  13. stellarperformance says: Jun 21, 2017 8:04 PM

    The Pope is OK. He seems to have a kind heart…….just the opposite of nearly every “Christian” I’ve ever met.

  14. filthymcnasty3 says: Jun 22, 2017 2:37 PM

    Coincidentally, the Pope has the same number of Superbowl rings as Doleman.

  15. fmc651 says: Jun 23, 2017 9:15 AM

    The south is full of hypocritical, phony Christians. Some are member of white supremacy groups. If they are not members. They seem to have trouble denouncing those groups. But they are on here throwing stones at the Pope. Check yourselves.

  16. fmc651 says: Jun 23, 2017 9:22 AM

    Did Jerry ask the Pope to kiss his rings?

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