Pre-game prayers. Football coaches were banned from leading their team in a pre-game prayer at Santa Fe High School near Houston, Texas. They were also banned at Oneida High School and Central Columbia High School in Tennessee because of of they could be interpreted as overly religious. They may reference God, or mention the men who have fought in the place before you. In most cases, they aren't overly religious, as you can see in the video of the Nebraska Cornhusker's football prayer. The truth is, athletes that are about to hit the field are caught up in the heat of the moment, the pressure, the excitement, the nerves. Their thoughts are racing with the anticipation of the upcoming moment, and they don't usually perceive things in literal terms. This explains the motives behind a pre-game prayer. They aren't incorporated into a pre-game routine to get everyone thinking about the lord and his mission. They simply are incorporated to relieve the nerves crawling in your stomach. It's a time to sit back, calm down, and get "hyped". They don't just motivate, they congregate a group of people together before they all experience something important together. So don't overthink the spiritual meaning of a pre-game prayer, they aren't as 'religiously in-depth' as one may think.