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Cancer-stricken fan buys newspaper ad to cheer Broncos

Kara Christian, the Bronco Lady super fan, at the age of 51, trying out for the Denver Broncos cheerleader squad (Credit: Denver Post) Kara Christian has been a Denver Broncos fan since the age of five.  She even tried out to be a Broncos cheerleader at the age of 51.  (She didn't make the cut.)  

She waited nine years before finally receiving her season tickets in 1996.  Even though she worked out of state for the next nine years, she returned to Denver for as many games as she could.  When she couldn't make it back, she had friends send overnight parcels with VHS tapes of the broadcast.  A college professor, she warned students that she would fail them if they told her the outcome of the game before she watched the video.

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Seahawks' legally deaf fullback thanks God for blessings

Seahawks running back Derrick Coleman talks to students at Baker Middle School in Tacoma about how he's gained success despite a hearing impairment, December 10, 2013 (Credit: The News Tribune/Joe Barretine)Derrick Coleman, the first legally deaf offensive player in the National Football League, is one of the most uplifting stories of this year's Super Bowl.  Recently, a nine-year-old hearing-impaired girl wrote to thank him for being her "insperation" and said, "Just try your best.  I have faif in you."  Her father tweeted a photo of her note, which then generated more than 800,000 page views on ESPN.com.  Derrick responded with a handwritten letter in which he said, "Even though we wear hearing aids, we can still accomplish our goals & dreams!"

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Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning's conversion

Peyton Manning, quarterback for the Denver Broncos, speaks to reporters at a press conference the Thursday following the AFC Championship game, January 23, 2014 (Credit: Denver Broncos)As this year's Super Bowl approaches, all eyes are on the weather.  Hall of Fame player Mike Ditka calls the decision to play the game outside in New Jersey "stupid."  Others think it's a "great idea."  As of this morning, the high on Sunday is forecast to be 36 degrees, with possible snow showers.

While some are watching conditions in the sky, this week we're thinking about the players on the ground.  Each day we'll discover the Christian commitment of one of the Super Bowl athletes.  Yesterday we learned the faith story of the Seattle Seahawks' quarterback, Russell Wilson; today we'll hear from Peyton Manning, quarterback of the Denver Broncos.

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson met Jesus in a dream

Russell Wilson (C), quarterback for the Seattle Seahawsk, celebrates victory in the 2014 NFC Championship game in Seattle with general manager, John Schneider (L), and coach Pete Carroll (R), in Seattle, January 19, 2014 (Credit: Seattle Seahawks/Rod Mar)The Seattle Seahawks will play the Denver Broncos in this Sunday's Super Bowl.  In a recent interview with Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll, four Seahawks players and an assistant coach discussed their faith.  The coach stated that "Jesus is better than anything... even better than the Super Bowl, better than an NFL career, any of that."  Quarterback Russell Wilson was one of the players nodding in agreement.

There was a time when he wouldn't have been so affirming.  In a video titled "The Making of a Champion," Wilson says, "I was kind of a bad kid," explaining that "I used to beat up kids and bite kids and do stuff all the time."

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Should Christians see 'Devil's Due'?

Allison Miller as Samantha McCall, early in her pregnancy, standing over a crib in a scene from the upcoming Twentieth Century Fox movie, Devil's Due (Credit: Twentieth Century Fox)Devil's Due was released last week.  Here's the plot: a couple on their honeymoon ends up in a satanic-style nightclub and later finds themselves unexpectedly pregnant.  The wife begins craving raw meat (despite being a vegetarian) and demonstrates telekinetic abilities and unusual strength.  When they attend a holy communion at their church, the priest who married them violently coughs up blood.  The husband learns that a strange symbol he sees in their honeymoon videos is related to summoning the Antichrist.  The wife eventually stabs herself in the stomach and dies after the baby is stolen.

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