Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey missed a heartbreaking 43-yard field goal with 10 seconds left in his team’s NFL playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles, resulting in a 16-15 loss that eliminated his team. But, that didn’t stop Parkey from joining players from both teams in prayer at midfield immediately after the game.
Parkey’s kick had hit the left upright of the goalpost, then hit the crossbar, before falling just short. As his teammates consoled him, Parkey pointed to the heavens as he left the field - only to return after the game to pray at midfield with other Bears and Eagles players, SportsSectrum’s Jason Romano reports:
“Parkey’s reaction right after the missed kick was clearly sorrow and dejection. But immediately following that, on the NBC broadcast, he was shown pointing to the sky. And soon after, he joined the postgame prayer huddle with members of both teams at the 50-yard line.”
Cody Parkey’s prayerful response to a crushing defeat is a lesson in the importance of faith, in both good times and bad, Romano concludes:
“Parkey’s reaction is a great reminder that there are many more important things than football. Jesus remains on the throne in good times and bad.”