Summarized by Eric Bunker
Reid speaks on meaning of religion
Philadelphia PA Daily News 24May99 L5
By Paul Domowitch: Daily News Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA, PA - Vai Sikahema, a Channel 10 sportscaster and a current
bishop in the Philadelphia area, asked NFL Philadelphia Eagles Head coach
Andy Reid, who is also a church member, to speak to several hundred people
who packed into a local ward building. (Vai Sikahema is also a former
professional Football player, a former BYU star and a standout high school
athlete from Mesa, Arizona.)
The subject last night was salvation rather than football. The West Coast
offense never came up. Reid, who was in attendance with his wife, spoke to
a mesmerized gathering for more than 30 minutes. He told them of his
conversion to the Church at Brigham Young, and the important role his
religion plays in his life.
"As long as we take care of our spirit and cultivate it and allow it to
continue to grow, as long as we nourish it by going to church, that spirit
will continue to blossom," Reid said.
"I'm not saying I'm perfect, not by any means. But somewhere, I realized
through the teachings of our church that there's more than the big
[championship] rings, more than the Super Bowls, more than meeting the
Coach Reid called the Plan of Salvation "the ultimate game plan." He said
that, "All you've got to do is follow the coach. And that's the Lord."