EWTN Drafts Former NFL Receiver for ‘Spiritual Fitness’ Show

8/05/2008 6:57 AM Eastern

Danny Abramowicz, who led the NFL in receptions in 1969 as a member of the New Orleans Saints, is going deep for the EWTN as host of the global catholic network’s new Crossing the Goal program.

Billed as a show that will “use a sports format to encourage men to get into spiritual shape,” Abramowicz and three other co-hosts will use sports themes and metaphors to “provide real solutions to the spiritual challenges men face,” network officials said.

The one-time favorite target of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning—who is also the father of Peyton and Eli Manning—Abramowicz (pictured) admits that he is a former party boy whose life once revolved around his ego and booze.

“On this show, we talk to men about the things that are happening in their lives right now and we challenge them to do something about it,” Abramowicz said in a statement. “Guys respond to a challenge. The Lord will help them, but they have to admit that something is not right in their life.”

EWTN officials said show segments will include “The Kickoff,” where the problem of the day is quickly presented; “The Game Plan,” where two team members lay out the facts men need to know; “The Red Zone,” where the team talks about how they’ve dealt with the problem in their own lives, and “The End Zone,” where each team member gives the audience a take-away for the week.

Plans also call for a Web site,, where viewers can interact with the hosts.

Crossing the Goal will debut Friday, Sept. 5 at 9 p.m. ET.