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

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

Jackie Robinson: Turning the Other Cheek

  Every year on April 15th Major League Baseball Celebrates Jackie Robinson Day.  Every player on the field wears the number 42, as they celebrate the day in which Jackie Robinson played his first major league baseball game for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking the color barrier back in 1947.  Robinson’s story is well-known.  There is, … Continue reading Jackie Robinson: Turning the Other Cheek

Steven Souza Jr. – The Importance of Teammates

    It is not good for man to be alone. When God first created Adam in the garden, he was all alone.  No spouse.  No friends.  No family.  Our Triune God knew that we couldn’t live out our lives in His image if we had no one to love and care for.  So God … Continue reading Steven Souza Jr. – The Importance of Teammates

Matt Forte – The Workhouse Returns to His Stable

    Change can be terrifying. Running back, Matt Forte, is going through a major change in his life right now.  After 10 seasons in the NFL, Forte will be hanging up his cleats.  Forte played college football at Tulane, was drafted by the Bears in the 2nd round of the 2008 draft, and then … Continue reading Matt Forte – The Workhouse Returns to His Stable

Ben Revere – A Little Guy with Big Dreams

    5’9’’ Ben Revere never thought he would ever be able to play major league baseball - ever. His goal was simply to play college baseball.  During his senior year of high school, Division 1 colleges like University of Georgia, Florida, Florida State, and Miami showed interest in him.  It appeared that his dream … Continue reading Ben Revere – A Little Guy with Big Dreams