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Wednesday, May 13, 2009 01:02 am

SAY A LITTLE PRAYER

Of Mack Strong, an ex-fullback who helped the Seattle Seahawks to a Super Bowl appearance in 2006, Seahawks QB Matt Hasselback once said, “Mack is a man of deep integrity. He’s like a moral compass for all of us.” Let’s pray Strong’s needle doesn’t break when he appears before a room filled with Illinois politicians at the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday, May 20, at the Crowne Plaza.

Strong, who is the featured speaker at this year’s breakfast, says praying regularly over the course of his football career made a huge difference in his both his professional and personal life. “I just noticed I’m a different person when I pray as opposed to when I don’t,” Strong tells Cap City.

Though he’s glad to be visiting Springfield now that “issues with the governor,” referring to the impeachment and removal of the now-indicted Rod Blagojevich have been more or less been resolved, Strong plans to avoid politics in his address. “Most people, no matter if they claim to be people of faith or not, have some kind of moral code that they follow,” he says. “I think that’s something that resonates with everybody.” Tickets for the breakfast can still be purchased for $20 by calling 782-7436.

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