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A powerful prayer for Penn State

Here’s a powerful moment just before Saturday’s Penn State-Nebraska game as Cornhuskers Assistant Coach Ron Brown seeks the Lord’s blessing.

PSU’s Nitanny Lions were about to take the field for the first time since their iconic coach, Joe Paterno, was fired along with the university’s president, Graham Spanier, in the scandal that has rocked the school — and the nation.

For the estimated 100,000 fans in the stands, the sight of athletes from both teams huddled in humility moved many to tears.

The 54-year-old Brown is legendary for his unabashed faith as well as his ability to coach good football. Twenty-seven of Brown’s players have gone on to play pro football. He has coached 37 academic all-conference players and two Academic All-Americans with the Huskers.


Ron Brown leading a word of prayer

He is the former Nebraska state director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and co-director of FreedMen, which challenges and inspires men and boys to take a strong courageous Christian stand in the public square. He has authored several books on Christian character and growth. He is an outspoken advocate on many issues, including adoption, abstinence and drug and alcohol education, race relations and anti-pornography.

He is a graduate of Brown University where he was a two-time first-team All-Ivy League performer as a defensive back. He was selected to Brown’s All-Century team and the school’s Sports Hall of Fame. Brown signed with three NFL teams as a free agent from 1979 to 1981.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Steve

    I am so glad to see and hear what Coach Brown did at the game. It is refreshing and uplifting that in this time of “winning and Dollars” to know their is a coach who respects life and teaches the true meaning of being a student athlete. Kudos to Coach Brown from a PSU fan

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment BARBARA

    WHAT THE HELL IS THE MATTER WITH JERRY SANDUSKY? WHAT A STUPID THING TO DO… TO INVEST ALL OF THAT TIME IN HIS JOB TO LOSE IT THAT FAST! What did he think he was doing did he think he’d get away with it? I am glad they chose to pray and humble themselves and I pray this never happens again./.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Tim Timothy

    PLEASE stop calling it a scandal Bill Clinton had a sex scandal, Joe Paterno had a systematic rape and molestation of children scandal. Pretty big difference.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment gloria

    God Bless each and everyone..We are a Blessed Nation and do not let these horrible
    things happen in our country . Attitudes must change, we as a people must change. Peoples hearts must change..God Bless and lift up in prayer.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Richard Mac Donald

    The worst part of this tragedy is that there are many more innocents that will pay the heavy price. Those guilty will be joined in discrace by the many victims of their lack of proper actions…..

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Brenda

    I was horrified to learn that an instituion like Penn State felt football was more important than children. I am so proud of the young men coming forward and telling there truths. It is hard to tell and hard to keep those secrets. Stay strong you speak for so many.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Bonnie Bonin

    Sorry Gloria! These things do and have happened in our Blessed Nation throughout history. You are correct that “things must change.” Only when we consider the happiness of those outside of ourselves (especially the children) a priority, will a most needed change begin. “Be the change you want to see in the world!” It all begins right here, right now.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment BARBARA

    Forget the “chain of command” these kids need help NOW!!! What’s with us are we stupid or what? I can tell you if I saw some kid being tortured like that,,the adult would be spitting out his teeth. We need to pull together and get this torture to kids stopped.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Van

    People(no exceptions)are in a “GREAT RACE TO BE HUMAN”! It so happens that some of us are doing a much better job at meeting this goal than others. What is really needed is for people to assimilate in their “HEARTS and MINDS” those values and attributes of character that has caused our nation to be one of the greatest on planet EARTH! “Happy Valley”,PA is a great place to start.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment pagansister

    Coaches have power over children,because the kids (no matter what age)in this situation, want to stay on the team and be called on to play in the games etc. No excuses for his behavior. Too bad that if took so long for this to be found out. Syracuse now has a possible problem. Tip of the ice berg? The schools need more than prayer!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment pagansister

    Unfortunately the coach at Penn State decided to take advantage of his players just like the RCC priests took advantage of the children in their churchs. (I know- he is innocent until “proven” guilty). No excuses for any person in power, male or female, to take advantage of their position.

  • Chris Heinz

    Join me in 40 Days of Prayer for Penn State. Get a daily email w/ devo, verse and prayer. Let’s turn history around.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment P Tucker

    Thanks to Mr. Brown for his witness to the glory of God – that he expressed his full faith in the Most High God. This is a huge blessing to me and surely to others in such broken times! Christ heals all our brokeness and replaces it with his loving mercy and joy! Thank you deeply for your loving conviction in our gracious Lord and Father.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Anne RN

    We live in a culture that worships athletes, coaches,and money. These programs are closed,elite,male societies unto themselves. Powerful men knew what had happened and did nothing to protect young children. Their money-making machine and personal reputations were of greater value. Is Penn State the tip of the iceburg?

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