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Hosted by former ESPN Senior Producer Jason Romano, and now with over 2.5 million downloads, Sports Spectrum's podcast features stories on the intersection of sports and faith.
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Jul 1, 2022

Josh Wells is an offensive lineman with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He went undrafted in 2014 after a successful college career at James Madison and immediately signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He spent five seasons with the Jaguars from 2014-2018 and then after being released, signed with Tampa in 2019.

In 2021, Wells was a part of the Buccaneers championship team that won Super Bowl LV, 31-9 over the Kansas City Chiefs. In 2022, he signed a one-year deal to return to Tampa.

Today on the podcast, we talked to Josh Wells about returning to Tampa in 2022, winning the Super Bowl in 2020, being a teammate of Tom Brady, how his faith became real to him, finding his true identity and the growth that he has made as a follower of Christ.


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Jun 29, 2022

Ryan George has traveled to all seven continents and both polar circles. An adrenaline junkie, Ryan is a certified wingwalker, a bungee jumping enthusiast, and a via ferrata connoisseur. He has surfed in the Arctic, ice climbed on three continents, and paraglided in seven countries. He co-leads Dude Group, a spiritual adventure community. 

George's latest book “Scared to LIFE: Tales of a Good God who Reveals His Heart When Ours is Racing" was released in 2021 and depicts his journey of faith and his life of adventure. 

On today's podcast, we talk to Ryan about some of the incredible adventures he's been on including bungee jumping and wing walking on an airplane. George also talks about his faith, surrendering to Christ at age 27,  and his amazing adoption story.


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Jun 27, 2022

Bobby Magallanes is the assistant hitting coach with the Atlanta Braves. As a player, he was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 50th round of the 1989 MLB Amateur Draft and played several seasons in the minors before moving to play professionally in the Mexican League.

In 2002, he began his career as a coach and spent several seasons in the minor leagues coaching in the Angels, White Sox and Guardians organizations before moving to the Braves in 2019. After spending the Covid 2020 season as a minor league assistant hitting coordinator, Bobby finally made it to the major leagues in 2021 and was named as the assisting hitting coach with the Atlanta Braves. In his first season in 2021, he was part of a World Series championship team as the Braves beat the Astros in 6 games. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Bobby Magallanes about his long and winding baseball journey, staying the course of faith and never failing to trust God when things don't seem to be going the way he would want. He also looks back at the amazing 2021 MLB season and the emotions of making it to the majors and winning a World Series championship.


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Jun 26, 2022

Welcome to the Sports Spectrum Minute. A new segment featuring a short clip of inspiration from a previous Sports Spectrum Podcast interview.

Today we hear from Andrew McCutchen, former National League MVP and current member of the Milwaukee Brewers. Andrew appeared on Sports Spectrum's Podcast in March 2019. You can listen to the entire interview here


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Jun 24, 2022

Don Beebe is a former NFL wide receiver who played nine seasons with the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers and Green Bay Packers. He was a member of six Super Bowl teams and won his only Super Bowl with the Packers in 1996. 

He is currently the head football coach at Aurora University, where he led the Spartans to two Division III playoff berths in 2019 and 2021. 

Today on the podcast, Don Beebe shares about the lessons he's learned from the "Leon Lett Play" in Super Bowl XXVII as well as the importance of his faith in Jesus Christ and how it guides him now as a college football coach.


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Jun 22, 2022

Horacio Ramirez was selected in the fifth round of the 1997 MLB Amateur Draft by the Atlanta Braves and made his MLB debut on April 2, 2003 with Atlanta. His career saw him pitch with the Braves, Royals, Mariners, White Sox and the Angels. He last pitched in a major league game in September 2011. 

A big part of Ramirez's  journey has been serving, and he’s currently involved with Water Mission, a Christian engineering ministry that fights the global water crisis. He recently took a trip to Mexico and visiting several areas where Water Mission is serving.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Horacio Ramirez about his faith in Jesus fueling him to serve with Water Mission, lessons learned on the mound from teammates John Smoltz and Greg Maddux, and his new hobby of collecting baseball cards. 


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Jun 20, 2022

Zachary Levi is an actor best known for his roles in Chuck, Tangled, American Underdog and Shazam.

In June of 2022, Levi released his first book, "Radical Love: Learning to Accept Others and Yourself." 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Zachary Levi about his role as Kurt Warner, his love for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the importance of his faith in God and why Jesus' message of forgiveness and essential to all of us.


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Jun 19, 2022

Welcome to the Sports Spectrum Minute. A new segment featuring a short clip of inspiration from a previous Sports Spectrum Podcast interview.

Today we hear from James Brown, the host of the NFL Today on CBS each Sunday during the football season. JB appeared on Sports Spectrum's Podcast in June 2017. You can listen to the entire interview here


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Jun 17, 2022

Dr. Myron Rolle is a former NFL safety, Rhodes Scholar and neurosurgery resident and Global Neurosurgery Fellow at Harvard-Massachusetts General Hospital. He starred in college at Florida State and was selected in the 6th round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans. He played three seasons of pro football with Tennessee and the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

In college with the Seminoles, Rolle was the 2006 ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year and was named to the Associated Press All-America Third Team in 2008. Besides his work in medicine as a doctor, Rolle also is the founder and chairman of the Myron L. Rolle Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of global health, wellness and education. 

His new book, "The 2% Way" released May 17, 2022 and is available now. 

On the podcast today, Dr. Rolle shares about how the 2% way originated from his coach at Florida State, why he believes faith and medicine co-exist, his work in the pandemic and the importance of giving back and serving others. 


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Jun 15, 2022

Leah Church is a former college basketball player with the University of North Carolina. As a Tar Heel, she was played three seasons on full scholarship and majored in exercise and sport science with a concentration in sport administration. 

During her three year career with UNC, she was a prolific three-point shooter making 95 from the behind the arc at a 39% clip and excelled from the free throw line making 89% of her shots. After her junior season, Church decided to walk away from the basketball team and her college career to focus on her faith and stance for Christ. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Leah about her basketball journey, achieving the dream of playing for UNC, taking a stance for Jesus and why she felt compelled to walk away from college basketball. 


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Jun 13, 2022

Bobby Jones played thirteen professional basketball seasons with the Denver Nuggets in the ABA from 1974-1978 and the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA from 1978-1986. He was selected fifth overall in the 1974 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets after a stellar college career playing for Hall of Famer Dean Smith at North Carolina. 

After arriving to Philadelphia in a trade with Denver, Jones thrived as a member of the 76ers being named the NBA"s All-Star Game four times and winning an NBA championship in 1983. His biggest contribution on the court was on the defensive end, where he was named to the NBA's All Defensive First Team eight times between 1977-1984. 

In 1986, Jones retired from the NBA and a few months later, his number 24 was retired by Philadelphia. 33 years later, he was inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts in 2019.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Bobby Jones about his professional basketball career, his favorite memories of playing with Dr. J Julius Erving and against Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. We also hear from Jones about his faith in Jesus and why he felt compelled to start one of the NBA's first ever chapel services. 


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Jun 12, 2022

Welcome to the Sports Spectrum Minute. A new segment featuring a short clip of inspiration from a previous Sports Spectrum Podcast interview.

Today we hear from Ernie Johnson, the host of the NBA on TNT and author of the book "Unscripted." He appeared on Sports Spectrum's Podcast in April 2017. You can listen to the entire interview here


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Jun 10, 2022

Mike Swider served as the head coach of the Wheaton College football team for 24 seasons and spent 35 seasons as a member of the Wheaton College football coaching staff. He took the helm of the Wheaton football program in 1996 and announced his retirement at the conclusion of Wheaton’s record setting 2019 season.
 
In his 24 seasons as head coach, Wheaton posted a 209-52 record with an 80.1% winning percentage, which ranks him first all-time in both categories among Wheaton's 22 head football coaches. Upon his retirement, he held the eighth-highest winning percentage of any active Division III coach and is among the top-15 highest winning percentages of any coach in Division III history with 10 or more years of experience. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Mike Swider about his legacy as a college football coach, his desire to disciple his players, why he keeps perspective, the importance of relationships and why he chose Jesus. 


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Jun 9, 2022
Today, we announce the launch of Sports Spectrum's newest podcast, "Transformed with Jade McCarthy."  Her first guest on the podcast is former NFL QB and sports analyst Danny Kanell. 

Jade is an Emmy-Award winning journalist and a former ESPN host/anchor who brings her years of expertise in telling stories to us at Sports Spectrum. 

Subscribe and Follow the show wherever podcasts are found.

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Jun 8, 2022

Kurt Hines is a high school football coach at Coronado High School in San Diego, California. He's been a football coach for 25 years and has helped guide teams on both the east coast and the west coast to successful seasons. 

In September 2021, Hines posted an inspiring video on Twitter about a player of his that would go viral with over 1.9 million views. That video led to Hines' platform increasing and with over 60k followers on Twitter, Hines shares his positive message to audiences all over the country. 

Today on Sports Spectrum, we talk to Kurt Hines about that viral video, what led him to post that message, the desire to live for Christ, praying with his players and why he believes coaching is just an opportunity for him to share the Gospel.


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Jun 6, 2022
Dan O'Dowd is longtime MLB executive, who is currently an analyst with MLB Network. Dan began his front office baseball career with the Baltimore Orioles in 1983 before joining Cleveland in 1988 as their Vice President of Baseball Operations and Assistant General Manager. In 1999, he joined the Colorado Rockies as their GM and Executive VP where he led them to two postseason appearances and a National League championship in 2007. 

O'Dowd joined MLB Network in February 2015 after serving as a guest analyst during MLB Network's 2014 Winter Meetings coverage in San Diego and is currently featured on the EmmyAward-winning flagship studio show MLB Tonight.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Dan O'Dowd about his broadcasting role with MLB Network, his introduction to Christianity, growing from failures and why it took him until his 50's to surrender his life to Christ. 


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Jun 5, 2022

Today on the podcast, our Sports Spectrum Managing Editor Jon Ackerman joins host Jason Romano to preview the 2022 Summer edition of the Sports Spectrum Magazine with Mallory Pugh, Sydney McLaughlin and Tori Dilfer on the cover.

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Jun 3, 2022

Don Davis played 11 years in the NFL with the Buccaneers, Patriots, Saints and Rams. During his time in New England, Davis won two Super Bowls in 2001 and 2003.

He is currently the Senior Director of Player Affairs for the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) and is responsible for advancing and overseeing the management of varying aspects of player labor issues.

Today on the podcast, Don Davis shares his powerful testimony of faith in Christ and what it was like to play for Hall of Fame coaches Bill Belichick and Tony Dungy.

He is currently the Senior Director of Player Affairs for the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) and is responsible for advancing and overseeing the management of varying aspects of player labor issues.

Today on the podcast, Don Davis shares his powerful testimony of faith in Christ and what it was like to play for Hall of Fame coaches Bill Belichick and Tony Dungy. 


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Jun 1, 2022
Bay Forrest is a former professional basketball player who played in the NBA from 1977-1979. He was selected in the second round of the 1976 NBA Draft by the Seattle Supersonics but never played with the franchise, choosing instead to play the 1976-77 season with Athletes in Action before making his NBA debut in 1977 with the Phoenix Suns.

Forrest was actually selected two other times by the NBA's Phoenix Suns in 1975 and the ABA's San Antonio Spurs in 1975 but turned them both down to play his senior season in college at Grand Canyon University where he was a three-time NAIA All-American.

After his playing career, Bay founded Focus Ministries and for over thirty years, has been in ministry and spoken all across the US and around the world sharing his story and pointing people to the Gospel of Jesus.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Bay Forrest about his basketball journey, getting dunked on by Julius Erving, the desire to go into ministry and what it means to step our in faith.


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May 30, 2022
Helen Maroulis is an Olympic gold medal winning wrestler. In 2016, she became the first ever American to win a gold medal in women's freestyle wrestling at the Olympic Games. In 2021, she was back in the Olympics and became the first wrestler in women's wrestling for the USA to win two Olympic medals by taking home the Bronze

Maroulis was born in Rockville, Maryland and attended Magruder High School for three years, where as a freshman she became the first female wrestler to place at the Maryland state wrestling championships and at the age-group level, Maroulis was a three-time Junior World medalist (bronze in 2008 & 2010, silver in 2011).

Today on the podcast, we talk to Helen about her new documentary "Helen|Believe," staying humble, finding joy in the difficult times, why starting a prayer journal helped her grow closer to God and learning to play the harp. 


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May 29, 2022

Tim Schurrer spent almost a decade of his career launching two brands— StoryBrand and Business Made Simple—as COO alongside New York Timesbestselling author Donald Miller. Before that Tim worked at TOMS as well as Apple Inc.

He is the host of the Build a Winning Teampodcast, where he offers listeners actionable advice as he interviews some of the top leaders in business.

His new book "The Secret Society of Success" is avaialble now. 


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May 27, 2022
Damontre Moore is a professional player who was selected in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He spent three seasons with the Giants and then would be a part of nine different franchises over the next six years including the Cowboys, Raiders, 49ers, Seahawks, Dolphins, Colts and Panthers. 

In college at Texas A&M, Damontre was a standout linebacker who was a consensus first-team All-American and first-team All SEC selection with 12.5 sacks in his junior year of 2012. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Damontre about his relationship with Jesus, how he's grown as a man during the ups and downs of his pro career, his desire to continue to play football and his encouragement for young players coming into the league. 


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May 25, 2022

Griff Aldrich is the head coach of the Longwood men's basketball team. In 2021-22, Aldrich helped lead the Lancers to their first ever NCAA tournament appearance and a Big South Conference championship. For his efforts, Aldrich was named the 2022 Big South Coach of the Year. 

Prior to arriving at Longwood in 2018, Aldrich was an assistant coach at the University of Maryland-Baltimore Country, where he helped that team pull off the biggest upset in the history of the NCAA Tournament when his No. 16 seeded club beat No. 1 Virginia. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Griff Aldrich about leading his team to their first ever March Madness appearance, what he learned through the successful season, his incredible story of going from lawyer to college basketball coach and the evolution of his faith in Jesus Christ. 


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May 23, 2022
Mallory Pugh is a professional soccer player for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). She's also a member of the United State women's national soccer team and in 2016, became the youngest female player to be selected and play for the U.S. national team during an Olympic qualifying tournament. 

As a member of the US national soccer team, she participated in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio and scored her first Olympic goal against Columbia and made her the youngest player to ever score a goal for the United States in an Olympic game. She also participated at the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2019. 

Today on the podcast, Jon Ackerman talks to Mallory Pugh about her recent engagement to Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson, why 2021 was a year of growth in her relationship with God, what discipleship looks like for her and her desire to continue to play soccer at the highest level. 


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May 22, 2022
David Morales is the author of the new book "American Familia." Growing up in a poor, mountainous region of Puerto Rico, David had no idea he would end up where he is today: an executive shaping the future of healthcare and public policy in America and a father dedicated to faith, family, and community.

Alongside his wife, Samanda, he co-founded Ahora Inc., a not-for-profit dedicated to empowering working-class families and low-income individuals to build self-reliance through financial literacy, money management, and wealth building. 


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