Pope Francis: NFL values promote a ‘culture of encounter’


Pope Francis hosted a delegation of Pro Football Hall of Fame members and officials Wednesday at the Vatican, saying the NFL’s values promote a “culture of encounter” that is needed in the world.

Among the Hall of Fame members on the visit were Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who will be inducted at Canton this August, former Steelers great Franco Harris and legendary 49ers cornerback Ronnie Lott.

“Just to have an opportunity to shake his hand, to really feel his presence in person was one of the most memorable moments of my life,” Curtis Martin said, in a Hall of Fame tweet.

“I saw the same thing when you had to go through what you endured,” Johnson Cheap Jerseys AUStralia said during the NBA Awards Show. He said when he went to the hospital to visit Sager, he left “fired up.”

“I know we’ve tried to encouage you and all you’ve done is encourage us,” Johnson said.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich added in a video tribute: “I think of Monty and I think of Craig Sager and I can’t think of two better examples of courage.”

Upon accepting the award, Williams said, “When this situation came about, all I could think of was taking care of my kids and I couldn’t do that if I didn’t have the support of my NBA family.”

Howard was one of the few bright spots for the Bears last season. The fifth-round draft pick finished the season second in the league with 1,313 rushing yards, and he added six touchdowns. No Cheap Jerseys Basketball matter whether Mike Glennon or Mitchell Trubisky ends up starting at quarterback, the Bears need Howard to keep up that level of production.

The biggest factor for Howard going into 2017 is the departure of running backs coach Stan Drayton, who left the Bears to join Tom Herman’s staff at the University of Texas.

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