Nick Foles – the Backup Plan

    There may not be any two better words to sum up Nick Foles’ NFL career so far than these; “Backup Plan.” It all started with the 2012 NFL Draft. The Eagles and head coach Andy Reid went into the draft with two pressing needs; Defensive Front (linemen and linebackers) and a Quarterback. The … Continue reading Nick Foles – the Backup Plan

Against All Odds – Torrey Smith

Torrey Smith didn’t have it easy. Smith was born on January 26, 1989 in Richmond, Virginia.  His mother, Monica, became pregnant with him when she was only 15 years old - his father was 25.  When Smith was born, he was ill with meningitis and jaundice, and weighed only 5.6 pounds.  His first 10 weeks … Continue reading Against All Odds – Torrey Smith

Brandon Graham – Life Lessons from Mom and Dad

    Young Brandon Graham was like any other kid.  Full of life.  Full of energy.  And, sometimes, he could be a handful. His mother, Tasha Graham, recalls on a video entitled "Brandon Graham's Story;" “We would always go to my Auntie’s house and they had a bird.  And it would always call Brandon’s name … Continue reading Brandon Graham – Life Lessons from Mom and Dad

Halapoulivaati Vaitai; Soft-Spoken Strength

Updated March 17, 2020 On March 16, 2020, the Detroit Lions signed offensive tackle, Halapoulivaati Vaitai to a 5-year $50 million contract. It has left many people asking the same question: "Who is this guy?" Having only started 4 games over the past 2 seasons, that's a fair question. Halapoulivaati Vaitai was a 5th Round … Continue reading Halapoulivaati Vaitai; Soft-Spoken Strength

The Gospel According to “G” – with Garry Cobb

A quick note: I was born in Philadelphia.  Needless to say; I have been a diehard Eagles fan for over 30 years now.  As the Eagles prepare for Super Bowl LII, “A Lamp unto My Cleats” is going to shift our focus for the next week or so.  Instead of looking at the game of … Continue reading The Gospel According to “G” – with Garry Cobb

JJ Hoover – Matthew 20:27-28

Love what you do. Make a lot of money. Retire and enjoy it. That’s pretty much the American dream. At one point, that was Washington Nationals pitcher, JJ Hoover’s dream too. He wrote in an Article for the Increase entitled “In a New Light;” “While I was growing up, my intent was to play baseball, … Continue reading JJ Hoover – Matthew 20:27-28

Steve Cishek – 1 Corinthians 10:31

The New Year will soon be upon us.  We prepare to say goodbye to 2017 and welcome in 2018.  Many of us will use this as an opportunity to recommit ourselves to live better lives than we’ve been living.  My very first blog post here on A Lamp unto My Cleats was about relief pitcher … Continue reading Steve Cishek – 1 Corinthians 10:31

James McCann – Mark 10:27

    1-in-4. Jim and Carla McCann were a Christian couple living in Southern California.  About 5 years into their marriage, they were ready to start a family.  Carla became pregnant, and, for nearly 9 months, everything was perfect.  About 3 days before he was due to be born, the boy stopped kicking.  Carla went … Continue reading James McCann – Mark 10:27

Robinson Chirinos – Mark 9:23

Robinson Chirinos was always a long shot to make it to the major leagues.  In 2000, he was signed as an infielder by the Chicago Cubs out of Punto Fijo, in the oil producing region of Venezuela.  But, as his minor league career progressed, it became clear that he wasn’t going to make it as … Continue reading Robinson Chirinos – Mark 9:23