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Bears Kicker Who Missed Winning Field Goal: ‘Through Good or Bad, Give Praise to Jesus’

Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey entered the NFL history books for all the wrong reasons this season, when he missed a game-winning field goal that would have sent his Chicago Bears to the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.

After the missed kick, which was tipped by an opposing player, Parkey was seen praying with his teammates and giving thanks to God. On The Today Show last week, Parkey explained: “Something I’ve always tried to do through good or bad is to give praise to the higher power, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Football is what I do, not who I am.”

The 26-year-old said saying a prayer after each game with his teammates was one of his favorite parts of professional football.

“After the game, one of the coolest things is the prayer we do,” he said on The Today Show. “You get done battling the other team for 60 minutes, and we all join in prayer. We’re praying for safety and health and that the team gets home safely. It’s really encouraging and something I look forward to.”

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