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Reid speaks on meaning of religion

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 president."

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."

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