HACKENSACK, N.J. — More than 100 million people will watch the Super Bowl on TV, with another 78,000 packing MetLife Stadium, but will there be another set of eyes looking down on the Meadowlands? Could an Almighty fan be preparing to pull up a lounge chair a week from Sunday, take in the game and orchestrate the outcome?
More than 20% of Americans believe God has a say in who wins sporting events, according to a survey conducted this month by the Public Religion Research Institute.
Religion and sports, especially football, are deeply connected in American culture. Fans pray for victories, and many believe that players who pray are more likely to win. According to the institute's poll, 48% of Americans believe athletes of faith are rewarded with good health and success. That number jumps to 62% and 65% when asking white evangelical Protestants and minority Protestants, respectively.
So are the truly faithful rewarded with success on the field?
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