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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Apr 30, 2018

Matt Atkins is a golfer on the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup. He finished 19th on the Tour Regular Season money list in 2017 and got his first tour victory winning the El Bosque Mexico Championship.

The 27-year-old carded two additional top-10 finishes, making 15 cuts in 25 starts. 

In college at South Caroilna-Aiken, he was named a Division II All-American in his junior and senior years and was the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year in 2013. 

He and his wife Jill were married in July of 2017.

On this episode of the podcast, Matt Atkins shares about the grind of being a professional golfer on tour, the moment he finally heard the Gospel in college, watching Tiger Woods up close, and how he was introduced to his wife. 

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Apr 26, 2018

Thomas Davis is a 3-time Pro Bowl linebacker with the Carolina Panthers. He's the 2014 NFL Man of the Year, and played in Super Bowl 50 with Carolina. 

Selected in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft by Carolina, Thomas has played his entire 13-year career in Charlotte.

In early April 2018, the NFL suspended Thomas 4 games after he tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug. Davis was remorseful in his apology and said he never intentionally cheated the game that he so loved. 

On this episode of the podcast, Thomas shares growing up without a Dad in small-town Georgia, being drafted to the NFL, how he parents his kids, why saying "I love you" is a priority to him as a Dad and how he learned to trust God during his lowest point on the field after suffering 3 straight ACL tears.

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Apr 23, 2018

Jason Benham is a former minor league baseball player. Along with his brother David, they've written the book "Miracle in Shreveport," an incredible story of their baseball journey from age 5 to 25. 

Benham and his brother are nationally acclaimed entrepreneurs, and bestselling authors of "Whatever the Cost" and Living Among Lions." The twin brother's business success earned them a reality show with HGTV, set to air during the 2014 fall season. Due to their commitment to biblical values, the show was abruptly cancelled. Instead of backing down, the brothers decided to stand and fight for what they believe.

Jason played his college baseball with his brother at Liberty University. After being named Conference Player of the Year in college, he was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in MLB's amateur draft. After breaking his leg in half in the minors he thought he’d never play again.  And then the miracle in Shreveport began to take shape.

Husband to Tori and Dad to four children, Jason stays busy with his family, his business, and traveling with his brother to conferences and events across the country, to share the Gospel of Jesus. 

On this episode of the podcast, Jason Benham shares the story of how he and his brother ended up playing professional baseball together and achieving the dream that they had prayed about since they were young boys. 

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Apr 19, 2018

John O'Korn is readying himself for the NFL after spending 5 years playing quarterback in college, first with the University of Houston, and then with the Michigan Wolverines. 

O'Korn attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Florida. In his senior season, he led the team to the 2012 FHSAA 7A state title with an average of 43 points per game. Throwing for 22 touchdowns with just 4 interceptions and over 2,500 yards, he set a school record most passing yards and touchdown passes in a single season.

John was a two-time Letterwinner with Michigan, earning  the U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award after playing in 16 games with the Wolverines in his two seasons. 

In preparing for the NFL, John spent time in California learning from former NFL head coach Mike Martz going through drills and working out at the Stub Hub Center in Carson. 

On this episode of the podcast, we talk with John about his Michigan career, preparing for the NFL, meeting Tom Brady, playing for Jim Harbaugh, his journey to faith in Christ, why he feels he's the most NFL ready QB and the impact he hopes to make both on and off the field. 

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Apr 16, 2018

Jennie Finch is a 2-time U.S.A Olympic softball player. She won the Gold Medal in 2004 and the Silver Medal in 2008. The 7-time USA Softball world champion went to the University of Arizona, where she was a picture of pure dominance. She went 32-0 in her junior year with an ERA of 0.54, 279 strikeouts and a National Championship. For her 4-year college career, she went 119-16, with an ERA of 1.08 and 1028 strikeouts. She was named by the NCAA as the #2 greatest college softball player. 

In 2017, Finch was named the youth softball ambassador by Major League Baseball and despite retiring in 2011, 

Finch is married to former professional baseball player Casey Daigle and the couple have three children – Ace, Diesel, and Paisley. Finch holds Jennie Finch Softball Camps across the U.S. and has a softball academy at Diamond Nation in Flemington, N.J. as well as hosting the Jennie Finch World Series in Louisiana. 

She will also participate in season 26 of ABC's Dancing with the Stars returning April 30 at 8 p.m. ET

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Apr 12, 2018

Daniel Jeremiah is an analyst with NFL Network. He is also the co-host of the "Move the Sticks" podcast and contributes to Daniel will be a part of the NFL Network's NFL Draft coverage starting Thursday April 26 at 8pm ET. 

Growing up a "pk" pastor's kid to well known preacher David Jeremiah, Daniel's love of sports came from his father and continued throughout high school and college, where he played quarterback at Appalachian State. 

A former NFL scout with the  Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles, Jeremiah did work with ESPN prior to signing with the NFL Network and entering the media side in 2012. 

On this episode of the podcast, Daniel shares about the 6-week grind that his preparing for the NFL Draft, how ESPN's Chris Mortensen gave him his first break coming out of college, getting to be a part of NFL chapel services as a kid with his father David Jeremiah, and why Jesus is his savior. 

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Apr 9, 2018

Tina Cervasio is a 7-tie Emmy Award winning sports journalist. 

A 1996 graduate of the University of Maryland, Tina has worked with TNT, CBS, FOX Sports, NESN, MSG Network and now in her current role FOX 5 New York's sports anchor and reporter. 

On this episode of the podcast, we talk with Tina about growing up a sports fan in New Jersey, coming to faith in Christ, gaining her dream job, losing her dream job, and how faith sustained her during her husband's personal battle with cancer. 

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Apr 5, 2018

"The Miracle Season" hits theaters Friday April 6. 

The movie is based on the inspiring true story of an Iowa high school girl's volleyball team that rallies together under the guidance of a tough-love coach in hope of repeating as state champions after the death of the school's star player, Caroline "Line" Found. 

On this episode of the podcast, we talk with Line's father, Dr. Ernie Found about how the movie came about, the family's love for sports, grieving the loss of his wife and daughter and how he has been able to turn his tragic story in a powerful message of hope and encouragement. 

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Apr 2, 2018

Kirk Cousins played 6 seasons in the NFL as the quarterback for the Washington Redskins. On March 15, 2018, Cousins signed the richest contract in NFL History, agreeing to a three-year, $84 million deal with the Minnesota Vikings. 

Selected in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Michigan State, Cousins cemented himself as a top tier quarterback in 2015 with the Redskins and finished his Washington career with three straight seasons of over 4,000 passing yards, and 25+ touchdown passes. 

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Kirk about his decision to sign with the Vikings, when his walk with the Lord began, why football isn't everything to him, what he's learned as a Dad and husband and how his relationship with Christ guides every decision he makes. 

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