Just to be clear, we aren’t talking about the prayer here. With football season kicking off last week, uCatholic looked into where the football play known as the Hail Mary came from.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, this play was coined at Notre Dame University. According to Ryan Scheel of uCatholic, the term goes way back to 1924.
The play that truly brought the Hail Mary to its place in modern football was a real stunner. Devout Catholic and NFL Hall of Famer, Roger Staubach chucked a 50 yard game-winning touchdown pass in a 1975 game against the Vikings. Staubach is quoted as saying (of the play), “I just closed my eyes and said a Hail Mary”.
Maybe we can all take something from Staubach’s quote. In times where we need help the most, one of the best things we can do is pray and leave it in the hands of God, Mary, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the saints.
To read more about the Hail Mary, check out uCatholic’s comprehensive post on the topic here: