The Bible Verse Backfield

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo — well, maybe not directly because of that — the Arena Football League announced yesterday that its Birmingham Steeldogs will be hosting Football Faith Night in its game against the Louisville Fire that evening. The teams will wear the word "SAMSON" across the front of their jerseys, which means, we assume, that crewcuts will be banned. But that's not the exciting part.

Specific Bible chapter and verse references will be created by combining the names and numerals on the backs of each player. Instead of having the player's last name, it will be replaced by a book of the Bible. The number on the jersey will correspond to a chapter and verse of that particular book.

For example, Steeldogs quarterback Ryan Hawk wears jersey number 12. On May 5, he'll still wear number 12, but the name on his back will change from "HAWK" to "JAMES", referencing the book of James, Chapter 1 Verse 2.

Players with the numbers 4 and 6 are discouraged to line up next to each other behind Hawk, particularly if they happen to score a touchdown. While they take turns pretending to give birth to the ball and call their agents on cellphones hidden in their helmets, the Birmingham scoreboard points out that James 4:6 reads, "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble."

Hey, we got all Biblical on you there for a second. That was fun.

Football Faith Night [Tulsa Today]