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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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Aug 18, 2021

Clayton Carlin is the defensive coordinator for Sam Houston State's football team. In 2020, he led the Bearkats to the FCS national championship finishing with a perfect 10-0 record. 

Carlin's defense led all of the FCS with 23 takeaways and 14 fumble recoveries and haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher over 22 consecutive games dating back to 2019. 

With previous coaching stints at Coastal Carolina, Bucknell, New Mexico State, Villanova and Buffalo, Carlin's coaching career has spanned over 25 years.  

Today on the podcast, we talk to Clayton Carlin about winning a 2020 FCS national title in May 2021, the adjustments made in coaching during a pandemic, how his faith in Christ has guided him as a coach, husband and father and what he learned from legendary Nebraska football coach Tom Osbourne early in his career. 

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Aug 16, 2021

NFL Columnist Jarrett Bell has covered pro football for USA TODAY Sports since 1993. He previously served as a contributor at ESPN (2013-2017), primarily featured as a panelist on the former “NFL Insiders” show and “SportsCenter.”

He has been a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee since 1997 and was also tapped to participate on a blue-ribbon panel that selected the NFL’s Centennial Team. Jarrett's first job in the NFL was working with the Dallas Cowboys as a writer in the mid-1980's. 

On today's podcast, Jade McCarthy talks to Jarrett about his prestigious writing career, how coach Tony Dungy has helped him in his journey of faith and the importance of loving and forgiving others. 

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Aug 14, 2021

Joel Penner is the head coach of Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa. In 2020, he led Dordt to a program best 8-3 record and a spot in the NAIA playoffs. His offense scored more than 40 points in 8 of 11 games last season. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Joel about the unique culture that exists at Dordt, what it means to coach for transformation and the DEFENDER WAY.

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Aug 13, 2021

Kevin Malone is a former Major League Baseball General Manager. He's currently the CEO and Chairman of the Board for the United States Institute Against Human Trafficking. 

For over 20 years, Malone was part of a pro baseball career that saw him go from playing to the front office. In 1985, after a short-lived pro baseball playing career, Malone began work as a scout with the Angels. In 1987, he moved to Montreal and in 1994, was named the General Manager of the Expos. That season, he led Montreal to the best record in baseball (74-40) in a strike shortened season and was named one of the best GM's in baseball. 

Malone served for two seasons with the Baltimore Orioles as their Assistant General Manager and in 1998 was named the General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2001, Malone retired from professional baseball. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Kevin Malone about his baseball career, his namesake being featured on "The Office," his time with the Expos, his testimony of faith and the work he's doing to combat human trafficking. Kevin also shares the powerful story of his son Shawn and how God literally saved him from death. 

You can watch the 21 minute film of Kevin Malone and his son Shawn here

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Aug 11, 2021

Kelli Masters is an attorney, a certified sports agent and the founder of KMM Sports, a full-service sports management company based in Oklahoma City. She has represented more professional athletes than any other woman in the history of sports and was named one of the 25 most influential women in sports worldwide by Bleacher Report. 

She is a former National Champion and Five-time World Champion Baton Twirler who graduated with honors from Law School at the University of Oklahoma. Masters was also voted Miss Oklahoma in 1997 and competed in the Miss America Pageant that same year.

Kelli's new book "High Impact Life" released in August and is available for order here. 

On today's episode of the podcast, Kelli shares what being an NFL agent was like in 2020 during the pandemic, living a life of purpose, writing a book to point to Jesus and standing on her "anchor" moment. 

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Aug 9, 2021

Jonathan Evans is the team chaplain for the Dallas Cowboys and an accomplished speaker, teacher and author. He currently serves on the pastoral staff at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship with his father, Dr. Tony Evans. 

Evans played college football at the University of Baylor and spent time in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys under head coach Bill Parcells. After football was over, Evans got his Masters Degree in Christian Leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary His sister Priscilla Shirer is a speaker, author and actor and his brother Anthony is a singer and worship leader. 

His latest book, "Your TIME is NOW: Get what God has Given You" is available now. 

Today on the podcast, Jonathan shares stories of signing with Dallas, the first time he met coach Bill Parcells, how he's processed grief after the death of his mother, why he wrote his latest book and how he became the team chaplain for the Cowboys. 

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Aug 7, 2021

Ben Kirby is the author of "Preachers n Sneakers: Authenticity in an Age of For-Profit Faith and (Wannabe) Celebrities." The former United States Marine's work has been featured in the N.Y. Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News and Buzzfeed. 

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Aug 6, 2021

Brock Purdy is a quarterback for the Iowa State Cyclones in the Big 12. He played his high school football at Perry High in Gilbert, Arizona and was voted Gatorade's Football Player of the Year for Arizona in 2017. As a true freshman at Iowa State, he started eight games and cemented himself as the Cyclones QB.

Last season, Purdy led Iowa State to a 9-3 record and their first ever Big 12 Championship game appearance. In the 2021 Playstation Fiesta Bowl, Purdy was named Offensive MVP in helping the Cyclones to a 34-17 win over Oregon.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Brock about the excitement surrounding the 2021 season, playing before a packed house in Ames, the importance of Christ in his life, the impact his father Shawn has made, and why he wants to live set apart from the world.

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If you enjoyed this podcast with Brock Purdy, we know you'll love these conversations as well:

Shawn Purdy - Former Pro Baseball Player

Patrick and Bo Nix (Alabama High School Football)

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Aug 4, 2021

Thomas R. Williams is a former linebacker who played his college football at USC. He was a 5th round pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2008 NFL Draft and spent five seasons with Jacksonville, Seattle, New England, Buffalo, Carolina and Tampa. He retired from football after suffering a neck injury in 2012. 

In college, Williams was dubbed "The Hitman" and was a team captain that helped the Trojans to a 59-6 record and two national titles. His teammates voted him as the team's most inspirational player in the 2007 season.

Thomas is a professional speaker who leads a non-profit called "Pursuits of Greatness" where he helps college student athletes prepare for life after playing sports. He is the author of two books including "Permission to Dream" and "The Relentless Pursuit of Greatness." 

Today on the podcast, Thomas R. Williams shares his story of coming to Christ, what it means to him to be the "Professional Reminder," playing for coach Pete Carroll at USC and how he moved from passion to purpose. 

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If you enjoyed this podcast with Thomas R. Williams, we know you'll love these conversations as well:

- Ben Malcolmson, Pete Carroll's Assistant

- Jon Gordon, Author/Speaker

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Aug 2, 2021

Yolett McPhee-McCuin is the head coach of Ole Miss' women's basketball program. Coach Yo, as she's know by many, helped the Lady Rebels to 15 wins and a runner-up in the Women's NIT Tournament in 2021. 

She arrived at Ole Miss after serving as head coach at Jacksonville University for five seasons and led them to an NCAA tournament berth in 2016. She's also had coaching stops at Clemson, Pittsburgh and Arkansas Pine-Bluff. 

McPhee-McCuin is the first Bahamian woman to coach at a Division I program, and was the first black female head coach at Jacksonville. She is also part of two Halls of Fame across both her playing and coaching career including the Bahamian Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016 and the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013. 

Today on the podcast, Coach Yo shares her desire to serve and love the players she coaches, how God has guided her life, viewing coaching as her ministry and being transformational instead of transactional. 

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If you enjoyed this podcast with Coach Yo, we know you'll love these conversations as well: 

- Brooke Wycoff - FSU Women's Basketball Coach

- LaChina Robinson – Women’s Basketball Analyst

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Aug 1, 2021

Andy Young is the chaplain for the Philadelphia Union in the MLS serving with Athletes in Action since 2017. He and his wife Crystal have been on staff with Cru since 2006 and have led Cru's campus ministry in Philadelphia since 2009. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Andy about ministering to players and staff with the Philadelphia Union, the importance of community over isolation, spiritual battles athletes face and how MLS Connect was birthed during the pandemic. 

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If you enjoyed this podcast with Andy Young, we know you'll love these conversations as well:

- Jesse Bradley, Former Pro Soccer Player turned Pastor

- Ryan Hollingshead, FC Dallas Soccer Player

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Jul 31, 2021

Matt Overton is a professional football long snapper who has played 8 NFL seasons with the Seahawks, Colts, Jaguars, Chargers and Titans. 

He's also a real estate agent licensed in Indiana and Tennessee but is hoping for another chance to play in the NFL. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Matt about his strange journey to the NFL, being named to the Pro Bowl in 2013, how his life has changed in becoming a dad in 2021, and why his faith has allowed him to stay ready at whatever life throws at him. 

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If you enjoyed this podcast with Matt Overton, we know you'll love these conversations as well:

- Carson Tinker - NFL Long Snapper

- Rich Wingo - Former Alabama Linebacker

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Jul 30, 2021

Gavin Peacock was born in England and is a former professional soccer player who spent 18 seasons representing Queens Park Rangers, Chelsea and Newcastle United amongst others over his 600 game career. 

After returning from soccer, Peacock worked for the BBC covering soccer on television and radio before entering into full-time ministry. He is  currently the Associate Pastor for Calvary Grace Church in Calgary, Alberta Canada and the director of international outreach for the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

His new book "A Greater Glory: From Pitch to Pulpit" released in May of 2021. 

On today's podcast, Gavin shares how his identity went from being in soccer to being in Christ, how his new faith was received in the locker room with his soccer clubs, feeling the calling to enter full-time ministry and what he wants his legacy to be. 

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If you enjoyed this conversation with Gavin, we know you'll love these podcasts as well:

- Mo Isom-Aiken - Former LSU Soccer Goalkeeper/Bestselling Author

- Jesse Bradley - Former Pro Soccer Player turned Pastor

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Jul 29, 2021

Pat Williams is a member of the Basketball Hall-of-Fame and co-founder of the NBA’s Orlando Magic. The author of over 100 books, Pat is a former NBA General Manager with the Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers and help Philly to an NBA title in 1983.

His latest book “Revolutionary Leadership: Lessons from men and women of the Revolution War” is available now. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Pat about his time with the Orlando Magic, winning the draft lottery in 1992 and 1993, how the Revolutionary War provides many leadership lessons for us, why he started the first NBA Chapel back in the 1980's, meeting John Wooden and how Pat's faith in Jesus has guided him throughout his life. 

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If you enjoyed this podcast with Pat Williams, we know you'll love these conversations as well:

-Pat Williams from 2018

-Kristen Ledlow, NBA Host/Reporter

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Jul 28, 2021

Colton Dixon is a singer/songwriter who placed seventh on season eleven of "American Idol." He began his singing career as a teenager where he also was a baseball player. Ultimately, Dixon chose music and is now one of the most successful artists in Christian music.

He is currently signed with Atlantic Records, and has released three albums including his debut "A Messenger" in 2013 and "Identity" in 2017. In 2020, Dixon and his wife welcomed twins into the world and in 2021, he released his latest single, "Made to Fly." 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Colton about his experience on American Idol, returning to performing in front of audiences, choosing to write music that glorifies God and his decision to walk away from baseball to pursue music. 

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

- Bart Millard - MercyMe Lead Singer

- Seth Morrison - Skillet Guitarist

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Jul 27, 2021

David Blough is entering his third year as an NFL quarterback with the Detroit Lions. His wife, Melissa Gonzalez, is preparing to compete at the 2021 Summer Olympics, representing Columbia in the 400 Meter Hurdles in Tokyo beginning July 31. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to David and Melissa about their excitement over Melissa qualifying for the Olympics, David preparing for another NFL season, and the unique lessons that Jesus has taught them both through their first few years of marriage.  

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If you enjoyed this conversation with David and Melissa, we know you'll love these podcasts as well:

- Andrew East and Shawn Johnson-East 

- Dave and Ann Wilson – Vertical Marriage

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Jul 26, 2021

Nate Solder is currently an offensive lineman with the New York Giants. He was selected in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots and played seven seasons with Tom Brady and Bill Belichik in Foxboro. In March 2018, he signed a four-year contract with the Giants that made him the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL at the time.

A two-time Super Bowl champion, Nate and his wife, Lexi, have been walking through a difficult season of life with their son Hudson, who is battling cancer. They also share a passion to serve and help others, and are involved with Compassion International to help end the cycle of poverty with children around the world.

Today on the podcast, Nate joins us to share how he's preparing for the 2021 NFL season with the Giants after sitting out last season. He also shares how he grew spiritually during his time away from football, rediscovering his true identity and growing in his trust with the Lord. 

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

- Nate and Lexi Solder from 2019

- Devin and Jason McCourty, Super Bowl-Champion Twin Brothers

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Jul 24, 2021

Pastor Chris Hodges is a New York Times Bestselling Author and leads Church of the Highlands, with campuses across Alabama and more than 60,000 in weekly attendance. 

Today on the podcast, Chris shares about his love for LSU football, achieving a hole-in-one playing golf with Nick Saban, creating a space for famous athletes to come to church and why Chris wrote his new book "Out of the Cave." 

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If you enjoyed this conversation with Chris Hodges, we know you'll love these podcasts as well:

- Author/Pastor Dean Inserra

- Earl Smith, Warriors and 49ers Team Chaplain

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Jul 22, 2021

Tommy Bowden is the son of legendary football coach Bobby Bowden and the former head football coach at Clemson University. His coaching career began at his alma mater of West Virginia in the mid 1970's. He's had assistant coaching jobs at Florida State, Duke, Alabama, Kentucky and Auburn.

In 1997, he became the head coach of Tulane's football club and after leading them to an 11-0 record in 1998, he departed for Clemson, where he would coach for 10 seasons from 1999-2008. He led the Tigers to a 72-45 record and eight bowl games. He also is the person responsible for bringing now current coach Dabo Swinney to Clemson. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Tommy Bowden about the legacy of the Bowden coaching family, his desire to lead people to Jesus, what he learned from watching his dad coach with purpose, and what he saw in Dabo Swinney to bring him to Clemson as a coach.

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If you enjoyed this podcast with Tommy Bowden, we know you'll love these conversations as well:

- Dabo Swinney on Sports Spectrum's Draft Special

- Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons

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Jul 21, 2021

The Milwaukee Bucks are NBA champions and a big part of their run to a title has been the addition of point guard Jrue Holiday. In their Game 6 clincher against the Suns, Holiday almost had a triple-double, finishing with 12 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds in helping Milwaukee to their first NBA title in 50 years. 

Today on the podcast, we bring back to you a conversation we had with Jrue Holiday from 2018, when he shared his testimony of faith in Christ and how the importance of God in his life. 

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Jul 21, 2021

Grace Norman is a 2016 Paralympic Gold Medalist. Grace was born with congenital constriction band syndrome in her left leg at birth, which resulted in the amputation of her left leg and right big toe below the knee when she was young. Norman competed in track & field and cross country in high school, where she became the first female amputee to finish on the podium at a high school track & field state championship.

Norman competed in both track & field and paratriathlon at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, becoming the first U.S. athlete to win gold in paratriathlon’s debut as a Paralympic medal event. She currently holds the world records for the 800-meter and 1,500-meter in the T44 classification for track & field. 

In June, the Cedarville University graduate qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics, where Norman will compete in August of 2021. 

On today's podcast, Norman shares how she's preparing for the 2021 Paralympics, her faith journey, how God has revealed himself to her over the past year, and how she was able to handle celebrity at the age of 18 when she won her first Gold Medal.

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If you enjoyed this podcast with Grace Norman, we know you'll love these conversations as well:

- Jessica Long - Paralympic Gold Medalist

- David Prince – U.S. Paralympic Sprinter

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Jul 20, 2021

Dr. Shahrzad Slater is the wife to New England Patriots Pro Bowler Matthew Slater and mom to three kids.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Shahrzad about her passion for justice, why she and her husband Matthew are involved with IJM (International Justice Mission) and her desire to represent Jesus by serving others.

Go to IJM.com/Slavery to learn more about the International Justice Mission, the reality of slavery and human trafficking and how you can join the fight.

Jul 19, 2021

Bethany Hamilton was thrust in the spotlight at just 13 years old, when she was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark and lost her arm. The traumatic injury seemingly ended her dream career as a professional surfer.

However, one month after the attack, Hamilton returned to surfing, and within two years had won her first national surfing title. At 17 years old, she realized her dream of surfing professionally and she is still an active surf competitor to this day.

Today on the podcast, Sports Spectrum contributor Jade McCarthy talks to Bethany about her life as a mom, whether she will get back in the water to surf professionally again, finding her identity in something bigger than herself and how God has brought her to a place to serve and mentor others. 

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

- Bethany Hamilton in 2019

- Christian Yeager, TV Host/Surfer

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Jul 17, 2021

Inside the Chapel is a new show on the Sports Spectrum Podcast Network. 

Hosted by Reza Zadeh (Denver Broncos NFL Chaplain) and Ikki Soma (Houston Rockets NBA Chaplain), this podcast features sports chaplains sharing message of faith and hope.

Today you'll get to hear a sample of this new podcast that is now available everywhere podcasts are found. 

Subscribe/Follow:

APPLE: https://apple.co/3ynfvGZ 

SPOTIFY: https://spoti.fi/3wfZdxU

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Jul 16, 2021

Justin Simmons is a Pro Bowl safety with the Denver Broncos. He was selected in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft by Denver out of Boston College.

In college, Simmons was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) second team by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association and ACC head coaches. He was named to Phil Steele’s All-American fourth team and ProFootballFocus.com’s All-America honorable mention.

Since arriving in Denver, Simmons has solidified himself as the starting free safety and was rewarded with a four-year contract in March of 2021. This past season, he was named to his first Pro Bowl in a season that saw him reach a career-high five interceptions. Pro Football Focus named Simmons as a First-Team All-Pro in 2019 and Second-Team All-Pro in 2020.

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Simmons about signing the new contract with Denver, trusting in God to guide his path, starting his foundation, standing up for justice and how becoming a dad has helped him grow closer to God the Father.

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

- Justin Simmons conversation from 2019

- Mark Schlereth, 3-time Super Bowl Champion

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