Brandin “the Archer” Cooks

The Archer. It sounds the latest movie the ever-expanding universe of Super Hero movies. But to football fans, the archer is someone else; Rams Wide Receiver Brandin Cooks. Cooks was drafted in the 1st Round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints.  He played in 10 games his rookie season, starting in … Continue reading Brandin “the Archer” Cooks

Faith Brockers – the Woman Behind the Lineman

Though there are many variations of the phrase, you have often heard it said; “Behind every successful man is a strong woman.”  Whether it was a mother, a wife, or another caring, supportive woman, this phrase rings true to many.  Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman, Michael Brokers, is no exception. Brockers is a 7-year NFL … Continue reading Faith Brockers – the Woman Behind the Lineman

Jackie Slater – Los Angeles Legend

Super Bowl Series: Many of you will undoubtedly attend Super Bowl parties this year, watching the big game with friends and family members.  As February 3rd approaches, A Lamp unto My Cleats will feature players from the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots each day.  My hope is that you will read these stories … Continue reading Jackie Slater – Los Angeles Legend

Slade Heathcott’s Inspiring Journey

  On January 14, 2019, there was a small piece of baseball news.  It wasn’t enough to push rumors of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado’s free agency off the front page.  It was barely more than a footnote. Slade Heathcott announced his retirement from baseball. You might have missed Heathcott’s career.  He only appeared in … Continue reading Slade Heathcott’s Inspiring Journey

Brandon Mebane – Walking by Faith

Prior to yesterday’s Division Round Playoff game between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Chargers, there was a moment of silence.  The football world paused for a moment to remember Makenna Mebane, daughter of Charger’s Defensive Tackle, Brandon Mebane. While still in the womb, Brandon and his wife, Amena, were informed that Makenna … Continue reading Brandon Mebane – Walking by Faith

Cody Parkey – a Champion in Defeat

The name Cody Parkey is now a part of NFL history. A week ago, Cody Parkey was anything but a household name.  Growing up fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, I remember him beginning his career in the Metallic Green and Black, and I fondly remember his Pro Bowl Season back in 2014.  After that season, … Continue reading Cody Parkey – a Champion in Defeat

Memorial Day and the Greatest Sacrifice

Memorial Day is a special day. It's important to take some time out of our lives to give thanks to the brave men and women who have risked their lives and sacrificed so much to protect us and to ensure our freedom.  Today we especially honor and remember those who have made the greatest sacrifice … Continue reading Memorial Day and the Greatest Sacrifice

Daniel Nava – The One Who Was Never Supposed to Make It

Daniel Nava was never supposed to be a star. He grew up near San Mateo, California, the home of NFL quarterback Tom Brady. Brady is a superstar.  Nava’s sports career was never expected to amount to much of anything. He was never a prospect. He was never recruited to lead a College Baseball program. He … Continue reading Daniel Nava – The One Who Was Never Supposed to Make It

David Hess’ Major League Debut

You may not know much about David Hess. That might change soon. Since being selected in the 5th round of the 2014 draft, David Hess has been a minor league pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles.  Of course, being a minor league pitcher for the Orioles isn’t exactly a promising proposition.  While the Oriole’s organization has … Continue reading David Hess’ Major League Debut