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Sports Spectrum Podcast

Launched in 2017 and now with over 4 million downloads, Sports Spectrum's podcast features stories on the intersection of sports and faith. Hosted by former ESPN Senior Producer Jason Romano, new conversations drop 3 times each week.
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Now displaying: February, 2022
Feb 28, 2022

Jake Reed is currently an MLB pitcher with the New York Mets. He was selected in the 5th round of the 2014 MLB Draft by Minnesota. In 2021, after 7 years of minor league baseball, he finally made his MLB debut in 2021. 

Jake is married to Janie Reed, a member of Team USA's softball team, who won a silver medal in the 2020 Summer Olympics. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Jake about his crazy 2021, clinging to his faith in God, making his MLB debut and cheering his wife on at the Summer Olympics. 


Looking for a great gift idea? Order our new devotional book: "The Increase 52 Week Devotional: Inspiring Stories of Faith from the World of Pro Sports." 

Feb 27, 2022

Dr. Tim Clinton is the president of the American Association of Christian Counselors and Executive Director of the James Dobson Family Institute. He's also a recurring co-host of "Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk."

Zach Clinton is the president of Ignite Men's Impact Weekend and host of the "Built Different Podcast."


Be a part of the Ignite Men's Conference in Lynchburg, Virginia on Friday March 11 and Saturday March 12. Order your tickets at IgniteMen.net and use the discount code SPORTSSPECTRUM to save 10% on your registration. 

Feb 25, 2022

Quarterback Isaiah Sanders just finished his college football career at Stanford. A sixth-year senior from Aurora, Colorado, graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 2019 with a BS in Systems Engineering, and later earned a MS in Management Science and Engineering. During that time, he was named a member of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, was named a Mountain West Conference Scholar-Athlete, and in 2019 was a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy and a finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy.  In 2020, as a fifth-year senior, Sanders transferred to Stanford and continued on this season for the Cardinal at quarterback.

In 2021, it was announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN that Sanders is the 2021 recipient of the Wuerffel Trophy. At Stanford, he founded the “Adopt-A-Cardinal” program, which pairs a football player or position group with a classroom of grade school students to regularly encourage them, read to them, to assist them with their homework and to help them in any way possible.  He participated in the Lockheed Martin Internship in Orlando, was Cadet-in-Charge of FCA, and was the Community Service representative for three years at the Academy. Sanders was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force in April 2020 and was selected as a Human Factors Engineer by the USAF.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Isaiah Sanders about football as a platform to share his faith, serving in the United States Air Force, leading Bible studies with  FCA and why his walk with Christ is the guiding light for him to give back to others.


Looking for a great gift idea? Order our new devotional book: "The Increase 52 Week Devotional: Inspiring Stories of Faith from the World of Pro Sports." 

Feb 23, 2022

Morris Michalski is a former basketball coach who serves with Athletes in Action as a basketball specialist. His role is to work with various basketball programs around the country at the high school, college and pro level as a life coach and mentor. 

Known as "Coach Mo" to everyone he comes into contact with, his desire is to serve for the good of the game, the growth of its people and to the glory of God. 

Today on the podcast, Coach Mo shares his journey to Christ, how the game of basketball is a great way to share the Gospel, and his role with Athletes in Action. 


Looking for a great gift idea? Order our new devotional book: "The Increase 52 Week Devotional: Inspiring Stories of Faith from the World of Pro Sports." 

Feb 21, 2022

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and his wife Jenny join the show today to discuss their marriage, the decision for Adam to return to the mound in 2022 and how the important role of faith in their relationship. 


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Feb 20, 2022

Shawn Johnson is the pastor of Red Rocks Church in Denver, Colorado. His new book "Attacking Anxiety" is available now. 


Looking for a great gift idea? Order our new devotional book: "The Increase 52 Week Devotional: Inspiring Stories of Faith from the World of Pro Sports." 

Feb 18, 2022
Jason Adam is a professional baseball pitcher who spent the 2021 season with the Chicago Cubs. 

He made his MLB debut May 5, 2018 with the Kansas City Royals and in 2019, pitched with the Blue Jays in Toronto. In 2020 and 2021, he was with the Cubs, splitting time with the big league club and their AAA affiliate in Iowa. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Jason Adam about his time with the Cubs, the gruesome injury he suffered in early 2021, trusting in God's plan and the amazing comeback he made to return to the mound before the end of the season. 


Looking for a great gift idea? Order our new devotional book: "The Increase 52 Week Devotional: Inspiring Stories of Faith from the World of Pro Sports." 

Feb 18, 2022

Sam Acho is the author of "Let the World See You" and a football analyst with ESPN. Sam played nine years in the NFL as a pass rusher with the Cardinals, Bears, Bills and Buccaneers. 

Learn more about rhe great work IJM is doing by going to IJM.org/SuperBowl.


Looking for a great gift idea? Order our new devotional book: "The Increase 52 Week Devotional: Inspiring Stories of Faith from the World of Pro Sports." 

Feb 16, 2022

Kai Crutchfield is a senior guard with the NC State Women's basketball team. She joined the Wolfpack in 2017 as a freshman after a stellar high school career that saw her win NCBCA District 5 Player of the Year and All-State First Team in 2016-17. Ranked as the 82nd overall player in her class, Crutchfield has helped NC State to a Sweet Sixteen berth in 2018, 2019 and 2021. 

Away from the court, Crutchfield is an entrepreneur and has started her own apparel line called "Scripted Apprl" with the goal of putting faith into fashion.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Kai Crutchfield about her role as a college basketball player, her strong faith in Jesus and how that faith led her to start her own apparel line with "Scripted Apprl."


Looking for a great gift idea? Order our new devotional book: "The Increase 52 Week Devotional: Inspiring Stories of Faith from the World of Pro Sports." 

Feb 14, 2022

Mark Appel was the number one overall pick in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft by the Houston Astros. In 2015, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies and at the age of 26, stepped away from baseball in 2018. After a few years away from the game, he announced he was making a comeback to chase his MLB dream and return to pitch professionally. He would appear in 23 games with the Phillies AA and AAA minor league affiliates striking out 60 batters in 71 innings pitched. 

In college, Mark was a standout pitcher for the Stanford Cardinal where he won National Pitcher of the Year in 2012 and in 2013 was named the Pac-12 Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Mark Appel about chasing his MLB dream, returning to pitch after 3 years, his viral social media post from September 2021, and whether he is going to continue his pitching career. 


Looking for a great gift idea? Order our new devotional book: "The Increase 52 Week Devotional: Inspiring Stories of Faith from the World of Pro Sports." 

Feb 13, 2022

Justin Forsett is a former Pro Bowl running back in the NFL who played nine seasons with the Ravens, Seahawks, Colts, Texans, Jaguars, Broncos and Lions. 

He joined us on Radio Row at Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles to talk about his NFL identity, his faith in Jesus, his work with Hustle Clean and the Bible verse that he's been meditating on. 


Looking for a great gift idea? Order our new devotional book: "The Increase 52 Week Devotional: Inspiring Stories of Faith from the World of Pro Sports." 

Feb 12, 2022

Bill Curry is a two-time Super Bowl champion who played 10 seasons in the NFL with the Packers, Colts, Oilers and Rams.  He participated in Super Bowl I, III and V and played for legendary coaches Vince Lombardi and Don Shula.

As a coach, Curry was the head football coach at Georgia Tech, Alabama and Kentucky, winning the 1989 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year award. 

Today we talk to Bill Curry about Super Bowl 56, what it was like playing in the first ever Super Bowl, the faith of Vince Lombardi and his final NFL season in 1974 as a member of the Los Angeles Rams. 


 

WATCH a special Super Bowl edition of Sports Spectrum's "Weekly Slant" with Bill Curry, Nick Foles and Dan Orlovsky here

Feb 11, 2022
Chicago Bears QB Nick Foles joins Jade McCarthy to share about the lessons learned from the 2021 season, preparing for his post-playing career, his Super Bowl memories with the Eagles and his prediction for Super Bowl LVI. 

 

WATCH a special Super Bowl edition of Sports Spectrum's "Weekly Slant" with Bill Curry, Nick Foles and Dan Orlovsky here

Feb 11, 2022

Shaun Alexander is a former NFL running back with the Seattle Seahawks who was the 2005 NFL MVP. He joined Jason Romano on Radio Row at Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles, CA to talk faith, discipleship, his 2005 season and his work with Cafe Momentum. 


Looking for a great gift idea? Order our new devotional book: "The Increase 52 Week Devotional: Inspiring Stories of Faith from the World of Pro Sports." 

Feb 10, 2022

Philadelphia Eagles safety Rodney McLeod joined us at Super Bowl LVI's Radio Row to talk about his Super Bowl experience with Philly 4 years ago, the vital role of faith in his life and the importance of giving back through his foundation. 

Learn more about Rodney's foundation at ChangeourFuture.org.


 

Feb 10, 2022
Dick Vermeil is an NFL coaching legend. He was the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles from 1976-1982 and led them to their first ever Super Bowl berth in 1980. 

After a 15-year hiatus in coaching, Vermeil returned in 1997 to coach the Rams. In 1999, he led them to 

Feb 9, 2022

NFL veteran Michael Thomas wasn't on an NFL team at the beginning of the season. In October he signed with the Bengals and the former Pro Bowl special teams ace is now an AFC champion and getting ready to take on the Rams in Super Bowl LVI.


Looking for a great gift idea? Order our new devotional book: "The Increase 52 Week Devotional: Inspiring Stories of Faith from the World of Pro Sports." 

Feb 8, 2022
Kevin Nickerson is the team chaplain of the Los Angeles Rams. He joins us today to talk about the team advancing to Super Bowl LVI, and his desire to see players grow in their relationship with Jesus. 
Looking for a great gift idea? Order our new devotional book: "The Increase 52 Week Devotional: Inspiring Stories of Faith from the World of Pro Sports." 
Feb 7, 2022

ESPN NFL Analyst Dan Orlovsky joins Brock Huard today to preview Super Bowl LVI. We also talk to Dan about his relationship with Christ, trusting in God to direct his steps, mentors that have shaped him and how he's blooming where God has planted him at ESPN. 


 

WATCH a special Super Bowl edition of Sports Spectrum's "Weekly Slant" with Bill Curry, Nick Foles and Dan Orlovsky here.

Feb 7, 2022

Ryan Carr is the Vice President of Player Personnel with the Indiana Pacers. His primary job is overseeing the Pacers scouting department as they prepare for the NBA Draft. His journey to the NBA is an improbable one that began in high school and a letter he wrote to then Indiana head basketball coach Bobby Knight. From there, he was introduced to Basketball Hall of Famer Larry Bird, coach of the Pacers at the time, and suddenly, he's now entering his 19th year with Indiana Pacers.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Ryan about his incredible journey to the NBA, how his faith in Jesus has evolved and grown over the years, working for Bobby Knight and Larry Bird, and why his desire now is to make an eternal impact on all he comes in contact with.

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Looking for a great gift idea? Order our new devotional book: "The Increase 52 Week Devotional: Inspiring Stories of Faith from the World of Pro Sports." 

Feb 6, 2022
Clay Scroggins is the lead pastor of Buckhead Church in Atlanta and the author of three books including "How to Lead When You're Not in Charge" and "How to Lead in a World of Distraction." 

His latest book "The Aspiring Leader’s Guide to the Future: 9 Surprising Ways Leadership is Changing” released January 11, 2022. 


Looking for a great gift idea? Order our new devotional book: "The Increase 52 Week Devotional: Inspiring Stories of Faith from the World of Pro Sports." 

Feb 4, 2022

Tre Boston is an NFL defensive back who has played seven seasons with the Panthers, Cardinals and Chargers. He was selected in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by Carolina after a college career at the University of North Carolina that saw him named as an All-ACC second team safety in 2013. 

In his second season, Tre was a member of the 2015 Panthers that won the NFC championship and reached Super Bowl 50. After three seasons in Carolina, Tre played one season with Arizona in 2017, one season with the Chargers in 2018 and then returned to Carolina in 2019 and 2020. In 2021, he was waived by the Panthers and didn't play for an NFL team. 

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Tre Boston about not playing football in 2021, his NFL future, playing in the Super Bowl, God's guidance on his life and not letting money become an idol. 

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Feb 2, 2022

Janese Constantine is an assistant women's basketball coach at the University of Alabama. She joined the Crimson Tide in her current role back in June of 2020. Her husband Paul is a member of the University of Alabama football strength and conditioning staff.

Prior to her arrival at Alabama, she spent four seasons with Indiana University and two seasons with IUPUI. In high school, Constantine was named Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Indiana in 2004 and played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin. She ended her career as one of 10 players in Badgers history to eclipse 1,500 career points.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Janese about working with the same school as her husband, balancing marriage, coaching and parenting, the importance of mentoring the players on her team and why coaching is her ministry to share Jesus with others

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