Sports Spectrum Podcast

Hosted by former ESPN Senior Producer Jason Romano, Sports Spectrum is an interview driven podcast that features stories on the intersection of sports and faith.
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Jan 31, 2018

Clyde Christensen has been a part of the NFL coaching fraternity for over 20 years. He began his coaching career in college in the late 1970's and moved to the NFL in 1996 with Tony Dungy and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

Coach Christensen followed Dungy to the Indianapolis Colts, where in 2006, they were a part of winning Super Bowl XLI, beating the Bears 29-17.

Clyde was the wide receivers coach, quarterback coach and offensive coordinator during his time with the Colts from 2002 to 2015.

In 2016, Clyde moved to Miami and became the offensive coordinator for the Dolphins. He held that position until January of 2018 when he was re-assigned in a new role as Senior offensive assistant coach. 

On this episode of the podcast, we talk with Clyde about coaching Peyton Manning, what makes him so special, preparing for a Super Bowl, how he navigates being a man of faith with being an NFL coach and what he learned watching Tony Dungy live out his Christian walk during his coaching career, and now as a broadcaster. 

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Jan 24, 2018

Jack Easterby is in his 5th season as the New England Patriots Team Character Coach as well as a Director of Team Development. In addition to his current role with the Patriots, Easterby has served in consulting roles for the National Football League, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Southeastern Conference, the University of South Carolina, Clemson University, the United States Olympic Teams, as well as being entrusted with dozens of head coaching searches at both power five and mid major universities for multiple sports. He is a trusted confidant to players and coaches alike. 

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Jack about the Patriots 2017 season, how this Super Bowl season differs from last year, Tom Brady off the field, and how players like Matthew Slater and Nate Solder are living out their faith in Christ as leaders on the team. 

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Jan 23, 2018

Ted Winsley is in his 17th season as the team chaplain of the Philadelphia Eagles. He is the senior pastor at “Family Church” in New Jersey and continues to minister to the Eagles players spiritual needs throughout the year.

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Pastor Ted about the Eagles 2017 season, the remarkable run to the Super Bowl, overcoming adversity, the example of Carson Wentz, and why Nick Foles is a huge reason for the culture that has been built inside the Philadelphia locker room.

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Jan 17, 2018

Ryan Hollingshead is a professional soccer player in the MLS with FC Dallas.

On January 6, 2017, Ryan Hollingshead almost died. 

While stopping to help a stranded motorist, Ryan was stuck by a motor vehicle that had crashed due to icy conditions, launching him 30 feet into the air. He sustained three broken veterbrae in his neck as a result of the collision, but miraculously survived and then returned to soccer in the summer of 2017. 

On this episode of the podcast, Ryan shares his story of coming to faith in Christ, putting his professional soccer career on hold to help his brother plant a church, and how he survived a near-death auto accident. 

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Jan 11, 2018

As a former NFL player, Bill Curry learned the game from such legendary masters as Bobby Dodd, Vince Lombardi, and Don Shula. He snapped the ball to a who's who list of quarterbacks, including Bart Starr, Johnny Unitas, and Billy Lothridge. He was a two-time Pro Bowl center and a three-time NFL Champion, including victories in Super Bowls I and V.

As a coach, Bill restored the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets to national prominence. At the University of Alabama, where he was named Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year, Bill led the Tide to an SEC Championship and to berths in the Hall of Fame Bowl, the Sun Bowl, and the Sugar Bowl. At Kentucky, Bill led his Wildcats to their first bowl game in nearly a decade. In 2008, Bill became the first head coach at Georgia State, who played its inaugural season in 2010. 

As a leader, Bill served as President of the National Football League Players Association during one of the most tumultuous periods in NFL history. He was later the Chief Operating Officer for the National Consortium for Academics & Sports. From 2006 to 2008 Bill served as the Executive Director of the leadership initiative at The Baylor School in Tennessee. Bill's counsel is treasured throughout the country by businesses and other organizations attempting to cultivate leaders from within their ranks. 

As an analyst and on-air personality for ESPN, Bill was the broadcast equivalent of comfort food. There was nothing better for the true football fan – no surer source for that indescribable feeling of satisfaction and contentment, and, indeed, that all was right in the world of college football – than settling into a plush easy chair on Saturday night and hearing that unmistakable voice analyzing . . . teaching . . . but never pandering. 

In 1977, with dear friend and muse George Plimpton, Bill wrote his first book: "One More July – A Football Dialogue." In 2008, Bill's next book – "Ten Men You Meet in the Huddle" – was released by ESPN books and was immediately praised by author Pat Conroy as the best book ever about the NFL.

As a husband, he has somehow managed – through 35 moves and more than fifty years of marriage – to hang onto to his brilliant and beautiful wife Carolyn, who was Bill's grade school sweetheart. In Bill Jr. and Kristin, Bill has two incredibly accomplished and successful children. And, in grandchildren Alex, Elliot, Evelyn, Claire, Brett, Jack and Jamie, Bill has the most promising generation yet of the Curry family.

On this episode of the podcast, Bill Curry talks about growing up with a skeptic of a Father, how his faith grew from watching his Dad's conversion to Christ, asking for forgiveness on Vince Lombardi's death bed, and how his faith in Jesus has helped him overcome adversity as a head coach. This podcast is storytelling gold. 

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Jan 8, 2018

Mac Powell is the lead singer of the successful christian rock band Third Day. With Mac's leadership, the band has sold over 7 million albums in the United States and had 28 number one radio hits.

Mac won the 2001 Gospel Music Association award for "Male Vocalist of the Year."

A die-hard sports fan, Mac's allegiances belong to the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta Falcons. 

In 2012, Mac released his first solo album, "Mac Powell" and followed that up in 2014 with his second album "Southpaw."

In August of 2017, Third Day celebrated their 25th anniversary and released their 13th studio album, "Revival."

Mac is married to Aimee, and has five children.

On this episode of the podcast, Mac shares his love for "Roll Tide," how he got started in the music industry, advice for young musicians trying to make it in 2018, why Larry Bird was his guy growing up, hanging with athletes who are fans of his music, and how discipleship on the road as a musician is a discipline that he implements daily. 

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Jan 4, 2018

Darryl Strawberry played 17 MLB seasons with the Mets, Dodgers, Giants and Yankees. 

Strawberry won a World Series with the Mets in 1986, is the their all-time leader in career home runs (252) and was inducted to the team's hall of fame in 2010.

Later in his career, Darryl was a part of 3 World Series teams with the New York Yankees in 1996, 1998 and 1999. 

Off the field, Strawberry struggled with addiction for most of his adult life. It wasn't until after his playing days that he reached rock bottom and only by the blood of Christ, was Darryl able to overcome and resurrect his life. 

Darryl now is an evangelist who travels all around the country, telling people about Jesus Christ and the hope that is found in our creator. He and his wife Tracy founded "Strawberry Ministries" and are cultivating opportunities for those stuck in addiction to find a way out and find hope through Jesus. 

On this episode of the podcast, Darryl shares his very real, very raw story of addiction, his struggles off the field during his career, why fame and fortune was the worst thing for him and how God was able to bring him back from his lowest point to be a vessel for Him. 

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Jan 1, 2018

Jrue Holiday is a starting guard for the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans. 

He was selected in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers before being traded to New Orleans in July of 2013. 

An All-Star in 2013, Holiday is currently averaging a career-high 18 points per game, to go along with 6 assists and 4 rebounds. 

In July 2013, Holiday married USA women's national soccer team midfielder Lauren Chaney. The two first met at a UCLA women's basketball game during his only season at the school. 

In September 2016, Holiday took an indefinite leave from the New Orleans Pelicans to take care of his wife, after she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The following month, Lauren had brain surgery, just weeks after giving birth to the couple's first child, a daughter, named Jrue Tyler Holiday.

On this episode of the podcast, Sports Spectrum's Justin Adams talks with Jrue about where his faith in Christ began, how his prayer life has evolved and brought him closer to his wife during one of the scariest times in his life. 

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