This Football Coach Just Gave Players an Inspiring Gift

Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt is a man of faith, a man of compassion and one heck of a football coach, taking the unranked Miami Hurricanes and turning them into a winning football team and helping them become one of the top 25 teams in the nation. But what sets Mark Richt apart from most coaches is his compassion towards the players and how he wants his players to not only grow to become great players but to become great men.

When Coach Richt heard that some of his players didn’t have Bibles and that some of the ones who did had older versions — which made it harder to read and understand — he sought out the help of the team chaplain Steve DeBardelaben in order to make sure that everyone on the team had a Bible.

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COMMENTSHurricanes head coach Mark Richt is a man of faith, a man of compassion and one heck of a football coach, taking the unranked Miami Hurricanes and turning them into a winning football team and helping them become one of the top 25 tams in the nation. But what sets Mark Richt apart from most coaches is his compassion towards the players and how he wants his players to not only grow to become great players but to become great men.

When Coach Richt heard that some of his players didn’t have Bibles and that some of the ones who did had older versions — which made it harder to read and understand — he sought out the help of the team chaplain Steve DeBardelaben in order to make sure that everyone on the team had a Bible.

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“DeBardelaben helped Richt acquire enough Bibles for his entire team and coaching staff and had each one personalized. During Sunday’s team meetings, the Bibles were given out and Richt said that while it was optional his players and staffers take them, he wanted to make sure everyone had the option of having a new Bible if they wanted it,” reported the Sun Sentinel.

“I told the guys, ‘It’s a choice. If you want to just leave it at the chair, you can. If you want to take it with you, you can. If you want to give it to somebody, you can. But I just heard enough guys say they didn’t have one and some guys said they had older versions that were harder to understand,” Richt said Wednesday. “We have chapel before the games and its 100 percent voluntary. Some guys go, and some guys don’t. There will be times I’ll give them those wise sayings from Proverbs, the book of wisdom. If anyone would take the challenge of reading a proverb a day, you’re going to get wiser. It’s good stuff. I just wanted to make it available to them.”

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