Thomas Davis is a 3-time Pro Bowl linebacker with the Carolina Panthers. He's the 2014 NFL Man of the Year, and played in Super Bowl 50 with Carolina.
Selected in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft by Carolina, Thomas has played his entire 13-year career in Charlotte.
In early April 2018, the NFL suspended Thomas 4 games after he tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug. Davis was remorseful in his apology and said he never intentionally cheated the game that he so loved.
On this episode of the podcast, Thomas shares growing up without a Dad in small-town Georgia, being drafted to the NFL, how he parents his kids, why saying "I love you" is a priority to him as a Dad and how he learned to trust God during his lowest point on the field after suffering 3 straight ACL tears.
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Jason Benham is a former minor league baseball player. Along with his brother David, they've written the book "Miracle in Shreveport," an incredible story of their baseball journey from age 5 to 25.
Benham and his brother are nationally acclaimed entrepreneurs, and bestselling authors of "Whatever the Cost" and Living Among Lions." The twin brother's business success earned them a reality show with HGTV, set to air during the 2014 fall season. Due to their commitment to biblical values, the show was abruptly cancelled. Instead of backing down, the brothers decided to stand and fight for what they believe.
Jason played his college baseball with his brother at Liberty University. After being named Conference Player of the Year in college, he was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in MLB's amateur draft. After breaking his leg in half in the minors he thought he’d never play again. And then the miracle in Shreveport began to take shape.
Husband to Tori and Dad to four children, Jason stays busy with his family, his business, and traveling with his brother to conferences and events across the country, to share the Gospel of Jesus.
On this episode of the podcast, Jason Benham shares the story of how he and his brother ended up playing professional baseball together and achieving the dream that they had prayed about since they were young boys.
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As the south’s sweetheart of sports, Rachel Baribeau has been dubbed an “SEC-ologist” as she has covered the SEC, and college football, for over ten years. In fall of 2015, she was bestowed a Heisman vote by the Heisman Trust. These days can be heard on SiriusXM's ESPNU Radio. She was the first female host on that platform. She can also be heard on MadDog Sports Radio, in the SiriusXM family of Networks. Her heartfelt, and captivating, storytelling is also featured on www.GridironNow.com
Outside of her broadcast work, Baribeau may put down the microphone but chooses to pick up a megaphone and rally others for the causes in her community. In April of 2014, she organized a climb up Kilimanjaro for former NFL, and Alabama, fullback Kevin Turner, who suffers from ALS. The climb was later turned into a movie narrated by Mike Ditka. For more information on how to get involved in finding a cure for ALS, or to see the movie, visitwww.KevinTurnerFoundation.org!
Rachel is also an avid speaker at many colleges and churches, sharing her story on “Changing the Narrative.”
On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Rachel about her faith in Jesus, her passion for college football, why "changing the narrative" is so near and dear to her heart, and why mentoring young female broadcasters has become a passion of hers.
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In 1987, John O'Leary was a curious nine-year-old boy. Playing with fire and gasoline, John created a massive explosion in his home and was burned on 100% of his body.
He was given a 1% chance to live.
And live he did.
With the help of a St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame broadcaster, and his love for baseball, John was able to survive and even more than that thrive in life.
John is now a motivational speaker and author, sharing his incredible story. His new book, "ON FIRE: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life" was an instant #1 National Bestseller selling 30,000 copies in the first 3 weeks.
On this episode of the podcast, John shares his story, recalling vivid details of what it was like sitting in a hospital bed moments from death, how he learned to write after losing his fingers, how a baseball hall of fame announcer helped him heal and impacted his life, and taking his mess, his darkest time, and turning into a powerful message of faith, hope and love.
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Matthew West is a four-time GRAMMY® nominee, a multiple-ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner and Dove Award recipient, and was awarded an American Music Award (2013), a Billboard Music Award (Top Christian Artist, 2014), a K-LOVE Fan Award (2016), and named Billboard’s Hot Christian Songwriter of the Year (2016).
In addition to his own recording career, he has co-hosted the K-LOVE Fan Awards three times and has more than 130 songwriting credits to his name, including cuts by Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery, Casting Crowns, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, and Mandisa, among others. Selling more than 1.6 million albums to date (TEA), West’s discography includes acclaimed releases: Live Forever (2015), GRAMMY-nominated Into The Light (2012), The Story of Your Life (2010), Something to Say (2008), History (2005) and Happy (2003).
His latest album All In releases September 22, 2017.
Adding author to his list of accolades, West has written five books to date: Give This Christmas Away, The Story Of Your Life, Forgiveness, Today Is Day One, and his newest release, Hello My Name Is. He is also passionate about providing hope and healing through the power of prayer and story, so along with his father Pastor Joe West he founded popwe, a non-profit ministry helping others to craft, share, and live a more meaningful life. Please visit popwe.org for more information.
On this episode of the podcast, we talk with Matthew about the release of his new album, his new book, the story of coming to faith in Christ, his love for baseball, why he picked the Patriots to win the Super Bowl (again) and how an accident almost prevented him from becoming the musician he is today.
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Scott Hanson hosts the NFL RedZone channel every Sunday during the season.
He is a graduate of Syracuse University and has been working with the NFL Network since 2006.
On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Scott about what it's like to be LIVE on television, without a bathroom break for 7 straight hours. We also hear his amazing story of how he came to faith in Christ, and why missions and going overseas to share God's love to others, is extremely important to him.
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Jaccob Slavin was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 4th round (120th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut on November 20, 2015.
Slavin played every game for the Hurricanes this past year and even scored his first ever hat-trick on March 13 against the Islanders.
Jaccob comes from a very large family that has been about three things: Faith, Family and Hockey.
In this episode, Jaccob Slavin shares the story of when his faith in Christ became his own, the crazy way met his wife, and his welcome to the NHL moment as a rookie back in 2015.
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Sam and Emmanuel Acho are brothers who both achieved their dream of making it to the NFL.
Sam was selected in the 4th round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Cardinals and played in Arizona from 2011-2014 before signing with the Bears in 2015 and playing the last 2 seasons in Chicago.
Emmanuel was selected in the 6th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. His career spanned 4 seasons with stints in Cleveland, Philadelphia and with the New York Giants. Emmanuel last played in the NFL with Philadelphia in 2015.
In this episode, the Acho brothers discuss their faith, growing up as elite athletes, faith in the NFL locker room, and how to navigate the world of race through the lens of the gospel.
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Former NFL QB Matt Hasselbeck and Matt Chandler, Pastor of The Village Church in Dallas, TX, join us on the Sports Spectrum Podcast.
Chandler, grew up away from God and shares his story of how he came to the faith and eventually became a pastor in Dallas. Pastor Matt also shares how he pastors superstar NFL players like Tony Romo at his church. Lastly, on Thanksgiving morning in 2009, Chandler had a seizure at his home and was later diagnosed with anapestic oligodendroglioma, a malignant brain tumor. Pastor Matt talks in great detail about how he dealt with the news and how his faith was tested.
Hasselbeck played 17 seasons in the NFL with the Packers, Seahawks, Titans and Colts. Matt grew up as a Christian, but shares how he had to make his faith his own and not just what he was taught as a kid. We also take you inside the locker room and how Hasselbeck, the quarterback, the face of a team, lived out his life as a believer.
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