Super Bowl LII Champions Zach Ertz and Jordan Hicks of the Philadelphia Eagles Live with Faith On The Field Show at Eastern University

April 11, 2018, St. Davids, PA:  Eastern University and Faith On The Field Show are excited to welcome Super Bowl LII champions Zach Ertz and Jordan Hicks of the Philadelphia Eagles for a special live event on Wednesday, April 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the University Gym on the St. Davids, PA campus. Space is limited for this free, ticketed event open to the Eastern University community of students, faculty and staff. The event will be viewable from the University’s Facebook page via Facebook live. 

Faith On The Field Show will feature a one-hour discussion with Super Bowl champions Ertz and Hicks, who will share their experiences as professional athletes and men of faith. Ertz, a Pro Bowl tight end last season, had the game-winning touchdown catch against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII with 2:21 remaining in the game.  Hicks led all NFL linebackers with five interceptions in 2016. As professing Christians in the National Football League, the players will discuss how their faith impacts their lives on and off the field. 

In a January 2018 video interview with Faith On The Field Show and Eastern University discussing the courage to glorify God, Ertz said, “My faith has led to probably my best year that I have had in the NFL... Having that courage, and having those guys be able to encourage me, being able to go out there and preach the word - it is an honor to be able to do that…My priority is to glorify God each and every day, each and every situation, that is the one thing I have been called to do…” To see the full video, visit eastern.edu/eagles.

Segments from the event will air on Faith On The Field Show on 610 Sports ESPN Radio. Media personality Rob Maaddi hosts the show, which debuted in April 2017.  Eastern University Senior Lecturer in Kinesiology, Doug Horton '99, and Pastor Kyle Horner are co-hosts. 

Maaddi, a longtime Associated Press sports writer, author and radio/TV personality, has built relationships with many Christian professional athletes over the years. Many of them have already been featured on the show, which focuses on the impact of faith in the sports world. In addition to his role as Senior Lecturer in Kinesiology at Eastern, Horton also serves as Program Director and Clinical Coordinator for the Athletic Training Education Program and Director of the Life Fitness Program. He brings specific insight from his experience in these areas to the show. Horner planted The Connect Church with campuses in Cherry Hill and Randolph, NJ as well as Philadelphia, PA. 

Faith On The Field Show has already brought two live special events to the Eastern University campus. In September 2017, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, tight end Trey Burton and offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski spoke to approximately 2,000 attendees.  The first event, held in April 2017, featured Philadelphia Phillies pitchers Jerad Eickhoff and Jeanmar Gómez. 

Faith On The Field Show is broadcast on ESPN's Philadelphia radio affiliate, 610 Sports WTEL-AM, on Sunday afternoons from Noon to 1 p.m. ET. It’s also heard live on iHeart and TuneIn radio apps and podcasts are available on iTunes and FaithOnTheFieldShow.com

Seating for the event begins at 6:00 p.m., and attendees are requested to be seated by 6:40 p.m. The program will be held in the University Gym at 1300 Eagle Rd. St. Davids, PA 19087. For the latest event details and parking information visit eastern.edu/faithonthefield.  Please allow ample time to park, shuttle and secure your seat.

Eastern University is a Christian university of the arts and sciences located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia at 1300 Eagle Road in St. Davids, PA. Eastern enrolls approximately 3,500 students in its undergraduate, graduate, professional, urban, Seminary and international programs. Its core values of faith, reason and justice are woven into all of its educational programs. For more information on the University visit www.eastern.edu.  For media inquiries contact Denise McMillan, Communications Director, 610-341-4365, dmcmill@eastern.edu.

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