Football fans need not be Catholic or able to recite the Hail Mary prayer. It’s easy to understand the Hail Mary Pass.
As if through divine intervention, the Catholic Church’s reference to Mary, the biblical mother of Jesus, cleverly descended from heaven and made itself known on the football field.
The Hail Mary Pass was popularized in 1975 during an NFL divisional playoff between the Dallas Cowboys and the favored Minnesota Vikings. Dallas’ QB Roger Staubach connected with WR Drew Pearson on a long, last second pass.
A stumbling Pearson miraculously caught the desperation pass, pinned the ball against his hip and walked backwards into the end zone. After the game, Staubach, a Roman Catholic, told reporters, “I closed my eyes and said a Hail Mary.”
Originally applied to football, this pass now carries universal sports applications. When either divine intervention or a whole lot of luck are needed for successful completion of a play, fans of all sports and faiths understand and love the Hail Mary Pass.
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