Author: Patrick McCaskey

Patrick McCaskey chronicles his Christian faith experience and its central meaning for him and others in the circle in which he has traveled as an executive of one of sports’ most storied franchises. Heroes both on and off the field come to life on the pages of this book. Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout presents:

  • Devoted Players
  • Inspired Coaches
  • Devout Who Serve Others
  • People Making a Difference

Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout is a personal chronicle of Chicago Bears Senior Director Patrick McCaskey that looks back at decades of spiritual enrichment and life lessons from athletes, coaches, religious and everyday people. McCaskey recalls the stories of those who strived to make the cut on and off the field, plus people who left comfortable lives to serve the underserved in extraordinary ways.

Here are the stories of team owners George Halas, Art Rooney and Well Mara, plus inspirational players like Brian Piccolo, Bill Wade, Tim Foley, Brian Cabral, and Danny Abramowicz. Also examined are lives of extraordinary people who decided not to pursue a life of sports because they were tugged in another direction, John Smyth, Wayne Gordon, Don Nevins and Joe Freedy. What’s more, Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout looks at some who simply set out to help those who needed help the most: John Perkins, Ignatius McDermott, and others.

Athletes often face difficult lifestyle choices and moral challenges. Many professional sports teams work with religious men and women to help players and staff continue their spiritual enrichment. The Chicago Bears bring in speakers and inspiring men and women who share their faith and life-lessons with players. According to the author, “We don’t force feed anyone, but faith is fundamental to our caretaking efforts.” The Bears are also involved in many charities that are directed and supported by amazing people from all walks of life. Personal experiences of growing up in an exceptional sports family are also shared. Patrick McCaskey has been at the center of it all. Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout takes you out on the streets, into the football fields, up to the podiums and in some instances, on your knees. Sports and Faith: Stories of The Devoted and The Devout is Book 1 in a planned series of Sports and Faith books to be published by Sporting Chance Press, Inc.


Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout
Sporting Chance Press
ISBN: 978-0-9819-3423-5-
224 pages, paperback,
January 2011