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Minnesota Vikings coach brings faith to the field

MANKATO, Minn. — Each morning, Pat Shurmur pulls out a laminated card with his priorities for the day.

"We as coaches laminate everything. You never know when you're going to get caught in the rain," said Shurmur, 52, the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings.

The card has prayers and reminders of how he wants to live out his Catholic faith. His card includes petitions to St. Patrick and St. Joseph, a coach's prayer and one his father, Joe, used during a terminal illness. The card also lists his family members' birthdays and includes a "be list," characteristics he wants to live by. "It's just a reminder to be a good husband, a good father and good son, good friend (and a) good teacher," said Shurmur, a father of four who has been married to his wife, Jennifer, for 27 years.

Shurmur takes those reminders into his work with the Vikings as he begins his 16th season coaching in the NFL.

"My Catholic faith influences really every facet of my life," Shurmur told The Catholic Spirit, newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. "I've always believed it's a terrific guideline for living and certainly has carried over to coaching." 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2017