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Hosted by former ESPN Senior Producer Jason Romano, and now with over 3.6 million downloads, Sports Spectrum's podcast features stories on the intersection of sports and faith.
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Mar 31, 2022

Allan Houston played 13 seasons in the NBA with the New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons. He was a member of the 1999 Eastern Conference champions Knicks team and the 2000 U.S.A Basketball Olympic Gold Medal winning team.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Allan about winning the 2022 Athletes in Action John Wooden Keys to LIfe award, what winning that means to him, watching his daughter win a high school state championship and how he lived his faith out as a Christian in the NBA. 

You can learn more about Allan Houston's FISLL Project here


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Mar 30, 2022

Chase Daniel is a quarterback with the Los Angeles Chargers. After entering the league as an undrafted free agent 13 years ago, Daniel's career has spanned six different teams and 13 seasons. He was a member of the 2009 Saints that won Super Bowl XLIV. 

Today on the show, Chase Daniel and his wife Hillary share stories of faith, football and stewarding their finances properly from a biblical perspective. Connor Lowery from Ronald Blue Trust also joins the conversation to share encouragement for all of us in how to handle our finances well.

Today’s podcast is presented by Ronald Blue Trust 


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." 

Mar 28, 2022

Mikado Hinson is the Director of Football Player Development at Texas A&M. He joined the Aggies program in 2014 after after serving on staff with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) in Houston since 1998. Hinson also served at the University of Houston, where he spent 14 years (2000-14) as the Team Chaplain and Character Development Coach for the Cougar football program. 

During that time, Hinson was also the Team Chaplain for the Houston Rockets from 2000-08, and served on the FCA National Chaplain’s Task Force from 2010-13. He became a licensed and ordained minister in 2005. 

Hinson earned a BS in mass communications with a concentration in broadcast and journalism from Norfolk State University in 1998 and being a boxing ring announcer on the side. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Mikado about his unique role with Texas A&M's football team, what it means to be a "reformed knucklehead," hearing from God, and why he has a desire to serve and love those around him.


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Mar 27, 2022

Brian Smith serves with Athletes in Action as he helps Christian athletes and coaches think biblically about their respective sports. 

His new book "The Christian Athlete" releases April 5, 2022. 


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Mar 25, 2022

Bryant Young is a former NFL defensive tackle who played his entire 14-year NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers from 1994-2007. 

After a standout collegiate career at Notre Dame, he was selected in the first round of the 1994 NFL Draft (seventh overall) by the San Francisco 49ers, and would go on to win a Super Bowl and be named to four Pro Bowls.

He was a member of the 1990s All-Decade Team and was inducted into the San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame in 2020 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2022. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Bryant Young about being elected to the Hall of Fame, the gratitude he has to God, being honored at the Super Bowl, honoring the Lord in his Hall of Fame speech and reflecting on how his faith in Jesus has grown through the years as reaches age 50. 


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Mar 23, 2022
Emily Waldon is a baseball reporter and evaluator with Baseball America. She began covering the beat in 2015, beginning with the Class-A West Michigan Whitecaps and moving on to include affiliates from the Gulf Coast League to Triple-A Toledo. Emily transitioned to 2080 Baseball in 2016, focusing on entry-level scouting and player evaluation, video content and player features. She's also covered the Tigers with The Athletic. 

Today on the podcast, Cole Claybourn talks to Emily Waldon about her career as a writer, helping bring awareness to minor league baseball, and how she's been trusting in God since her cancer diagnosis a few months ago. 


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." 

Mar 21, 2022

Jason Roy is the lead singer of the band Building 429. He started the band in the late 1990's and released their first album in 2004. Since then, they have produced nine albums and was awarded a GRAMMY in 2013 as well as winning the award for BMI Christian Song of the Year in 2013 with "Where I Belong."

RIAA-certified gold single, "Where I Belong," further became one of the longest running Christian No. 1's in Billboard's history at 15-weeks and has over 246-million accumulative audience impressions.  Their latest single "Don't Worry" is out now everywhere music is found. 

On today's podcast, Jason Roy shares about his love for sports, finding out Albert Pujols wanted to use his music in a game, what the world of touring is like, and his desire to honor God with the music he makes. 


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Mar 20, 2022
Daniel Grothe is the associate senior pastor at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He's also a former division one college basketball player at Oral Roberts University. 

Daniel's new book "The Power of Place" is available now everywhere books are sold. 


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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." 

Mar 18, 2022

Leger Douzable played ten NFL seasons as a defensive lineman with the Jets, Titans, 49ers, Jaguars, Bills, Titans, Rams and Giants. He was undrafted after coming out of college as an All-Conference USA selection at Central Florida. 

After retiring in 2017, Douzable went into broadcasting and currently doing work covering college football and the NFL with SNY and ESPN. 

Today on the podcast we talk to Leger Douzable about his faith in Christ, leaning on God when life throws you curveballs, pursuing his broadcasting career, being thankful for his one playoff game he played in and what it means to fully place your trust in the Lord. 


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Mar 16, 2022

Kristy McPherson is an LPGA Tour Pro who has had 17 career top-10 finishes in her 19 year career. She played college golf at South Carolina University and earned seven victories in her four year college career. She was awarded the Honda Inspiration Award which is given to a collegiate athlete "who has overcome hardship and was able to return to play at the collegiate level."

Growing up, McPherson was diagnosed with Still's Disease at age 11 (juvenile idiopathic arthritis) and was confined mostly to bed and unable to walk for a year, she was told she would no longer be able to compete in any sport that required jumping or running. Kristy overcame that and in 2008, she recorded six top-10 finishes, and finished 47th on the official money list. In 2009, McPherson recorded a T-2 in a LPGA major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, followed by a T-5 three months later at the next major, the LPGA Championship.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Kristy about overcoming Still's Disease, living for Jesus, being baptized, and her professional golf future. 


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." 

Mar 14, 2022

Luke Weaver is a pitcher with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was selected in the first round of the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals after a stellar college career at Florida State University. In August of 2016, he made his MLB debut with the Cardinals and was named the Cardinals 2016 Minor League Pitcher of the Year. 

After two more seasons in the Majors, Weaver was traded on December 5, 2018 to the Arizona Diamondbacks with Carson Kelly and Andy Young in exchange for Paul Goldschmidt. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Luke Weaver about preparing for the 2022 season, trusting in God amidst uncertainty, being discipled and mentored in St Louis by Adam Wainwright, the shock of being traded to Arizona and using his baseball glove as a way to share his faith. 

Learn more about Luke's gloves at AriaGloves.com.


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." 

Mar 13, 2022

Vance Pitman is the lead pastor of Hope Church in Las Vegas. He is the author of multiple books including his latest, "The Stressless Life." 

Today on the podcast, we talk about how to live a stressless life in 2022, church planting, where his love for Alabama football comes from and why Las Vegas is a great place to live out the intersection of sports and faith. 


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." 

Mar 11, 2022

Ben Roethlisberger played 18 seasons as the quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2004-2021. He announced his retirement from the NFL in late January 2022 after a career that saw him lead Pittsburgh to three Super Bowls, winning two championships and being selected to six Pro Bowls. At the time of his retirement, he was fifth all-time on the NFL passing yardage list (64,088) and eight all-time on the NFL passing touchdowns list (418). 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Ben Roethlisberger about retirement, turning 40 years old, what it was like to live out his faith as an NFL player, using the platform of football to give back and the decision he made to be baptized a few years ago. 


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." 

Mar 9, 2022

Matt Sayman is a former Baylor Men's Basketball player and the current head high school basketball coach in Texas. He received a full scholarship from Baylor and played basketball there from 2000-2004. After remaining with the program following a shocking scandal in the off-season before his senior year, Matt would go on to break the Baylor career record for games played (118).

Today on the podcast, Matt Sayman shares how he was able to navigate the 2003-04 Baylor basketball season amidst a shocking scandal, what he learned during the difficult moments, forgiving his former coach, his connection with former Cowboys QB Tony Romo, and the powerful moment of surrendering to 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." 

Mar 7, 2022

Jake Boss Jr is the head baseball coach for the Michigan State Spartans, In 13 seasons at MSU, Boss has compiled a 359-302 (.543) record. His 359 wins are the most over a 13-year span in program history. Five of the 10 winningest seasons in MSU history have come under Boss’ direction. He has guided the Spartans to 30-win seasons in seven of the last 11 completed seasons, as well as the Big Ten regular-season championship in 2011 and the NCAA Tournament in 2012.

During Boss’ tenure at Michigan State, MSU has had 35 selections in the Major League Baseball Draft, including three or more in six of the last 11 years. His father, Jake Boss Sr. is a longtime baseball coach who was inducted into the Lansing Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Jake Boss Sr about the lessons learned from his father, playing baseball in March in cold weather, living his faith out as a coach and the responsibility he believes he has as a leader of young men at Michigan State. 


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." 

Mar 6, 2022

Today on the podcast, our Sports Spectrum Managing Editor Jon Ackerman joins host Jason Romano to preview the 2022 Spring edition of the Sports Spectrum Magazine with Adam and Jenny Wainwright on the cover. 


SIGN UP HERE for Sports Spectrum Magazine and use the code WAINO15 to get 15% off a one-year subscription. 

Mar 4, 2022

Tanner Morgan is a quarterback with the Minnesota Golden Gophers. He joined the Gophers in 2017 and redshirted his first year. In 2018, he took over as the team's starter and remained there through 2021. Because of Covid and the pandemic, Morgan will return for a 6th super senior season in 2022.

Morgan was a high school standout in Kentucky, where threw for 27 touchdowns his senior year. He originally committed to Wester Michigan but changed his mind and committed to Minnesota when head coach P.J. Fleck joined the Gophers.

In 2019, Morgan set multiple Minnesota records including passing yards, touchdown passes (30) and in a 38-31 win over Purdue, he finished with the highest completion percentage in a game in Big Ten history (21-22, 95.45%)

Today on the podcast, Tanner shares about being a Big Ten quarterback, returning to Minnesota for 2022, losing his father to cancer in 2021, working through grief and how his faith in Jesus Christ has been his anchor.


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." 

Mar 2, 2022

Jennifer Rocha is Associate head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners softball program. The former OU softball player coached for 13 years with the Florida Gators before returning to her alma mater in the summer of 2018.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Jennifer Rocha about leadership, coaching with Jesus at the center, how her faith motivates her to be the best coach she can be and the importance of relationships with her fellow coaches and with her players.


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." 

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