ERIC MAHL AUDIO

Eric Mahl was known as “the Mahler,” a ferocious linebacker who starred at Kent State University and thrilled his small, Ohio hometown when he was signed on to the Cleveland Browns in 2005. However, torn with his desire to serve God in a deeper way but reluctant to let down his community, Mahl began praying to be cut. When his prayer was answered, he found his way first into a Carmelite monastery, then ministering to Cleveland’s homeless population while living with them on the streets. Now based at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass., he serves as a missionary bringing the message of Divine Mercy to the poor.