NFL Steelers coach Mike Tomlin take knee prayer

While commissioner Roger Goodell seems increasingly intent on conforming the NFL to meet the radical left’s ‘standards’, there have been a few bright spots recently. For me, however, the pinnacle moment came last week when Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin delivered a uniting speech before leading his team in taking a knee in prayer.

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Mike Tomlin Gives Powerful Speech

Before the Pittsburgh Steelers practice at Heinz Field last Friday, Tomlin took the field with the team and Steelers President Art Rooney II and General Manager Kevin Colbert flanking him. Mike Tomlin has been the Pittsburgh Steelers head coach now for 13 seasons.

The coach proceeded to give a powerful speech about injustice before kneeling with the team in prayer. 

“Good evening,” Tomlin began. “This evening as we go about our normal football business, we come before you standing united as an organization, as a football team, as football men. From different ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and even countries of origin. We stand united by our talent and our love for the game of football. That love and those talents have taught us great tolerance and understanding. We realize that those blessings put us in the minority.”

Steelers Coach Sums Up 2020

Mike Tomlin wasn’t done there. He wanted his Steelers players and their fans to consider the lens through which we view the turmoil of 2020.

“We’ve learned a lot of lessons in 2020, being from the pandemic or the social unrest. The big perspective that it provided us is regardless of how big and important this game is for us, it’s small in the big scheme of things. We also realize we are privileged to have a platform. We are committed to taking action and being a part of the solution to face social injustice and prejudice that we all face, not only in our country, but worldwide. It is our desire to be active participants in the formation of a more perfect union.

That being said, we realize recent events are a continued reminder of how far we are from that. We stand before you acknowledging that we are blessed and privileged. But that privilege does not shield us from sadness. This privilege does not shield us from shock or outrage. It does not shield us from fear, fear for our safety, or a loved one or an uncertain future. Beyond being football men, first and foremost we are husbands, fathers, brothers, sons, uncles, members of a community. We wanted to pause and share with those that are hurting tonight that we see you, that we hear you, but most importantly we stand with you.

Then Mike Tomlin And The Pittsburgh Steelers Knelt In Prayer

And in the end, the 48-year-old Virginia native reminded us of the most important lesson. How, together, we can best move forward and heal. We pray.

Now we take a moment to come together in the middle of the field as a group of men and pray for betterment. Thank you.”

You can watch a video of the Steelers’ moving display and coach Mike Tomlin’s speech in the tweet below. The image of these grown men kneeling together in prayer at around 3:30 gave me chills.

We Need More Mike Tomlins – And Prayer – In The NFL

Tomlin’s speech could not have been more refreshing given everything that has happened in the past few months.

Most NFL “activists” have used taken this opportunity to shame America and focus on what divides us. But the Steelers head coach opted to take the opposite route and instead urge that Americans to come together. 

If only more NFL teams would take a knee in prayer, rather than during the national anthem. If they did that, perhaps more fans would actually start watching again. 

Let’s share this powerful moment. Americans need to see this right now. This team and their coach didn’t kneel for the anthem, they kneeled before God.

This isn’t the message the mainstream media wants to share so we’ll just have to do it ourselves. 

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