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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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Dec 7, 2020

Chris Davis is a first baseman with the Baltimore Orioles. He’s played 13 years in the Major Leagues starting with the Texas Rangers before being traded to Baltimore in 2011. 

Chris led Major League Baseball in home runs in 2013 and 2015 and was named to the 2013 MLB All-Star Game. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Chris about the highs and lows of his MLB career, his strong faith in Jesus, and why he’s involved with Compassion International’s “Fill the Stadium” initiative. 

 

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If you enjoyed this episode with Chris, we know you’ll love these conversations as well

Episode 383 - Melanie Newman

Episode 442 - Matt Wieters

Episode 194 - Caroline Stanley

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For more stories of sports and faith, check out our website http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Dec 5, 2020

Episode 572

Rob Maaddi has covered Philadelphia sports for the Associated Press since 2000. He's also the author of many books including "Birds of Pray: The Story of the Philadelphia Eagles' Faith, Brotherhood and Super Bowl Victory" and "Mike Schmidt - The Phillies Legendary Slugger."

In 2017, Maaddi launched a radio show called "Faith on the Field" where he interviews athletes and formulates discussions on sports and faith. 

On today's podcast, Rob Maaddi shares what it is like to cover Philadelphia sports, the story of accepting Christ into his life, how he lives his faith out in the secular sports world and why he felt God nudging him to launch a faith and sports radio show. 

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If you enjoyed this episode with Rob, we know you'll love these conversations as well:

Episode 458 - Carson and Maddie Wentz

Episode 85 - A Conversation with the 2017 Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles

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Dec 4, 2020

Episode 571

Emmanuel Acho is a bestselling author of the new book "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man." He's also the creator and host of the popular YouTube series of the same name.

Acho grew up in Dallas, Texas and played college football at the University of Texas. He was selected in the 6th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. His NFL career spanned four seasons with the Browns, Eagles and Giants. Following his playing career, Emmanuel would launch a successful broadcasting career at ESPN and now currently with Fox Sports.

On this episode of the podcast, Emmanuel Acho shares how "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man" was born, becoming a New York Times bestselling author, the most uncomfortable conversation he's ever had, connecting with Oprah Winfrey and how he's staying grounded in his faith as his platform has increased.

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If you enjoyed this episode with Emmanuel, we know you'll love these conversations as well:

Episode 5 - Sam and Emmanuel Acho

Episode 90 - Andy Mineo and Trey Burton

Episode 546 - Sam Acho

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Dec 2, 2020

Episode 570

Brian Dickinson is an author, speaker and adventurer. In May of 2011, he soloed the summit of Mount Everest, the highest mountain the world. On his descent, Brian became snow blind with his vision not returning for over a month. 

He depicted the story in his book "Blind Descent" released in 2014. Brian holds the record for the highest solo blind descent and has climbed each of the seven summits, the highest peaks of all seven continents. 

Brian spent six years in the United States Navy as a Special Operations Air Rescue Swimmer and did two tours in the Gulf as part of Operation Southern Watch. He's been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, the Huffington Post, the 700 Club and more. 

On today's show, Brian tells the incredible story of climbing Mount Everest, becoming snow blind on his way down the mountain and shares in great detail the emotional connection with God he made in his darkest moment on the descent. 

Follow Brian on Twitter: @BrianCDickinson

 

For more stories of sports and faith, check out our website http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Nov 30, 2020

Episode 569

Carson Palmer played 15 seasons in the NFL as the QB for the Bengals, Raiders and Cardinals. He was selected number one overall in the 2003 NFL Draft by Cincinnati where he would play eight seasons. In 2011, he was traded to the Raiders and played two seasons in Oakland before being traded in 2013 to the Arizona Cardinals.

In college, Palmer was a standout quarterback at USC and won the 2002 Heisman Trophy and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. His jersey is retired by the Trojans.

Following the 2017 season, Palmer announced his retirement from the NFL. At the time of his retirement, he was 12th all-time in both passing yards (46,247) and passing touchdowns (294). In September of 2019, Palmer was inducted into the Arizona Cardinals Ring of Honor.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Carson Palmer about life as a virtual learning Dad to 4 kids, what he misses most about playing in the NFL, the impact Jon Kitna had on Carson's faith, preparing his body to play each week, and why he is involved with Compassion International's Fill the Stadium initiative.

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If you enjoyed this episode with Drew, we know you'll love these conversations as well:

Episode 358 - Dan Orlovsky

Episode 336 - Matt Forte and Justin Forsett

Episode 458 - Carson and Maddie Wentz

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Nov 27, 2020

Episode 568

Joel Penton is a speaker, author and former college football player at Ohio State. Joel was a member of 3 Big Ten Championship teams and a member of the Buckeyes national championship team in 2002. 

During his time in college, Joel was also a 4-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and won the prestigious Wuerffel Trophy, recognizing the one college football player in the entire country who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. 

He's currently an inspirational speaker, sharing a message of faith and encouragement to high school and middle school students in Ohio and around the country. He has written two books, "Stand Your Ground" and "7 Lies Almost Every Teen Believes." 

Today on the podcast, we hear from Joel Penton about his journey to Jesus, his purpose in pursuing character education, turning down the NFL dream, what it is like to play football for Ohio State and how he's teaching the Bible in schools.  

Check out Joel's website at JoelPenton.com.

 

For more stories of sports and faith, check out http://SportsSpectrum.com.

Nov 26, 2020

Ted Morgan is the father to Minnesota Golden Gophers QB Tanner Morgan. 

In May of 2020, Ted suffered a stroke that revealed he had a brain tumor. Today, he shares on the podcast how the Lord revealed himself to Ted during his diagnosis, surgery and recovery and the healing that took place in him both physical and spiritual. Ted's story is an inspiration and we pray it encourages you today.

 

For more stories of sports and faith, check us out at http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Nov 25, 2020

Episode 567

Heidi Burge Horton and Heather Burge Quella are twin sisters and former pro and college basketball players. Together, they led the University of Virginia to three ACC championships and three straight Women's NCAA Final Four appearances (1990, 91, 92). 

Heather was the 1993 ACC Player of the Year and went on to play in the WNBA with the now defunct Sacramento Monarchs. She also played professionally overseas for six years. 

Heidi would also go on to play professionally in the WNBA with the Los Angeles Sparks and Washington Mystics as well as overseas. 

The Burge sisters were recognized in 1991 by the Guinness World Records as the world's tallest female twins. In 2002, Disney released a film on their lives called "Double Teamed." 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Heather and Heidi about their journey of basketball and Jesus. Heidi talks about the serious heart condition that she had at 5 months old, and how she and Heather were able to overcome obstacles to reach the highest level of college basketball. They also share how their faith has guided them and what it was like to have a Disney movie made about their lives. 

You can read this story on Heather and Heidi from our 1992 edition of Sports Spectrum Magazine here

 

For more stories of sports and faith, check out our website http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Nov 23, 2020

Episode 566

Matt Wyatt is the host of "the Matt Wyatt Show" on The Zone 105.9 in Mississippi. He's also an analyst with Hail State Football on Bulldog game broadcasts. 

Wyatt played quarterback at Mississippi State from 1996-99 and graduated with a B.S. in Sports Communication. Prior to his radio show, he was a sports anchor and reporter at WTVA television and was named to Mississippi's "Top 40 Under 40" list on the Mississippi Business Journal. 

On today's podcast we talk to Matt Wyatt about Mississippi's love for college football, how he balances multiple media roles during the college football season, the difference between being a fan and being objective and why Matt's purpose now is to glorify Jesus Christ in all that he says and does. 

Follow Matt on Twitter: @RadioWyatt

 

For more stories of sports and faith, check out our website http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Nov 20, 2020

Episode 565

Grant McCasland leads the North Texas Men's Basketball team as their head coach. In his first season with North Texas (2017-18), he led them to the CBI (College Basketball Invitational) championship. He has won 20 games in every season he's coach at the Division One level. In 2019-20, he led UNT to a 20-11 finish and a first place 14-4 record in Conference USA. 

Prior to arriving at North Texas, coach McCasland spent time at Baylor as an assistant coach under Scott Drew and held head coaching positions at Midland, Midwestern State and Arkansas State. He also played college basketball at Baylor from 1995-1999. 

On today's podcast, we talk to Grant McCasland about embracing the pause during the pandemic, finding peace amidst the chaos, the importance of being a part of a men's group and the importance of keeping basketball from becoming an idol.

Follow Coach McCasland on Twitter: @UNTCoachGMac

 

For more stories of sports and faith, check out our website http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Nov 19, 2020

Today we bring to you the very first episode of a new show on the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network called "Recalibrated."

Hosted by Mallory Brown, wife to former NFL running back Donald Brown, "Recalibrated" features the untold stories from pro athlete wives and other anointed leaders in and around the local church.

 

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Nov 18, 2020

Episode 564

Kenny Luck is a best selling author of twenty three books for men. His latest book, “Dangerous Good: The Coming Revolution of Men Who Care” released in August 2018. Kenny has made men's ministry his calling and his purpose is to revolutionize men's ministry, free men spiritually and empower a men's movement worldwide.

Luck is the president of "Every Man Ministries,"  founded in 2000 to revolutionize men’s ministry, free men spiritually and ignite spiritual health worldwide. He is currently the Leadership Pastor at Crossline Church in Laguna Hills, California. Prior to Crossline, he was the Men’s Pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California from 1997-2014.

On today's podcast, Kenny shares how sports was his salvation, why we do unhealthy things to gain acceptance, the importance for Christ followers to speak up against injustice and the importance to be connected with a community.

 

You can learn more about Every Man by checking out their website EveryManMinistries.com.

 

For more stories of sports and faith, check us out at http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Nov 16, 2020

Episode 564

Brandon Knight is an NBA guard who has played eight seasons with the Pistons, Bucks, Suns, Rockets and Cavaliers. He was selected in the first round (8th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft by Detroit. He was named to the NBA's All-Rookie First-Team in 2012 after averaging 12.8 ppg. 

Growing up in Florida, Brandon was a 2-time Gatorade National Player of the Year in high school at Pine Crest (Ft. Lauderdale). He made the decision to attend the University of Kentucky with coach John Calipari and in his one season with the Wildcats, he led them to the Final Four and was named First-Team All-SEC in 2011. 

After coming to the NBA and spending two seasons in Detroit, he was traded to Milwaukee in 2013. After being traded again in 2015 to Phoenix, Brandon would sign a 5-year deal to continue playing with the Suns. Injuries would limit Knight's play and he was traded again in 2018 to Houston and then again traded to Cleveland in 2019. One more trade in 2020 saw Brandon move from Cleveland to Detroit, where he would finish the 2020 season before the pandemic abruptly ended the Pistons regular season. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Brandon Knight about his NBA season ending because of the pandemic, playing against LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, connecting with Christ during the pandemic through prayer and fasting and how he views success. 

Follow Brandon on Instagram: @BrandonKnight

For more stories on sports and faith, check out our website http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Nov 13, 2020

Episode 563

Niki Noto Palmer is an Atlanta based TV personality. She is currently working as an anchor and reporter on Atlanta's CW covering sports. She's been affiliated with ESPN, SEC Network, HLN, Fox Sports South, CBS Sports Network and many other media outlets. 

Prior to her work in television, she worked with the Atlanta Falcons and the Tennessee Titans. Niki has experience appearing as talent for commercials and promotional videos as wetland has covered large events like the NCAA Final Four, the NCAA Frozen Four and numerous Atlanta Falcons home games. 

She is currently the host of the Sidelines and Storylines Podcast where she cultivates conversations with people in the sports world on the sidelines and storylines of life.

On today's show, we talk to Niki about her desire to serve in teen ministry, her journey of reporting on sports, meeting her future husband, answered prayers in her career, and how she lives her faith out every day. 

Follow Niki on Instagram: @NikiNotoPalmer

For more stories of sports and faith, check out our website http://SportsSpectrum.com

Nov 12, 2020

Today on the podcast we welcome John Bevere, author of the new book "X: How to Multiply Your God-Given Potential." 

John and his wife Lisa are the founders of MESSANGER INTERNATIONAL, an organization established to teach, reach and rescue. 

He is the author of 22 books including the international bestseller "The Bait of Satan."

John and his wife Lisa also host the "Conversations with John and Lisa Bevere" podcast. 

Today, we talk to John about his new book, his love for sports, how playing tennis in college at Purdue prepared him for ministry and the craziest food eating experience he's ever had in another nation.

Follow John on Instagram: @JohnBevere

For more stories of sports and faith, check out our website http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Nov 11, 2020

Episode 526

Geremy Davis was selected in the 6th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the New York Giants out of the University of Connecticut. In college with the Huskies, he set UCONN/FBS records with 165 career receptions and 2,292 career receiving yards. He caught a pass in every game he played in college. 

After coming to the NFL, he would spend one season with the Giants before signing with Chargers in 2016. After four seasons with San Diego/Los Angeles, he would sign a new contract in March of 2020 with the Detroit Lions. However he was one of the teams final cuts on September 1, 2020. 

He's currently a free agent hoping to land with an NFL team. 

On today's podcast, we talk to Geremy about what that uncertain NFL life is like, staying ready for a team to call him, the life sermon he would preach, his struggle with prayer and why he wants to point others toward Jesus on his Instagram page. 

Follow Geremy on Instagram: @GDay85

For more stories of sports and faith, check out http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Nov 9, 2020

Episode 561

Lauren Sisler is a sideline reporter covering college football for ESPN. She joined ESPN in 2016 after being named Best Sports Anchor by the Alabama Associated Press in 2014 and 2015. The former Rutgers gymnast also covers SEC football for AL.com in Alabama. 

In 2003, while a freshman on a gymnastics scholarship at Rutgers, Sisler unexpectedly lost both of her parents, George and Lesley Sisler, to prescription drug overdoses within hours of each other. Today, Lauren is dedicated to spreading awareness about the dangers of addiction and the devastation it can cause for the addict, their loved ones and the community. She currently serves as a board member for the Addiction Prevention Coalition in Birmingham, Alabama and is on the Speakers Bureau for the Shelby County Drug Free Coalition. 

On today's podcast, we talk to Lauren Sisler about being a sideline reporter during the pandemic, getting married and being baptized in 2020, the powerful story of losing her parents to addiction and how she came to the realization that her story could help and encourage others.

Follow Lauren on Twitter: @LaurenSisler

For more stories of sports and faith, check out http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Nov 6, 2020

Episode 560

Andre Levrone Jr is a former high school, college and pro football player. He was a standout wide receiver in high school, helping Our Lady of Good Counsel High School win four straight Maryland state championships. 

In college, he attended University of Virginia where he would play in 22 games, catching 46 passes for 864 yards and 8 touchdowns. 

After finishing his college career, Andre would go undrafted in the NFL but sign a contract with the Baltimore Ravens. He would spend parts of three seasons with Baltimore, Carolina and Jacksonville before retiring at the age of 25 in 2020. 

On today's podcast, we talk to Andre about walking away from the NFL dream before the dream could happen, why it's important for him to read God's word out of adoration and not obligation and how his faith in Christ was tested multiple times after suffering injuries in high school and college. 

 

Follow Andre on Instagram: @DreistheWay

 

For more stories of sports and faith, check out http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Nov 5, 2020

Steve Skipper is one of the most prolific artists in the realms of sports, civil-rights, equestrian, portraiture and Christian artwork. He has shattered barriers of race and education in the art world. He's the first African American to complete artwork sanctioned by NASCAR, the University of Alabama, PGS and PBR. His work is hanging on permanent display in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, College Football Hall of Fame, Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and the Lyndon B Johnson Presidential Library. 

The upcoming documentary "COLORS OF CHARACTER: An Artist's Journey to Redemption" shares the extraordinary journey of Steve Skipper. You can learn more by visiting http://ColorsofCharacterMovie.com

Today on the podcast, we talk to Steve and hear his incredible story of growing up in the 1960's as a gang member and drug addict, and how his faith in Jesus Christ led him to a new life as a prolific artist. 

For more stories of sports and faith, check us out at http://SportsSpectrum.com

Nov 4, 2020

Episode 559

Levi Lusko is the lead pastor of Fresh Life Church, a multisite church located in Montana, Utah, Oregon, and Wyoming that he and his wife Jennie pioneered in 2007.

He is the author of the bestselling books “Through the Eyes of a Lion” and “Swipe Right.” His latest publication is a devotional rebased in August 2020 titled: "Take Back Your Life: A 40-Day Interactive Journey to Thinking Right So You Can Live Right."

Levi travels around the world speaking about Jesus and he and Jennie also host the "Hey! It's the Luskos" podcast.

In this episode of the podcast, Lusko talks about his new devotional, why “thinking right” is so important to living right, the injury he suffered on the Fourth of July, how pastors and football coaches are very similar, and why leadership is more than a lifestyle or title.

Follow Levi on Instagram: @LeviLusko

For more stories of sports and faith, check out http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Nov 2, 2020

Episode 558

Phil Murphy is a SportsCenter anchor at ESPN and ESPN International.

He has anchored more than 500 SportsCenters for ESPN International and covered four Super Bowls. Phil has also hosted college football and basketball studio shows and reported from countless UFC events, two NBA All-Star Games and the 2019 World Series.

On today's podcast, we talk to Phil about broadcasting to audiences on the other side of the world, how he worked his way up to his current role, his awesome story of faith and trusting in God when the storms come. 

Follow Phil on Instagram: @Phil_Sports

For more stories of sports and faith, check out http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Oct 31, 2020

Ernie Johnson is a broadcasting legend. He is the host of TNT’s Inside the NBA and a 3-time Sports Emmy Award Winner. He joined Turner Sports in 1989 and for over 30 years, has been considered one of the best in the business at what he does.

His new book titled “Unscripted: The Unpredictable Moments That Make Life Extraordinary” is available now.

Today on the podcast, Ernie shares his very personal story of coming to the Christian faith, raising a special needs son, what a typical day is like working on Inside the NBA, and what it meant to speak out on the TNT set the night after the election of President Donald Trump in 2016. 

This interview originally aired on May 5, 2017. You can listen to the entire conversation right here

Oct 30, 2020

Episode 557

Tom Ryan is the Ohio State wrestling coach. He is a two-time NCAA Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2015 and led the Buckeyes wrestling program to a 2015 NCAA National Championship.

The three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year has coached six different Ohio State wrestlers to 12 individual national titles including four-time champion Logan Stieber and Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder.

His teams have finished as NCAA runner-up in 2008, 2009, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

On this episode of the podcast, Tom shares his powerful and courageous story of losing his 5 year-old son Teague, finding the good among tragedy and how a crisis of faith brought him to fully trust in Jesus.

Follow Tom on Twitter: @Buckeye158

For more stories of sports and faith, check out our website: http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Oct 29, 2020

Harris III is a magician and illusionist and author of the new book "The Wonder Switch: The Difference Between Limiting Your Life and Living Your Dream." 

Harris has performed his unique brand of magic and storytelling for more than two million people on five continents. His performances have been televised to millions more on the Travel Channel and ABC Family. 

On today's podcast, we talk to Harris about his new book, his love for baseball as a kid, how to find wonder in our lives and his favorite trick he's performed. 

Follow Harris on Instagram: @HarrisIII

 

For more stories on sports and faith, check us out at http://SportsSpectrum.com 

Oct 27, 2020

Episode 556

Edward Graham is the grandson of legendary evangelist Billy Graham and currently serves as the Assistant to the Vice President of Programs and Government Relations for Samaritan's Purse.

Prior to his work with Samaritan's Purse, Edward served for 16 years in the United States Army through multiple combat deployments within Special Operations and various leadership positions. In college, Edward played soccer at Liberty University and also wrestled for the Army during his time at the U.S. Military Academy.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Edward about his work with Samaritan's Purse, the work being done with "Operation Christmas Child," growing up as Billy Graham's grandson, and his experience serving in the U.S. Army.

You can get involved and learn more about Operation Christmas Child by clicking here

For more stories of sports and faith, check out our website http://SportsSpectrum.com 

 

For more on Operation Christmas Child, check out their website https://www.samaritanspurse.org

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