Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

In a room full of men left without answers, less than 28 hours after finding out Jovan Belcher had ended two lives, including his own, Kansas City Chiefs running back Peyton Hillis stood before his armored co-workers with an emotional pregame message.

He cited this bible verse, Ephesians 6:10-20, which he’d also written on a T-shirt to be worn underneath his pads during Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, urging the players in a crowded locker room to take strength in this moment, to stand side by side for one another.

This was among the roughest of days for a team, not only because of the senseless and horrific actions of a friend one morning earlier, nor because these men would now literally don the armor of their craft to play what some outsiders believe is nothing more than a game, but because these are the days when life’s depths are explored.

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