Results for - Answering To A Higher Calling

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Whether you follow the NBA (National Basketball League) or not, Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors has a story that seems to have been ripped right from movies. Three years ago,

1. Whether you follow the NBA (National Basketball League) or not, Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors has a story that seems to have been ripped right from movies. Three years ago, "Spicy P" was a late first-round pick, a project. Six years before that, he didn't even play basketball. In fact, growing up in Cameroon, Siakam initially had little interest in basketball, unlike his older brothers, all of whom earned scholarships to NCAA Division I schools. He was actually "hand picked to embody his family's Catholicism" and attended St. Andrew's Seminary, a Catholic institution at age 11, but at age 15, knew he had no interest in becoming a priest. He was chosen to attend a Basketball Without Borders camp, despite having had virtually no basketball experience, and he gained attention for his athleticism and extremely high energy level. The rest, as they say, is history. Do you find his personal journey to the NBA interesting?

Yes, and I'm a basketball fan
17%
379 votes
Yes, and I'm not even into basketball
29%
627 votes
Not really
15%
337 votes
Not sure
8%
179 votes
Not into basketball and/or no interest in sports figures
31%
678 votes
Taking the leap from the priesthood to professional basketball may seem like a stretch, but the 6' 9

2. Taking the leap from the priesthood to professional basketball may seem like a stretch, but the 6' 9" basketball star is not the only athlete to combine the two. Have you heard about any of these professional sports figures who shifted their career aspirations into a different calling?

Napoleon "Nip" Kaufman is a former American football player and currently an ordained minister and head football coach at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, California. He was a former NFL running back, playing for the Oakland Raiders for the entirety of his professional football career.
5%
120 votes
He competed in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic games on the U.S. handball team as Joseph Fitzgerald, but now Father Joe Fitzgerald is an ordained Roman Catholic priest
4%
83 votes
Kenneth Lee Hutcherson was an American football linebacker in the National Football League and senior pastor at Antioch Bible Church in Kirkland, Washington, where he had been since 1985. His nickname from his NFL days was "The Hutch".
4%
83 votes
Miles Gregory McPherson is the pastor of the Rock Church in San Diego, a motivational speaker, and a former NFL football player. He was a former defensive back with the San Diego Chargers,
3%
68 votes
Once the youngest Wimbledon quarter-finalist, tennis star Andrea Jaeger is now an Anglican Dominican nun
3%
61 votes
All
2%
51 votes
None
85%
1,866 votes
Some famous people almost chose to pursue a religious calling rather than a casting calling. How many of these did you know?

3. Some famous people almost chose to pursue a religious calling rather than a casting calling. How many of these did you know?

Before becoming the most famous member of the Church of Scientology, Tom Cruise once attended seminary school.
16%
341 votes
Martin Scorsese studied to be a priest before enrolling in NYU film school.
8%
175 votes
Anjelica Huston studied to be a nun in convent school.
6%
139 votes
Dan Aykroyd attended seminary school until he was expelled for a prank at age 17.
9%
194 votes
Gabriel Byrne spend five years in seminary school.
3%
64 votes
All
3%
59 votes
None
72%
1,592 votes
06/12/2019 Sports 2143 16 By: Harriet56

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