The Stingley family carries a legacy of football’s beauty and brutality

A prayer is explained each individual time that Derek Stingley Jr. enters the soccer subject.

A prayer is stated just about every time that Stingley, the No. 3 all round decide on of the 2022 NFL draft, leaves the field.

“That’s how we do it,” said Derek Stingley Sr., the father of the previous LSU star cornerback, who just became the Texans’ greatest expenditure in a defender because Jadeveon Clowney was taken at No. 1 in 2014.

There hardly ever was an precise moment when Stingley, as a boy or girl, was explained to what took place to his grandfather, Darryl Stingley.

The head-on collision with Oakland Raiders protection Jack “The Assassin” Tatum throughout a preseason video game from the New England Patriots on Aug. 12, 1978. The strike that broke a 26-12 months-aged broad receiver’s neck and turned Darryl Stingley into a quadriplegic.

“It was aspect of each day daily life for him because his grandfather was by now in a wheelchair,” Stingley Sr. reported on Friday at NRG Stadium.

But the repeated prayers are an acknowledgment of the magnificence and violence inherent in America’s most popular activity.

A quickly and unsafe match that far more than at any time have to be played the right way, which is why Stingley’s father has extensive emphasized the suitable way of tackling.