The ride to the game is a calm, peaceful, spiritual one.
Jatavis Brown, the Chargers’ second-year linebacker, will tune into gospel music — a fitting start to a Sunday that has him playing in some of football’s holiest cathedrals. It relaxes Brown, he says.
Described by teammates as a “laid-back dude,” Brown speaks with a soft voice and wears a polite, kind smile — until he walks out onto the field for Sunday’s first sweat.
The gospel is nowhere to be found. The headphones, they blare Lil’ Boosie, a Southern rapper with lyrics that probably need to come with a nonstop ticket to confession. From “Mind of a Maniac” to “Loose as a Goose,” a song that’s not about zoology,...