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Now displaying: July, 2020
Jul 31, 2020

Episode 527

Thomas Morstead is entering his 12th season as the punter for the New Orleans Saints. He is a Super Bowl champion and a Pro Bowler. 

He is the author of the new book "The Middle School Rules of Thomas Morstead" that he wrote with Sean Jensen. 

On today's podcast, we talk to Thomas about why he wanted to write his new book, his maturity during his college years at SMU, going from being the young guy to the veteran teacher in the NFL and why it has been on his heart to give back to sick children through his "What Will Give Will Grow" foundation. 

 

Follow Thomas on Instagram: @ThomasMorstead

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Jul 30, 2020

Episode 526

Dylan Thompson is entering his third season with the Detroit Lions as the team's character coach. In his current role, Thompson is responsible for a variety of programs within team development, where he assists athletes with their transition into the NFL, as well as providing off-the-field support both during and following their careers.

Thompson played college football at the University of South Carolina under coach Steve Spurrier. In his senior season, he threw for 3,564 yards with 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in leading the Gamecocks to an Independence Bowl victory over the Miami Hurricanes. 

On this podcast, we talk to Dylan about faith, football, his role with the Lions, playing for Steve Spurrier in college and the importance of mentors in our lives. 

 

Follow Dylan on Twitter: @DylanPThompson

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Jul 29, 2020

Episode 525

Dean Inserra is the founding and lead pastor of City Church in Tallahassee, Florida, where he leads the vision and preaching. Dean was called to start a church in his hometown of Tallahassee when he was the Student Body President at Leon High School. 

Dean graduated from Liberty University and attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He holds a MA in Theological Studies from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is pursuing a D.Min from Southern Seminary.   

Dean is an advisory member of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission's Leadership Council with the Southern Baptist Convention. He is also a member of Baptist 21. 

His latest book, The Unsaved Christian, released in March of 2019 and explores those who say they are Christian but don't have a relationship with Christ. 

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Dean about what an "Unsaved Christian" is, his journey to planting and starting his own church, and his passion for sports including a love affair with the New England Patriots and Tom Brady. 


Follow Dean on Twitter - @DeanInserra

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Jul 25, 2020

BONUS

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger appeared recently on our sister podcast "Table Forty" with former MLB World Series champion Matt Holliday and his wife Leslee to talk about Ben's faith journey, regrets he has from earlier in his career and the importance of being a good teammate. 

 

Table Forty is part of the new Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. You can subscribe to Table Forty right now. 

APPLE:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/table-forty/id1505637930

SPOTIFY: 

https://open.spotify.com/show/5CX8kSHxkgvS3EFfKzrXqq?si=inBIz6wtSY6Xw1qgx_rWYQ  

Jul 24, 2020

Episode 524

Karen Kingsbury and her husband Don are our guests today on the podcast. Karen is a #1 New York Times bestselling novelist with more than twenty-five million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her last dozen titles have topped bestseller lists and many of her novels are under development with Hallmark Films and as major motion pictures. Her Baxter Family books are being developed into a TV series slated for major network viewing sometime in the next year.

 

In her former life, Karen was a sports writer for the Los Angeles Times in the 1980's and covered stars like Magic Johnson and Wayne Gretzky. Her husband Don is a longtime basketball coach who most recently served as an assistant coach with Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. 

 

On today's podcast, we talk to Karen and Don about their journey of marriage, Karen's success as a writer, how sports has played a role in their life and how Covid-19 presented Karen a unique opportunity with the release of her new book.

 

Follow Karen on twitter: @KarenKingsbury

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Jul 23, 2020

BONUS EPISODE

 

Austin Davis is a pitcher with the Philadelphia Phillies. He was selected in the 12th round of the 2014 MLB Draft by Philadelphia and four years later, in June of 2018, he made his MLB Debut for the Phillies against the Cardinals.

 

Davis spent time in 2019 with the Phillies and their AAA club, Lehigh Valley and was rewarded for his pitching by being named as an International League All-Star in AAA. 

 

On this episode of the podcast, Austin shares what he's been learning during the pandemic, being selected by the Phillies, his favorite stories from his minor league journey and what that day was like when he made his MLB debut. 

 

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Jul 22, 2020

Episode 523

Ryan Young played five seasons in the NFL from 1999-2003. He was selected in the seventh round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. He would play three seasons with the Jets before being selected second overall in the 2002 NFL Expansion Draft to the Houston Texans. After injuries in Houston, he would sign with the Dallas Cowboys and his former coach Bill Parcells.

In college, Young was a two-time All-Big 12 selection at Kansas State under coach Bill Snyder. He played in three bowl games during his career with the Wildcats including Cotton Bowl and Fiesta Bowl.

Today, Ryan holds the title of "Pastor and Minister of Evangelism" at The Hills Church in Ft. Worth, Texas.

On this episode of the podcast, we talk with Ryan about his journey from football to ministry, his favorite Bill Parcells story, his battle with depression and suicide as well as the racial unrest in our country amidst a global pandemic.

 

Follow Ryan on twitter: @ryanicoach

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Jul 21, 2020

BONUS EPISODE

Devin McCourty is a 3-time Super Bowl champion and 2-time Pro Bowl safety with the New England Patriots.

He was selected by New England in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft and has spent his entire career with the Patriots.

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Devin about the 2020 offseason,  Tom Brady, Cam Newton, and how God has been his steady guide for him and his wife Michelle during a very difficult time that saw the loss of their stillborn baby girl Mia. 

Jul 20, 2020

Episode 522

 

Chris Ferguson plays quarterback at Liberty University. He transferred to the program after spending the previous three seasons at the University of Maine.

 

The 6’3″, 235 quarterback won the starting job at Maine as a redshirt-freshman and as a sophomore led Maine to a 10-4 record and a spot in the national semifinals. He suffered a season-ending foot injury in the sixth game of the 2019 season. 

 

On today's podcast. we talk to Chris about his decision to transfer to Liberty, how he's been staying working out during the pandemic, growing up in a family with nine sisters and how he has coped with the highs and lows in life.

 

Follow Chris on Instagram: http://instagram.com/cferg17/ 

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Jul 17, 2020

Episode 521

Sal Giardina is currently a professional baseball player in the Atlanta Braves organization. He was selected in the 31st round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Braves out of Lynn University in Florida.

Since becoming a pro baseball player, Sal has grinded it out through his minor league journey with stops in Rome, NY, Pearl, Mississippi and Gwinnett County, Georgia. Last year, he suffered a tear of his UCL in a spot pitching appearance and had Tommy John surgery in June of 2019. 

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Sal Giardina about love for fishing, continuing to chase his MLB dream, how the pandemic has brought him closer to his the Lord and his crazy pro baseball journey that takes him from playing, coaching, the phantom DL, injuries and even a bus crash. 

Follow Sal on Instagram: @SGiardina21


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Jul 15, 2020

Episode 520

 

LaMorris Crawford is the team chaplain of the Cincinnati Bengals. Born on the south side of Chicago, Crawford was brought into a life of poverty, gangs, drugs and violence. His mother gave birth to him at the age of 16 and was shot to death at the age of 17. LaMorris’ Dad was nowhere to be found and to this day, he’s never met his own father.

 

Amazingly, LaMorris escaped his tough upbringing and was able to become the first person in his family to graduate from college.

 

Today, Crawford, along with his wife Megan have four beautiful children, and they serve as the team chaplains for the Cincinnati Bengals. He has a passion for preaching, communicating clearly and effectively God’s word by sharing with others how the Lord can also do an incredible work in their lives.

 

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to LaMorris about trusting in God after being diagnosed with Covid-19, how he's ministering to his players during this pandemic and what he wants everyone to know about the healing power of Christ.

 

Follow LaMorris on Instagram: @LaMorris_Crawford

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Jul 14, 2020

BONUS EPISODE

Chris Broussard is currently the co-host of "The Odd Couple" on FOX Sports Radio and is a commentator of various FOX Sports and FS1 telecasts. 

For almost more than a decade, Chris worked as an NBA insider with ESPN and ESPN the Magazine. 

Chris is also the founder of K.I.N.G. Movement, a national Christian men's organization that seeks to strengthen men in their Christian faith by providing support, accountability, teaching, fellowship and brotherhood.

On today's show Chris joins us to look back at the 10 year anniversary of LeBron James' decision on ESPN, reporting on that story, remembering Stuart Scott, broadcasting amidst Covid-19 and the importance for him to filter his thoughts and responses to the current racial climate through the lens of his faith in Christ. 

 

Follow Chris on Instagram: @ChrisBroussard
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Jul 13, 2020

Episode 519

 

Art Warren is a pitcher with the Seattle Mariners. He was selected in the 23rd round of the 2015 MLB Draft by Seattle after playing his college ball at the University of Cincinnati and Ashland University.

 

His pro baseball career began in 2015 but a year earlier, he had Tommy John surgery and was told he may never be able to pitch again.

 

After five years of minor league baseball that saw him go through cities like Bakersfield, Modesto, Peoria and Little Rock, Warren would make his MLB debut on September 12, 2019 against the Cincinnati Reds. In September, he pitched six games total and allowed zero runs, 2 hits, 2 walks and struck out five in 5.1 innings. He also notched his first MLB win on September 27, 2019 against Oakland.

 

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Art about his journey of baseball and faith. Art walks us through how he’s staying ready during the pandemic, the awesome story of making his MLB debut last September, how switching a walk-out song helped him find purpose and why he believes he’s pitching on borrowed time.

 

Follow Art on Twitter: @Arthur_Warren

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Jul 10, 2020

Episode 518

 

Andy Erwin is a filmmaker and storyteller and is half of the filmmaking duo The Erwin Brothers with his brother Jon. Erwin began his career as a teenager working for ESPN as a camera operator in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. As a sports cameraman, Erwin worked with ESPN College Football Primetime, FOX NFL, and the NBA covering events such as the X Games and the Super Bowl.


In 2002, Andy founded a production company with his brother Jon.  After working on commercials and music videos, the brothers turned to developing feature films and have created features such as OCTOBER BABY, MOM'S NIGHT OUT, WOODLAWN and the 2018 smash hit I CAN ONLY IMAGINE. 

 

In 2020, the Erwin Brothers released the film I STILL BELIEVE on March 13, the same weekend that the global pandemic was declared. 

 

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Andy about his journey to filmmaking, how ESPN and a desire to work in sports helped jumpstart his career, why he wanted to make films of faith, and what the Lord has taught him during this pandemic.

 

Follow Andy on Instagram: @ErwinbroAndy

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Jul 9, 2020

BONUS EPISODE

 

Josh Lindblom is a pitcher with the Milwaukee Brewers. He was selected in the 2nd round of the 2008 MLB Drafty by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He made his Major League debut on June 1, 2011 against Colorado.

 

After stints in Philadelphia, Texas and Oakland, he would take his professional baseball talents to Korea and the KBO (Korean Baseball Organization). In 2018, he went 15-4 with a 2.88 ERA and in 2019, he went 20-3 with a 2.50 ERA and would be named the KBO Most Valuable Player for 2019.

 

On today's episode, we talk to Josh about staying prepared during a pandemic, how his faith has remained constant during the quarantine, questioning God's plan when his daughter was born and how his perspective on baseball has changed and evolved over the past three years.

 

Follow Josh on Twitter - https://twitter.com/JoshLindblom52 

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Jul 8, 2020

Episode 517

 

Steve Carter is a pastor and speaker and co-hosts the "Home Team" podcast with ESPN personality Samantha Ponder and NFL player Sam Acho.

 

Steve has been a pastor for many years and in 2016, released his first book "This Invitational Life: Risking Yourself to Align with God’s Heartbeat for Humanity."

 

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Steve about his love affair with Michigan football, the NBA, Michael Jordan and when we'll see sports again. Steve also shares how his faith took shape, what he learned going through dark moments in his life, growing up without a dad, standing up for what is right, and the importance of leading with humility and integrity.

 

Follow Steve on Instagram: @SteveRyanCarter

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Jul 6, 2020

Episode 516

 

Andre' Davis played nine seasons in the NFL from 2002-2010. He was selected in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He would spend three seasons in Cleveland, one in New England, one in Buffalo and then four seasons in Houston until retiring after the 2010 season. 

 

He played his college football at Virginia Tech, where he teamed with Michael Vick to form a dangerous QB/WR tandem that helped the Hokies to a 22-2 record including a trip to the National Championship game in the two seasons Vick and Davis played together. 

 

When he came to the NFL, Davis made his mark as a kick returner and brought back 3 kickoffs for touchdowns in 2007 with Houston. 

 

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Andre' about his journey from Virginia Tech to the NFL, the overseas trip to Rwanda that he was on with his wife as the Global Pandemic was beginning, playing with Michael Vick in college, and the physical and mental struggles he's worked through since retirement. 

 

Follow Andre' on Instagram: @1AndreDavis

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Jul 3, 2020

Episode 515

 

Maurice "Moe" Williams is currently the team chaplain of the Jacksonville Jaguars. His time in Jacksonville began in 2001 when he was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Jaguars. He would go to play nine seasons in Jacksonville, starting 100 of a career 105 games. 

 

In high school, Williams was a USA Today High School All-American in 1996 and played his college football at Michigan where he helped the Wolverines to a national championship in 1997. 

 

After returning in 2010, Moe felt called to ministry and is now ministering to the Jaguars players and staff as their team chaplain through Athletes in Action. 

 

On this episode of the podcast we talk to Moe Williams about the unique challenges presented to him in his current role during these uncertain times, how he went from being a player to a chaplain with the same team, his work with Athletes in Action and how he's found victory beyond the competition and the pain and injuries he's felt on his journey as an NFL offensive lineman.

 

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Jul 1, 2020

Episode 514

 

Matthew Driscoll is in his 10th season as the head basketball coach at North Florida. The 3-time Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year has seen a ton of success for his program since arriving in 2009 including three Atlantic Sun regular season championships, and led his club to their first ever trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2015. 

 

In 2019-2020, North Florida was 21-12 including a 13-3 record in the A-Sun and had a great opportunity to go to the Big Dance before the postseason was cancelled due to Covid-19. For his efforts, Driscoll was named the 2020 Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year. 

 

Prior to North Florida, Driscoll had coaching stops as an assistant at Wyoming, Clemson and Baylor. 

 

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Mathew Driscoll about the lessons he's learned in seeing his 2019-2020 season come to an abrupt end due to the pandemic. We also hear how he came to Christ and how that journey of faith shapes him and molds him each day as a coach and as a man. 

 

Follow Coach Driscoll on Twitter: @UNFBBALL

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