Indianapolis - Yes, Peyton Manning, it’s OK to pray for help on the playing field.
The Indianapolis Colts quarterback said he sought some divine intervention before the Patriots' final drive in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, which ended with an interception thrown by Tom Brady.
“I said a little prayer on that last drive,” Manning said after the Colts’ victory earned them a trip to the Super Bowl. “I don’t know if you’re supposed to pray for stuff like that, but I said a little prayer.”
Religious experts said Manning’s prayer was appropriate as a gesture of faith, but they don’t agree on whether the Colts victory was the answer to his request.
Rev. Edward Wheeler, president of the Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, said his college football teammates sometimes asked him to pray for victory, but Wheeler instead prayed for the team’s ability to play its best.
“I don’t think Peyton’s prayer was answered with a Colts victory,” Wheeler said.
Sister Terese Boersig of Carmel of the Resurrection Monastery in Indianapolis said Manning’s prayer “absolutely” was within bounds.
“Now, what would not be appropriate is if you prayed that Tom Brady broke his leg,” Boersig said.
Peyton gets a break from the G-man. It's about time, God!