Stefen Wisniewski Leads Post-Super Bowl Prayer, Offers An Intercession For Philadelphia
Shortly after the Philadelphia Eagles secured the franchise’s first Super Bowl title Sunday night, offensive lineman and Penn State alum Stefen Wisniewski was overcome with emotion and led a group of teammates in prayer, thanking God for helping his team overcome the season’s adversity.
ESPN producer and Sports Spectrum host Jason Romano captured Wisniewski’s poignant offering of gratitude, which players such as Torrey Smith, Zach Ertz, and Malcolm Jenkins joined hands in.
— Jason Romano (@JasonRomano) February 5, 2018
Grateful post-game prayers with a team-focused mentality are nothing new to Wisniewski — a devout Christian who openly talks about his faith in the media.
While Wisniewski starred on the offensive line at Penn State, Joe Paterno ended every post-game speech with the team reciting the “Our Father” prayer together. In Paterno’s son Jay’s eulogy for his father, he recalled the weekly tradition and why the elder Paterno loved it so much: “Every pronoun is plural– ‘we’ and us.’ There is no ‘I’ or ‘me.'”
Wisniewski’s prayer after the Super Bowl echoed a similar message, never using a singular first-person pronoun.
“This team had so many injuries, we had no business being here, but this group of 53-plus guys is a majority, but when God is for you, no one can be against you,” he said.
Later in the evening, Wisniewski offered another prayer, this time on a much lighter note and for the sake of the city of Philadelphia. “We should all take a minute to pray for inanimate objects on the streets of Philly,” he tweeted.
We should all take a minute to pray for inanimate objects on the streets of Philly- they are in grave danger.
— Stefen Wisniewski (@stefenwiz61) February 5, 2018
Judging by how rowdy the celebration 193 miles away was and by the looks of what was shared on social media, the prayer for the City of Brotherly Love was certainly well-intentioned.
Meanwhile, in Philadelphia: a play in three acts. pic.twitter.com/e9ibHKwL1M
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