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Sep 7, 2018

Episode 149

Matthew Hasselbeck played 18 seasons in the NFL with the Packers, Seahawks, Titans and Colts. He's a 3-time Pro Bowler who led Seattle to their first ever Super Bowl appearance in 2005. 

In 2016, he announced his retirement from the NFL and signed a deal with ESPN, where he currently serves as an NFL analyst for the sports network. 

On this episode of the podcast, we talk with Matt about what he misses most about playing, raising 3 teenagers and being present in their lives during a hectic NFL season, how he stays grounded in his faith, being opinionated as an analyst and the transition to being home more now that he's been retired for 3 years. 

Matt was heard in Episode 2 of our podcast when he appeared with Texas pastor Matt Chandler and discussed faith and gave their Christian testimonies. 

For more, log on to http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Sep 5, 2018

Episode 148

LaDainian Tomlinson is one of the greatest running backs in NFL history. He came into the league as the 5th overall selection by the Chargers in the 2001 NFL Draft. During his time in San Diego, he would be selected to 5 Pro Bowls, set the NFL record for rushing touchdowns and win the 2006 NFL MVP.

He played his final two seasons with the New York Jets before retiring in 2012. He was named to the NFL 2000's All-Decade Team and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017.

He currently is an analyst for NFL Network, but is now also a movie star, making his big screen debut in the new film "GOD BLESS THE BROKEN ROAD" releasing in theaters on Friday September 7, 2018.

On this episode of the podcast, LaDainian Tomlinson talks about his movie debut, whether he would ever become a pastor someday, where his faith in Christ was rooted, what he misses most about playing in the NFL and how he stayed grounded during his 12 year Hall of Fame career.

For more, log on to http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Sep 3, 2018

Episode 147

Eddie Taubensee played 11 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Indians, Astros and Reds from 1991-2001. He made his MLB debut on May 18, 1991 with Cleveland and was then traded to the Astros the following season. He would play for 3 years until 1994 when he was again traded, this time to the Reds. 

Taubensee would play 7 seasons in Cincinnati, where he would hit a career-high .311 with 21 home runs and 87 RBI for a Reds team in 1999 that fell one game short of the playoffs. 

After retiring from baseball in 2001, Eddie decided to make God and his family the priority. Along with his wife Renee, he would help raise their 3 boys and go into baseball ministry with Pro Athletes Outreach. 

In 2017, he returned to pro ball as the hitting coach of the San Francisco Giants Class A affiliate Augusta Greenjackets in the South Atlantic League. 

On this episode of the podcast, we talk with Eddie Taubensee about baseball ministry, trying his hand at coaching, why Barry Larkin was the best leader he ever played with, how baseball helped led him to Christ, and how he navigated through temptations and trials as a believer. 

For more, log on to http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Aug 31, 2018

Episode 146

Hugh Freeze is the former head coach of the Ole Miss football team. In 2017, Freeze resigned from his position amid an NCAA investigation and evidence of personal misconduct.

Freeze coached the Bulldogs from 2012-2016 where he led his club to a 2016 Sugar Bowl victory over Oklahoma. Last year, he appeared on the Sports Spectrum podcast and shared his journey of coaching. 

On this episode of the podcast, we talk with Hugh Freeze in the aftermath of resigning from Ole Miss in 2017 about redemption, empathy, forgiveness, repentance and walking through a difficult season of life with his wife and family as a person of faith.

For more, log on to http://SportsSpectrum.com 

 

Aug 29, 2018

Episode 145

John Carney kicked in the NFL for 23 years from 1988 to 2010. 

A graduate of Notre Dame, he began his kicking journey in 1987 with the Cincinnati Bengals before being released prior to the start of the season. 1988 is when he saw his first official NFL game action with Tampa.

In 1990, he signed a contract with the San Diego Chargers, where he would remain for 11 seasons. After his time was up with the Chargers, he would go on to play 6 seasons with the Saints (01-06) and then finish his career with Jacksonville, the New York Giants and then back with the Saints before retiring in 2010. 

He's currently fifth all-time on the NFL career scoring list (2,044 points) and was the last remaining player from the 1980's still active in professional football.

On this episode of the podcast, John shares when his kicking journey began, whether he could still kick for an NFL team today at the age of 54, how his faith in Christ took shape, kicking at Notre Dame, and embracing his role today as a mentor to the next generation.

For more, log on to http://SportsSpectrum.com

 

Aug 27, 2018

Episode 144

Ben Malcolmson's official title is "Director of External Relations" for the Seattle Seahawks but if you see how around the team complex, his real title is "Assistant to the Head Coach."

Ben is the right hand man to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who he met during his time as a student at the University of Southern California in the mid-2000's. 

His first book was just released, "WALK ON: From Pee Wee Dropout to the NFL Sidelines - My Unlikely Story of Football, Purpose and Following an Amazing God." and is available on Amazon and everywhere books are found. 

On this episode of the podcast, you'll hear the crazy story of how Ben went from hating football to covering football to then playing football at USC. A modern version of RUDY, Ben's journey included opportunities for him to live out his faith in the locker room and seeing how God can take terrible situations and turn them around for his glory. 

For more, log on to http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Aug 23, 2018

Episode 143

Pat Doney has covered sports in the Dallas/Ft Worth area since 2013. 

He is an Edward R. Murrow award winner and has been nominated for an Emmy Award six times. 

A graduate of Liberty University, Pat has made broadcasting stops in Lynchburg, VA, Rock Hill, SC, Fayetteville, AK and Louisville, KY. 

Pat's work is featured on NBC 5 covering Dallas sports, most notably, the Cowboys. 

On this episode of the podcast, we talk with Pat about his broadcasting journey and covering the Cowboys but the majority of this interview focuses on adoption and the Doney's experience adopting their son Hudson. This is a powerful episode that will encourage and challenge you. 

For more, log on to http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Aug 20, 2018

Episode 142

Patrick Nix is the head football coach at Pinson Valley High School in Pinson, Alabama. His son Bo is the starting quarterback for Pinson Valley. 

Patrick played college football at Auburn University from 1992-95 where he passed for 4,957 yards and 31 touchdowns and was a part of the Tigers team that finished undefeated in 1993. After his playing career ended, he turned to coaching in college at places like Samford, Georgia Tech and Miami before becoming a high school coach in Alabama with Scottsboro from 2013-2016. In 2017, his first season as the head coach at Pinson Valley, he led the Indians to their first state football championship in the school's history.

Bo is entering his senior season with Pinson Valley as a 4-star QB and will follow in his father's footsteps to play his college ball at Auburn. He was the MVP of the 2017 High School Championship Game where he ran for two scores and threw for another as he completed 13-of-25 passes for 223 yards. Bo also participated in Elite 11 and in June won the Quarterback Skills Challenge at the Rivals 5-Star Challenge in Atlanta. 

On this episode of the podcast, we talk with Patrick and Bo about their 2017 state championship run, what it's like to coach a son and play for a father, Bo's decision to play at Auburn, how their faith plays a role in their football journeys and which Bible verse they are clinging to right now. 

For more, log on to http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Aug 16, 2018

Episode 141

Jesse Bradley is the pastor of Grace Community Church in Auburn, Washington (near Seattle). 

A graduate of Dartmouth College, Jesse is also a former professional soccer goalkeeper (played in Zimbabwe, Africa and Aberdeen, Scotland). 

In his spare time, he's also a radio host, podcaster, author, and speaker. He has released two books "Rooted in Grace" and "A New Season" available everywhere books are sold.

Bradley is married to Laurie and together, they have four kids.

On this episode of the podcast, we talk with Jesse about his love for soccer, growing up without God in his life, becoming a professional goalkeeper, almost dying in Africa, and making that transition to becoming a pastor. 

For more on Jesse, check out Exploring-Faith.com.

Aug 14, 2018

Episode 140

Greg Davis coached football for 43 years, most notably with the Texas Longhorns, as their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 1998-2010. 

In 2005, Davis was named the Frank Broyles Assistant Coach of the Year after helping lead the Longhorns to the National Championship. 

After departing from Texas in 2010, Davis began a 5-year stint with the University of Iowa as their offensive coordinator. 

On January 6, 2017, he retired from coaching. 

In part 2 of our conversation with Coach Davis, he shares his favorite Mack Brown story, how he came to work with Coach Brown, whether the 2006 Rose Bowl is the best college football game he's ever been a part of, and what he learned from winning a title game and losing a title game.  

For more, log on to http://SportsSpectrum.com.

Aug 13, 2018

Episode 139

Greg Davis coached football for 43 years, most notably with the Texas Longhorns, as their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 1998-2010. 

In 2005, Davis was named the Frank Broyles Assistant Coach of the Year after helping lead the Longhorns to the National Championship. 

After departing from Texas in 2010, Davis began a 5-year stint with the University of Iowa as their offensive coordinator. 

On January 6, 2017, he retired from coaching. 

In part 1 of a two-part conversation with Davis, we talk to Greg about retirement, stepping away from the game he coached for more than 40 years, why "culture" is so important for a team, and he lived out his faith in Christ as a football coach.

For more, log on to http://SportsSpectrum.com.

Aug 10, 2018

Episode 138

Kristen Ledlow is a host and sideline reporter covering the NBA for TNT and NBA TV. She also co-hosts NBA TV's show "Inside Stuff" with Grant Hill.

A graduate of Southeastern University, Kristen was an All-American volleyball player and set records as a basketball player. After college, she began her broadcasting journey covering college football and basketball on the local level.

Ledlow also was voted Miss Capital City USA in 2012 and placed Top 5 at Miss Florida USA. In 2014, she moved to NBA TV and began covering the NBA full-time.

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Kristen about covering the NBA, getting to call play by play during the summer league broadcasts, where her faith in Christ was formed, the importance of being involved in her local church and the spiritual challenges she faces being a public figure. 

For more, log on to http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Aug 8, 2018

Episode 137

Rashad Jennings played 8 seasons in the NFL from 2009-2016. He was selected in the 7th round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars (250th overall). Despite scoring 25 touchdowns and rushing for over 3,700 yards in his career, Jennings may be more known for winning Season 24 of ABC's Dancing with the Starsin 2017. 

In 2018, Jennings released his first book, "THE IF IN LIFE: How to Get off Life's Sidelines and Become Your Best Self."

Growing up a chubby kid, who suffered from asthma and with a father who drank and smoked, Jennings wasn't sure if he would ever make it, but a moment in high school when he came off the bench after being a 4th string running back, changed his trajectory and started a path toward football excellence. 

On this episode of the podcast, Jennings shares deeply personal stories about growing up with a father who drank and smoked, overcoming the odds to make it in football, what playing football at Liberty did for his faith, having his Dad come watch him for the first time at an NFL game, and why he felt called to start his own foundation to invest and give back. 

For more, log on to http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Aug 6, 2018

Episode 136

R.A. Dickey pitched for 15 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Rangers, Mariners, Twins, Mets, Blue Jays and Braves. 

A member of TEAM USA at the 1996 Olympics, Dickey pitched and helped the Americans win the Bronze Medal.

In 2001, Dickey made his MLB debut with Texas. 9 years later, Dickey found himself in New York, starting for the Mets and establishing himself as a very good pitcher. In 2012, he was the best pitcher in the National League, becoming the first knuckleball pitcher to win the Cy Young award. He went 20-6 with 230 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.73 and made his first and only All-Star team. 

In December 2012, Dickey was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, where he would win 49 games in 4 seasons that included a Gold Glove award in 2013. 

Dickey would finish his career in 2017 at the age of 42 with the Atlanta Braves, winning 10 games.

Writing is also a passion for R.A. and in 2012, he released his autobiography "Wherever I Wind Up." In the book, he shares candidly about growing up in a broken home, being sexually abused, his struggles with infidelity, and wanting to not live anymore. 

On this episode of the podcast, we talk with R.A. about his first season away from baseball, acclimating himself to "Dad Life," growing up in a broken home, seeking treatment, how faith in Christ saved him, and the platform God gave him after winning the 2012 Cy Young Award. 

For more, log on to http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Aug 2, 2018

Episode 135

Kelvin Beachum Jr was selected in the 7th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. After 4 seasons with the Steelers, he played one year with Jacksonville and in 2017, he signed a 3-year contract with the New York Jets. 

Growing up in the church, Kelvin was a basketball and football player in high school before deciding to attend SMU in Dallas on a football scholarship. 

Kelvin is also passionate about giving back and and has devoted a ton of time and money into ending hunger as well as education for young people. 

On this episode of the podcast, Kelvin shares about the "necessary evil" that is NFL training camp, growing up attending church multiple times a week, the culture shock that was presented to him when he arrived for college at SMU, and how unity in the body of Christ is possible when topics such as race and injustice are brought to the forefront. 

For more, log on to http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Jul 30, 2018

Episode 134

Lary Sorensen pitched 11 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Brewers, Cardinals, Indians, A's, Cubs, Expos and Giants. 

After finishing his college pitching career at the University of Michigan, Lary made his MLB debut in 1977 at the age of 21, and a year later, was an All-Star in 1978, winning a career-high 18 games for Milwaukee. 

During his MLB career, Lary began to experiment with drugs and alcohol. After being suspended in 1986 and then retiring in 1988, his life began to take a downward spiral.

From 1992 to 2008, Lary was arrested for DUI seven times. He was in and out of rehabs and life was getting out of control.

And then something changed in 2013 when he stepped through the doors of a church at the age of 58. 

On this powerful episode of the podcast, Lary Sorensen shares his journey from MLB player to alcoholic to follower of Jesus.

For more, log on to http://SportsSpecrum.com 

 

Jul 26, 2018

Episode 133

Since 2014, Tress Way has been punting in the NFL for the Washington Redskins. The Oklahoma University grad led the NFL in punting in 2014 with 47.5 yards per punt.

Undrafted out of college, Tress had to overcome being cut twice by the Chicago Bears at the end of the 2013 and 2014 preseason before finding himself in our nation's capital. 

In 2016, Tress signed a 5-year extension with Washington in March of 2016 that will keep him with the club through 2020. 

Tress is married to his wife Brianna Turang, a former softball and soccer star at the University of Oklahoma. Brianna is also the daughter of former MLB outfielder Brian Turang and the sister of Brice Turang, who plays in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. The couple became parents to twins (a boy and a girl) in April of 2018.

In his spare time, Tress is also an entrepreneur and has started a game company called "WAY FUN GAMES" --- His first board game "What's Your Bid?"is now available on Amazon.

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Tress about punting, preparing for the 2018 season, his faith testimony, inventing a board game, meeting his wife in Oklahoma, his epic proposal and how he ended up in Washington after being cut twice by the Chicago Bears. 

For more, log on to http://SportsSpectrum.com 

 

Jul 23, 2018

Episode 132

Maria Taylor is becoming a household name on sports broadcasts. In 2018, the ESPN host and reporter has been covered College Football's National Championship Game, College Basketball, the NFL Draft, the NBA Combine, the NBA Draft and the ESPYs .... and it's only July. 

A graduate of the University of Georgia in 2009, Maria played basketball as well as making All-SEC honors in volleyball for the Lady Bulldogs. 

It was also during her time in college that she began to investigate her faith. After joining FCA, Maria began a journey that culminated in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Maria's passion to serve the Lord and give back culminated in 2014 with her co-founding the Winning Edge Leadership Academy. The Academy provides a place where college student and young professionals, particularly women and minority leaders, can get professional development to prepare them for the sports business world. 

On this episode of the podcast, Maria Taylor shares about her journey to faith, covering her first NBA Draft, what it was like working College Football's National Title Game as a Georgia Alum, why she wanted to start a leadership academy, and why prayer is the first thing she would do if someone asked her about her faith in Jesus. 

For more, log on to http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Jul 20, 2018

Episode 131

Jordan Matthews is a wide receiver with the New England Patriots. He was selected in the 2nd round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles and played 3 seasons there. 

In August 2017, he was traded from Philadelphia to Buffalo and spent last season with the Bills. A few months later, in April of 2018, he signed a 1-year deal with the Patriots.

Jordan attended Vanderbilt University, where he had 262 receptions for 3,759 yards and 24 touchdowns, setting many school records.

The athletic pedigree for Jordan runs in the family as his second cousin is former NFL hall of fame Jerry Rice. 

On this episode of the podcast, we talk with Jordan about his passion to serve, transitioning from the Eagles, Bills and now with the Patriots, why his wife is his best friend, how an Eagles teammate helped him grow spiritually, and why he says his identity is not found in his job as a football player. 

Jul 18, 2018

Episode 130

Denard Span is a centerfielder with the Seattle Mariners. He was traded to Seattle on May 25 from the Tampa Bay Rays as part of a 4-player deal.

He was selected in the first round of the 2002 MLB Amateur Draft by the Minnesota Twins out of high school at the age of 18. After 6 years in the minor leagues, Span would make his debut in April of 2008 at the age of 24. He would play 5 seasons with the Twins from 2008-2012 before being traded to the Washington Nationals where he would play 3 more seasons in D.C.

In January of 2016, he signed as a free agent with the San Francisco Giants where he’d play two more seasons until being traded in December of last year to Tampa.

Span is red-hot right now, hitting .351 in the month of July as the Mariners look to stay in the hunt for a playoff berth.

Near and dear to Span is his foundation, the Denard Span Foundation, whose mission is to serve and empower single parent homes. The foundation is dedicated to creating strong sustainable home environments where both parents and children can thrive physically, emotionally, financially, and spiritually.

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Span about his desire to give back and help those in single parent homes, being traded in the middle of the season, the biggest difference between playing baseball at 24 compared to 34, and where how he continues to  trust in the Lord during a long MLB season.

For more, log on to http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Jul 16, 2018

Episode 129

Dr. Tony Evans is the founder and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, founder and president of The Urban Alternative, chaplain of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, and author of over 100 books, booklets and Bible studies. The first African American to earn a doctorate of theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, he has been named one of the 12 Most Effective Preachers in the English-Speaking World by Baylor University. His radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 1,200 US outlets daily and in more than 130 countries.

Dr. Evans launched the Tony Evans Training Center in 2017, an online learning platform providing quality seminary-style courses for a fraction of the cost to any person in any place. The goal is to increase Bible literacy not only among lay people but also among those Christian leaders who cannot afford nor find the time for formal ongoing education. 

His latest project is a partnership is a digital app with his son Jonathan called iCoach. You can learn about that project at http://iCoachApp.org 

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Dr. Evans about his work with the Dallas Cowboys, how he got started in sports ministry, where the state of faith is in the NBA, the biggest spiritual battles athletes face, and the church's role in the current climate that we live in today. 

For more check us out at http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Jul 12, 2018

Episode 128

Dave Pasch is an announcer for ESPN as well as the radio voice for the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL. 

A graduate of Syracuse University in 1994, Pasch became the voice of the Cardinals in 2002 and then joined ESPN the following season in 2003 where he calls college football, college basketball and NBA games for the Worldwide Leader. 

Pasch may be most famous for calling college basketball games on ESPN with his partner, the hall of fame basketball player, Bill Walton. 

After growing up in a Jewish home, Dave came to Christ in the 1990's after spending time investigating the faith. 

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Dave about working with Bill Walton, the growth of his broadcasting career, becoming a Christian, the crazy schedule he has in the Fall, how a fellow broadcaster helped him in his faith walk, and what its like to be a believer in a very public job with ESPN and the Arizona Cardinals. 

For more, log on to http://SportsSpectrum.com

Jul 10, 2018

Episode 127

Mark Schlereth played 12 seasons in the NFL from 1989-2000 with the Redskins and Broncos. He is a 3-time Super Bowl champion, winning one ring with Washington and two with Denver.

After retirement in 2001, he joined ESPN, where he would work as an analyst until departing in June of 2017 for a new opportunity with FOX Sports. 

Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Schlereth attended the University of Idaho on a football scholarship. After his college career ended, he was selected in the 10th round of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins and head coach Joe Gibbs.

Known as "Stink" to many of his friends, Schlereth wheres many titles in his life including husband, a father, grandfather, an actor, an entrepreneur, a morning radio host and a television analyst.  

In Part 2 of our conversation with Schlereth, we talk about Mark's arrival in Denver, which Super Bowl ring is his favorite, the decision to retire after 29 surgeries, broadcasting at ESPN, acting with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and why being a grandparent is the most fun he's ever had. 

For more, log on to http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Jul 9, 2018

Episode 126

Mark Schlereth played 12 seasons in the NFL from 1989-2000 with the Redskins and Broncos. He is a 3-time Super Bowl champion, winning one ring with Washington and two with Denver.

After retirement in 2001, he joined ESPN, where he would work as an analyst until departing in June of 2017 for a new opportunity with FOX Sports. 

Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Schlereth attended the University of Idaho on a football scholarship. After his college career ended, he was selected in the 10th round of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins and head coach Joe Gibbs.

Known as "Stink" to many of his friends, Schlereth wheres many titles in his life including husband, a father, grandfather, an actor, an entrepreneur, a morning radio host and a television analyst.  

In Part 1 of our conversation with Schlereth, we talk about Mark's departure from ESPN to FOX, how his football career almost ended in college, how Joe Gibbs impacted his walk with Christ, and where the nickname "Stink" actually came from. 

For more, log on to http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Jul 5, 2018

Episode 125

Riley Tincher was an All-American pitcher at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he was the Midwest Region Pitcher of the Year, the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Pitcher of the Year, a two-time first-team All-Region pitcher, a two-time first-team All-WIAC pitcher, a Max Sparger award recipient, and an All-Star in the prestigious Northwoods League

He’s now a mental conditioning coach with a master’s degree in sports pedagogy with an emphasis in sports psychology from Baylor University. He’s the owner of Coachability - a mentorship program that serves athletes, at every level (youth, high school, college, professional, and Olympic), all throughout the country.

Coachability was created to provide athletes a safe haven they can go to, to talk to someone who has been through what they are going through. It was also created to teach athletes the principles to succeed in sports, and more importantly, in life after sports. It is the mentorship program Riley wished existed when he was younger.

Riley is also the author of the book "Pitching Against Myself," released in 2017. 

On this episode of the podcast, Riley shares his powerful story of baseball, success, struggle, depression and why his pursuit of a baseball dream almost caused his life to end. Riley shares why Jesus is the answer and how it helped heal him after multiple suicide attempts and how he's now taking his pain and turning it into purpose. 

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