Patriots team chaplain Jack Easterby (right) with lineman Nate Solder (77) in a 2016 game. (Photo Courtesy: TheGreatestChampion.org)
THIS IS EPISODE 73 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST
Jack Easterby is in his 5th season as the New England Patriots Team Character Coach as well as a Director of Team Development. In addition to his current role with the Patriots, Easterby has served in consulting roles for the National Football League, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Southeastern Conference, the University of South Carolina, Clemson University, the United States Olympic Teams, as well as being entrusted with dozens of head coaching searches at both power five and mid major universities for multiple sports. He is a trusted confidant to players and coaches alike.
On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Jack about the Patriots 2017 season, how this Super Bowl season differs from last year, Tom Brady off the field, and how players like Matthew Slater and Nate Solder are living out their faith in Christ as leaders on the team.
2:15 – What the 2017 Super Bowl season was like and watching the Patriots beat the Jaguars.
3:05 – Seeing new players on the team experience a Super Bowl season.
5:05 – His role and how he became a part of the Patriots organization.
7:25 – What the team Bible studies look like each week.
9:45 – How he balances being the team chaplain with being a “character coach” and ministering to those who aren’t believers.
12:30 – His relationship with Tom Brady
15:40 – Patriots players who are followers of Christ
19:40 – What Super Bowl week in Minneapolis looks like compared to other normal weeks.
“How can we push people to become better men? How can we love the rooms, the couples better than we found them? The center of that is God’s word. How can we communicate God’s word?”
“Every year we set a theme. This year our theme was authentic, being an authentic man. Real recognizing real. Focusing on God’s character. Real love, real truth, authentic.”
“We base everything we do off of God. He has a plan and purpose for each and everyone of us.”
“It’s not about titles, it’s about your love for other people. The goal is to grow people. You put your hand in their hand, you put your eyes on their eyes, you love them, you serve them, you push them, you grow them and you do whatever it takes for them to see Christ in you. That’s the call for all Christians.”
“It’s been a privilege and blessing to walk the road with him (Tom Brady). To see him grow as a man, a husband and a father, to impact everyone in this building. It’s a privilege to watch him use his gifts. He’s an awesome dude.”
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