Sam Harris

Episode 93

9 NOV 2020

Currently an offensive lineman at Minnesota State University Moorhead.  Prior to that he was a two-time all-state and two-time all-conference selection with St. Mary’s Central High School in Bismarck, North Dakota, a private, Roman Catholic co-ed school where he also competed in boys’ varsity wrestling.

Guest quotes:

“I decided that football my whole life was my identity, and this last year I realized that my identity isn’t in football.”

“I was a cradle Catholic and I was blessed to go to twelve years of Catholic education.  So, it’s kind of just always been a part of my life.”

“I think the most radical thing you can do as a college student, the most counter-cultural thing you can do as a college student, is live out your faith.  And so, there’s always hope that, if you want to be a rebel, you gotta live your faith in college.”

“I was worried that I wouldn’t be surrounded by like-minded people.  I wouldn’t be surrounded by solid Catholics.  But I kind of looked at that as an opportunity to grow, as an opportunity to cement my faith.”

“My senior year of high school, freshman year of college, I wasn’t sure – I was either going to go with the way of the world or I was going to use what I learned and I was going to become even stronger in my faith, and luckily the latter happened.”

“The perspective of the human from the Catholic perspective is we’re a whole person, so we should be striving for excellence in all areas of our life.  And so that’s something I’ve tried to carry over from my faith to football and also to academics.”

“I realized that if I want to really live a life that isn’t just being known as a Catholic but has an identity as a Catholic, I had to grow close to the Eucharist.”

“It was no longer an intellectual understanding of the Eucharist.  It was no longer, ‘I know that that’s the body of Christ,’ it was, ‘I believe that that’s the body of Christ.  I can feel in my heart that that’s Jesus Christ on the altar.”

“It switched from desiring to be the guy that’s known as a Catholic, to desiring to be the guy whose identity is Catholicism.”

“When you grow close to the Eucharist and when you try to build a devotion to the Eucharist, God does not disappoint.  He continues to give you gifts in that effort.”

“I continued to pray, ‘Help me be comfortable feeling uncomfortable’.”

Related link:

Sam’s player bio page, MSUM football

(This episode contains a prayer by Gregg Easterbrook from the NFL.com and ESPN.com column “Monday Morning Quarterback,” as seen in Play Like A Champion Today’s prayerbook for sports, God, Be In My Sport)