2017-09-13 / Religion

The Lord's Prayer & The Chicago Bears

submitted by Garland Mears

Motivational speakers have the best stories.

John Cassis is one of our nation's finest motivational speakers.

He tells about a time when he was serving as one of the chaplains for the Chicago Bears during their glory years of the 1980's.

As John tells it, head coach Mike Ditka was about to deliver a locker room pep talk one day. He looked up and saw defensive tackle William "Refrigerator" Perry.

How could he not see him? At 338 pounds, the Fridge stood out even in a crowd of pro football players.

Ditka gestured to the Fridge. " When I get finished," he said, "I'd like you to close with the Lord's Prayer."

Then the coach began his talk.

Meanwhile, Jim Mc- Mahon, the brash and outspoken quarterback at the time, tapped John Cassis on the arm.

"Look at Perry," Mc- Mahon whispered, "he doesn't know the Lord's Prayer."

Sure enough, Perry sat with a look of panic on his face, his head in his hands. He was sweating profusely.

"Everybody knows the Lord's Prayer," said Cassis to McMahon in disbelief.

After a few minutes of watching the Refrigerator leaking several gallons of sweat, McMahon (never known as a genius himself) nudged Cassis again, "I'll bet you 50 bucks Fridge doesn't know the Lord's Prayer."

As Cassis tells the story, he stops to reflect on the absurdity of it all: "Here we were sitting in chapel and betting 50 bucks on the Lord's Prayer."

When Coach Ditka finished his pep talk, he asked all the men to remove their caps. Then he nodded at Perry and bowed his head.

It was quiet for a few moments before the Fridge spoke in a shaky voice, "Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord, my soul to keep."

Cassis again felt the tap on his shoulder. It was Jim McMahon. "Here's the 50 bucks, Padre," he whispered. "I had no idea Perry knew the Lord's Prayer."

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