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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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Nov 27, 2022

Chris Carlisle is a former Super Bowl champion performance coach and the author of "MOVE or DIE: Creating a Game-Plan from Stuck to Significance."


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Nov 20, 2022

Kellen Cox is a former college football player who serves as the Executive Vice President of Ministry Advancement with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Kansas City, MO. He oversees FCA’s Ministry Environments and Resources in order to effectively engage, equip, and empower coaches and athletes around the world. 


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Nov 14, 2022

Oscar Tshiebwe is a college basketball player with University of Kentucky. In 2021-22, he won the John Wooden Award for college basketball's national player of the year. He averaged 17.4 ppg and 15.1 rebounds in leading Kentucky to 26 wins and a No.2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. In April 2022, he announced he would return for his senior season with the Wildcats.

Tshiebwe grew up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and didn't play basketball until age 14. After moving to the United States in 2015, he quickly developed as a player and in his senior season, was named Pennsylvania's Gatorade Player of the Year. After a few seasons with West Virginia, Oscar came to Kentucky in 2021.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Oscar Tshiebwe about how prayer and fasting played a role in his decision to return to Kentucky and why his goal as a basketball player is to point people to Jesus.


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Nov 9, 2022

Marquis Daniels is a former NBA player who is currently the Director of Player Development for the Auburn Tigers basketball team under head coach Bruce Pearl. Daniels played his college basketball at Auburn, where he was named All-SEC second team his senior year.

Daniels would go undrafted coming into the NBA, but signed with the Dallas Mavericks. In his 12 year career, Daniels was a member of  four teams and played in two NBA Finals (2006, 2010). 

Today on the podcast, Marquis Daniels talks about his role with Auburn, giving back to young people, his time in the NBA, the injury that almost ended his career, and the obstacles he's had to overcome recently that have drawn him closer to God. 


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Nov 4, 2022

Paul Allen has been the voice of the Minnesota Vikings Radio Network since 2002. He also hosts a daily show, “Allen’s Page,” on KFAN radio in Minneapolis and is the voice at Canterbury Park horse racing each summer. He’s called more than 40,000 horse races and more than 400 Vikings games.

Allen came to faith in Christ at age 52 in June 2019, and is now also the host of the “Faith and Goal” podcast, which intersects sports and faith.

Today on the show,  Paul Allen returns to discuss 2 Corinthians 5:20 and what it means to be an ambassador for Christ in the sports world.


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Oct 28, 2022

Jade McCarthy is the host of Sports Spectrum's Transformed podcast and a former ESPN on-air talent.

Today on the podcast, Jason and Jade react to Brian Dawkins' comments on a recent "Transformed" podcast about gratitude and discuss what it means to be disciplined in our walk with Jesus. 

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Sep 7, 2022

Annika Schmidt is a professional soccer player with the Houston Dash in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). In college, she was a three-year starter at Butler University and selected to the All-Big East First-Team three consecutive years.

In 2020, she signed to play soccer overseas in Sweden with Goteborg FC and then in January 2021, she signed with the Houston Dash and the NWSL. In May 2022, she tore her ACL and meniscus while training for the upcoming season and missed the entire year.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Annika about her soccer career, her faith in Jesus, the knee injury she suffered in May 2022 and how she's trusting God to guide her in he midst of this setback.


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Jul 31, 2022

Welcome to the Sports Spectrum Minute. A new segment featuring a short clip of inspiration from a previous Sports Spectrum Podcast interview.

Today we hear from former 6-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman and current ESPN NFL Analyst Jeff Saturday.  He appeared on Sports Spectrum's Podcast in December 2018. You can listen to the entire interview here


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Oct 29, 2021

Today on the podcast, we talk to Westlake (TX) high school QB and 5-star Clemson recruit Cade Klubnik about his 2021 season, recovering from injury, being recruited by Clemson, winning the state championship and the importance of playing for an audience of one, Jesus.

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Oct 25, 2021

David Klingler played seven seasons in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers. He was selected 6th overall in the 1992 NFL Draft by the Bengals after a stellar college career at the University of Houston that saw him set multiple records and finish as a Heisman Finalist in 1990. 

Among the records Klingler set at Houston include him throwing for 11 touchdown passes in one game on November 17, 1990 against Eastern Washington. In December 1990, he set the NCAA D-1 record for most yards gained a single game with 716 (since surpassed in 2014). 

After his playing career, David obtained his Masters in Theology in 2004 and a PhD in Old Testament Studies in 2010 from Dallas Theological Seminary, where is currently an Associate Professor of Bible Exposition. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to David Klingler about his incredible college football career, getting drafted 6th overall in 1992 by the Bengals and his desire to teach people how to read and understand God's word. 

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Oct 23, 2021

Morgan Burns is a former cornerback and kick returner for the Kansas State Wildcats. His senior year, he returned four kickoffs for touchdowns and earned Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year from the league's coaches. 

After going undrafted in 2016, he signed with the Tennessee Titans but just a few weeks later, he walked away from pro football to pursue ministry where he spent time as a youth pastor at City Church in Wichita, Kansas.

He is currently the lead pastor of a church plant in Wichita (Redeemer Church). 

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Oct 22, 2021

Jade McCarthy talks to Louisiana football coach Billy Napier about growing up in a faith-based family, the impact his dad had on him as a leader, lessons learned from Dabo Swinney and Nick Saban and the gift of opportunity.

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Oct 20, 2021

Tyler Zombro is a pitcher with the Tampa Bay Rays organization. He pitched in college with George Mason University and then signed with the Rays in 2017. After going a few years through the minor league system, Zombro reached as high as AAA in 2019 and in 2021, was back in AAA pitching with the Durham Bulls.

On June 3, 2021, Tyler was facing Brent Cumberland of the Norfolk Tides when a pitch was hit back up the middle at over 100 mph and hit Zombro in the right side of the head just above the ear knocking him unconscious. After being taken to the hospital, neurosurgeons at Duke University Hospital installed 16 plates and 36 screws during 2 1/2 hours of emergency surgery to stabilize Zombro’s skull

Today on the podcast, we talk to Tyler about his journey of baseball, wisdom from his grandfather Wimpy, that scary day in June 2021, his desire to possibly pitch again, the prayer he prays on the mound, and how his faith in God has shown him that he's here for a bigger purpose than baseball. 

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Oct 18, 2021

Monty Williams is entering his third season as the head coach of the Phoenix Suns. In 2020-21, he led the Suns to their first NBA Finals appearance since 1993 and finished second behind Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau for the NBA's Coach of the Year award. 

Prior to his time in Phoenix, Williams had coaching stops in New Orleans, Portland and Oklahoma City. The former player was a No. 1 draft pick by the New York Knicks back in 1994. He played for 10 seasons with the Knicks, Spurs, Nuggets, Magic and 76ers before retiring after the 2003 season. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Monty Williams about success, humility, the 2021 NBA Finals experience, serving others and the legacy he wants to leave. 

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Oct 16, 2021

Jon Seidl is the author of "Finding Rest: A Survivor's Guide to Navigating the Valleys of Anxiety, Faith and Life." He is also a huge Green Bay Packers fan and has worked with popular organizations like I Am Second and TheCourage and some of the media's biggest names including Glenn Beck, Kirk Cameron and Chip and Joanna Gaines. 

Today on the podcast, Jon shares about his experience attending the Packers Super Bowl parade in 2011, his love for Milwaukee sports, experiencing tragedy and how God has helped him find rest in overcoming the losses of those closest to him.

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Oct 13, 2021

Jeff Allen has been the Director of Sports Medicine with the University of Alabama since 2007. During his time at Alabama as their head Athletic Trainer, he's been a part of six national championships and is considered one of the most respected athletic trainers in the country. 

Prior to this time with the Crimson Tide, Allen served as the head athletic trainer at Tennessee-Chattanooga and Central Florida. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Jeff about his journey to Alabama, why Nick Saban believed in him, how playing football helped guide him to becoming an athletic trainer and why his faith is crucial to the way he does his job and lives his life. 

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Oct 11, 2021

Johnathan Franklin is a former NFL running back. He was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. In college at UCLA, Franklin had a standout career rushing for a school record 4,403 yards and 31 touchdowns. 

In his senior year of 2012, he led UCLA to a Pac-12 South Division championship rushing for 1,734 yards and 13 touchdowns. Expectations were high for the Los Angeles native and when he arrived at Green Bay, he immediately made an impact, rushing for 103 yards in Week 3 against Cincinnati. But in week 12 against the Vikings, Franklin suffered a neck injury that would end his football playing career at the age of 24.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Johnathan Franklin about his career-ending injury, what he learned from God during that dark time, how he was able to push forward and find new purpose and why he's excited to be in his front office role with the Los Angeles Rams. 

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Oct 9, 2021

Caleb Kaltenbach is the executive director of the Messy Grace Group and the author of God of Tomorrow and Messy Grace, the story of being raised by three activist gay parents, accepting Jesus, and seeing his parents trust Jesus.

Today on the podcast, Jason and Caleb share their mutual love for football, Star Wars, Karate Kid, Marvel movies and whether Patrick Mahomes is the greatest KC Chiefs player ever. Then halfway through the podcast, we hear Caleb's incredibly powerful story and talk about his books Messy Grace and Messy Truth. 

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Oct 8, 2021

It's a FOOTBALL FRIDAY. Today, Brock Huard talks to coach Hugh Freeze about the 2021 Liberty Flames, coaching QB Malik Willis, his faith in Jesus and the importance of staying humble. 

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Oct 6, 2021

Paul Mills is the men's head basketball coach at Oral Roberts University. For fourteen years from 2003-2017, Mills was an assistant coach with the Baylor Bears under head coach Scott Drew before taking the job with Oral Roberts on April 28, 2017.

In the 2020-2021 season, Mills led Oral Roberts on an improbable March Madness run that saw them defeat No. 2 seed Ohio State and No. 7 seed Florida to advance to the Sweet Sixteen before losing to Arkansas 72-70. They were just the second 15 seed to ever advance to the Sweet Sixteen in the history of the NCAA Tournament.

Today on the podcast, we talk to coach Paul Mills about his incredible March Madness run, the lessons learned from success and defeat, using the national platform as an opportunity to share the Gospel and his love for the movie Hoosiers.

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Oct 4, 2021

Mike Donehey is a singer/songwriter and the former lead man with Tenth Avenue North. 

In 2019, Donehey released his first book, "Finding God's Life For My Will" and in August 2021, he released his first solo album, "Flourish."

Today on the podcast, Mike Donehey shares about pivoting from Tenth Avenue North, releasing his new album, wrestling with jealousy and comparison and his struggle with victimhood and identity. 

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Oct 2, 2021

Brett Hagler is the CEO and Co-Founder of New Story and a cancer survivor. Brett’s been recognized on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list in 2016, named one of the Top 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs, and his company was named among Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies in the World” four different times.

Today on the podcast, Brett shares how a high school basketball career was derailed after being diagnosed with cancer at age 18. He also talks about leadership and how his relationship with Christ guides the work that he does in helping others across the world with New Story. 

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Oct 1, 2021

Today we talk to Dr. Derwin Gray, pastor of Transformation Church near Charlotte, NC and former NFL safety about his pro football career, sacking Jim Kelly and Dan Marino, intercepting passes from Steve Young, playing in the 1995 AFC Championship Game, and how he went from being a player to a pastor. 

Derwin's new book "GOD, DO YOU HEAR ME?" releases October 5, 2021. 

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Sep 30, 2021

Andy Erwin is a filmmaker and movie producer. He and his brother Jon are part of the filmmaking team known as "The Erwin Brothers." 

His films include Mom's Night Out, Woodlawn, I Can Only Imagine and I Still Believe.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Andy about latest projects, "The Jesus Music" and "American Underdog."

The Jesus Music Documentary releases in theaters October 1, 2021. You can learn more at TheJesusMusic.movie

American Underdog releases in theaters December 25, 2021. 

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Sep 29, 2021

Jason Standridge was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the first round of the 1997 MLB Draft (31st overall). Four years later, he made his MLB debut with Tampa against Texas and would go on to pitch in parts of seven seasons in the Big Leagues appearing in 80 games with Tampa, Texas, Cincinnati and Kansas City.

In 2008, Jason made the decision to pith overseas  in Japan and was there for the next 10 seasons before retiring after 2017. A big part of Jason's journey has been serving and he's currently involved with Water Mission, a Christian engineering ministry that flights the global water crisis. He and his wife Joy have supported the ministry by taking trips to Haiti and Uganda in several refugee camps where Water Mission is serving.

Today on the podcast, Jason shares his story of choosing baseball over football, being recruited by Auburn to play quarterback, his MLB debut, why his faith in Jesus is the most important thing in his life and how playing Japan allowed he and his wife to pursue adoption.

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