This is a transcript of Todd’s opening monologue. Click here to listen to the full program.
The Super Bowl was a star-spangled celebration that focused on God and Country. And when it came time for the national anthem – not a single person took a knee.
The musical artist Pink delivered a soul-stirring rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” even though she was suffering from the flu.
And the coin toss was left in the capable hands of Woody Williams – a 94 year old Marine Veteran – and Medal of Honor recipient.
But perhaps the most poignant moment came after the Philadelphia Eagles claimed the Lombardi trophy.
Head Coach Doug Pederson, who once coached at a Baptist high school, gave glory to his “Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Quarterback Nick Foles also honored the Lord during his remarks at the trophy presentation.
Foles said he plans on becoming a youth pastor after he finishes his football career. He is currently an online divinity student at Liberty University.
“We’re just so proud,” Liberty University president Jerry Falwell, Jr. said on the Todd Starnes Radio Show. “It’s wonderful to see a team like the Eagles succeed and not be ashamed of their faith.”
Falwell said the university’s campus tower was bathed in green lights to honor the Eagles and to honor Foles.
“We could not be more proud,” Falwell said.
Liberty University’s president also offered some advice on how to handle rogue NFL players who refuse to stand for the national anthem. Click here to listen to the full interview.
The character of Coach Pederson and Nick Foles and other like-minded players suggests there may still be hope for the NFL — they might just be able to win back their base.
But the NFL still has a great big mess to clean up – and i’m not talking about that halftime show.
They need get back to the basics — the x’s and the o’s — but most of all — the NFL has to stand up to players who take a knee.
There are a lot of fences to mend – but on Super Bowl Sunday — the NFL got it right.