NFL players and coaches are still struggling with the effects of the Zika virus outbreak and many of them are still in denial about the potential danger.
As they continue to work through the fallout, some are wondering if a visit to a church could be an effective way to connect with fans.
Here are the top 10 players who have made appearances at a local church or ministry in 2017.1.
Eli Apple, New York Giants (head coach)Apple, who was selected No. 2 overall in the NFL Draft in 2017, was a key player in New York’s Super Bowl victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
He played for the Giants from 2015-17, serving as a starting safety and starting right tackle.
He was also a starter for the team’s defense during the 2017 season.
He said he was “very proud” to be able to “give back to this great organization and play a role in building a stronger foundation for future generations of athletes.”
He is scheduled to speak at the World Congress of Families in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 15.2.
Ryan Nassib, New Orleans Saints (head football coach)The Saints’ offensive coordinator and offensive line coach was in attendance for the funeral of his friend, NFL star and former New York Jets player Antonio Cromartie.
He also was at the funeral for the wife of another former Jets player, Chris Johnson.
Nassib was at Cromartia’s funeral in October.
The Saints have yet to officially comment on whether or not they’ll have Nassib in town for the season.3.
Chris Long, Oakland Raiders (head athletic trainer)Long was a member of the Saints and Broncos before moving to Oakland in 2016.
He joined the Raiders after spending the last three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.
He is expected to attend the funeral service for his father, former NFL running back Tony Long, who died in 2015.4.
Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans (head defensive tackle)Mariota, who is expected at the memorial service for the mother of a man who was killed in the Las Vegas massacre, will attend the same memorial service as Long.5.
Josh Robinson, Washington Redskins (head offensive lineman)Robinson will attend Robinson’s son’s funeral.
He and Long attended Robinson’s wedding in March.6.
Zach Brown, Jacksonville Jaguars (head safety)Brown is in the middle of the NFL offseason and he is in Arizona for the annual NFL scouting combine.
He has also attended his son’s wedding.7.
Robert Nkemdiche, Detroit Lions (head tight end)Nkemdiec is expected in the Phoenix area.
He will also attend the Lions’ season opener against the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 5.8.
Nick Saban, Alabama Crimson Tide (head head coach)Saban was the head coach of the Crimson Tide for four seasons before moving on to become the head football coach at LSU.
He served as an offensive coordinator at LSU for two seasons, where he also served as offensive line director and assistant head coach.
He led the Tigers to an 11-1 record during his two seasons in Baton Rouge, including a 10-win season in 2015 that marked the first time they had won 10 games in consecutive seasons since 1969.
Saban has previously visited churches in Florida and Georgia and has a large following in the Southern states.9.
David Tyree, Tennessee Volunteers (head cornerback)The former Texas A&M and Tennessee star and the son of the former Tennessee coach Frank Tate will visit St. Augustine in Florida.
He attended the funeral in April of two people who were killed in a car crash.10.
Joe Mixon, Kansas City Chiefs (head running back)Mixon is scheduled for a visit with former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and former coach Mike Gundy.
He had previously attended Stoops funeral and Gundy’s in June.11.
Cam Robinson, San Francisco 49ers (head receiver)Robinsons father, Dallas Cowboys receiver Randy Moss, is scheduled in attendance at his sons funeral.12.
Dorial Green-Beckham, Washington Wizards (head guard)The longtime Houston Rockets star will be visiting his wife, former teammate Martell Webster, in Washington on Sunday.13.
Josh Norman, Pittsburgh Steelers (head linebacker)Norman was in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine and will visit with Steelers defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin and offensive coordinator Jim Haslett.14.
Dontari Poe, Indianapolis Colts (head fullback)Poe, the nephew of former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, will be in Indianapolis to participate in a charity golf tournament.15.
Nick Fairley, New England Patriots (head tackle)Fairley has been out of action since suffering a torn Achilles tendon in March 2016.
It is unclear whether or how long he will miss playing football.16.
Brian Cushing, Pittsburgh Penguins (head center)Cushing has missed the last two games with a concussion.17.
Chris Ivory, Buffalo Bills (head left guard)Ivory missed