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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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Feb 8, 2021

Benjamin Watson is a former NFL tight end, Jon Kitna is a former NFL quarterback and Eric Boles is a former NFL wide receiver. 

Today on the podcast, Benjamin Watson interviews Jon and Eric on racial justice, reconciliation and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

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If you enjoyed this podcast with Benjamin, Jon and Eric, you'll love these conversations as well. 

Emmanuel Acho - Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

Anquan Boldin - Former NFL Wide Receiver

Feb 7, 2021

Gerald McCoy has played 11 years in the NFL. Selected as the third overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Buccaneers, McCoy would play nine seasons in Tampa, being named to six Pro Bowls and earning First-Team All-Pro honors three times.

In 2019, he played with the Carolina Panthers and in 2020, was a member of the Dallas Cowboys before an injury he suffered in training camp ended his season before it started.

Today on the show, we talk to Gerald McCoy about watching his former team in the Super Bowl, not staying bitter, trusting in God during setbacks and why what we say and how we say it matters in building others up.

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

- Darren Woodson, 3-time Super Bowl Champion

- David Tyree, N.Y. Giants Super Bowl Hero 

Feb 6, 2021

Jordy Nelson played 11 seasons in the NFL with the Packers and Raiders. He was selected in the 2nd round of the 2008 NFL Draft by Green Bay and played 10 seasons with the Packers from 2008-2017. He finished his career in 2018 with the Raiders and retired in March of 2019.

10 years ago, Jordy caught 9 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown to help Green Bay beat Pittsburgh 31-25 to win Super Bowl XLV. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Jordy about his Super Bowl experience 10 years ago, shining on the biggest stage, his thoughts on this year's Super Bowl, how he lives out his faith each day and his work with Compassion International's Fill the Stadium initiative. 

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

-Bill Curry from December 2019

-Inky Johnson from May 2018

Feb 5, 2021

Pro Football Hall of Fame QB Kurt Warner is our guest today to talk about his experience winning Super Bowl XXXIV MVP and the memorable experience of playing in three Super Bowls with the Rams and Cardinals. 

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

Kevin Nickerson, Rams Team Chaplain

Isaac Bruce, Former Rams Wide Receiver

Feb 5, 2021

Marcellus Casey is the team chaplain of the Kansas City Chiefs. 

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Marcellus about the chapel services lessons he's taught to members of the Chiefs during the 2020 season and why prayer has become a vital part of the team chapel gatherings once again during the 2020 playoff run to the Super Bowl. 

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

- Anthony Sherman - Kansas City Chiefs Fullback

- Stefen Wisniewski - Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Lineman

Feb 4, 2021

Nick Foles is our guest today to talk about his Super Bowl LII experience in winning the MVP and leading the Eagles to their first ever Super Bowl title beating the Patriots 41-33 on February 4, 2018. 

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

Randy Alcorn, New York Times Bestselling Author 

Andy Mineo and Trey Burton 

Feb 4, 2021

Ryan Succop is the kicker for the NFC Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was selected as Mr. Irrelevant, the last pick of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. On Sunday, he'll face his former team in Super Bowl LV. 

Today on the podcast, Ryan shares what it's like getting ready to play in a home Super Bowl, kicking clutch field goals at Lambeau Field, the prayer he says before each kick, how God guided his steps in signing with Tampa back in September and how his wife Paige is the real MVP. 

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If you enjoyed this podcast with Ryan, you'll love these conversations too:

- Ryan Succop from May 2019

- Nick Foles – Super Bowl MVP from July 2018

 

Feb 3, 2021

Matthew Slater is a 9-time Pro Bowl Special Teams ace with the New England Patriots. He's played in five Super Bowls, winning three in his 13 NFL seasons. 

The five-time First-Team All-Pro shares his Super Bowl memories with us here on the show. 

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

Devin and Jason McCourty, Patriots Super Bowl Champions

Jon Gordon, Power of a Positive Team

 

Feb 3, 2021

Preparing for his third Super Bowl in four years, Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski joins us to talk about preparing to start in another Super Bowl, the crazy road that has brought him to this moment in 2021, spending time with God during the NFL season, and the prayer he hopes to pray before walking out of the tunnel at Super Bowl LV. 

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

- Anthony Sherman - Kansas City Chiefs Fullback

- David Tyree, N.Y. Giants Super Bowl Hero 

Feb 2, 2021

FOX Sports NFL Analyst Mark Schlereth is a three-time Super Bowl champion with Washington and Denver and he joins us today to talk about his Super Bowl experiences from the 1991, 1997 and 1998 seasons. 

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

Mark Schlereth 2018 Interview 

Daniel and Bree Schlereth (Baseball and Faith)

 

Feb 2, 2021

Clyde Christensen is the quarterbacks coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In coaching Tom Brady in 2020, he helped Tampa to the NFC Championship and a trip to Super Bowl LV. This will be Clyde's third Super Bowl appearance as a coach, having helped the Indianapolis Colts and Peyton Manning to Super Bowl XLI in 2006 and Super Bowl XLIV in 2009.

On today's podcast, we talk to Clyde Christensen about his relationship with Tom Brady, winning the NFC Championship, headed to his third Super Bowl, going through the Bible with his fellow coaches this year, and how God is moving in his life right now.

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

-Clyde Christensen from 2018

-Tony Dungy from 2019

Feb 1, 2021

Matthew Hasselbeck played 15 seasons in the NFL with the Packers, Seahawks, Titans and Colts. The 3-time Pro Bowler led Seattle to their first ever Super Bowl berth in 2005 against the Pittsburgh Steeelers. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Matthew Hasselbeck about his Super Bowl XL experience. 

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

Episode 336 - Matt Forte and Justin Forsett

Episode 280 - Nate and Lexi Solder

Feb 1, 2021

Preparing for his second straight Super Bowl, Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman joins us to talk about winning another AFC championship, the nickname that coach Andy Reid gave him, getting Covid midway through the year, what the Lord taught him during that time in quarantine and how faith has played a large role in his life this season. 

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

- Anthony Sherman from 2020

- Tony Dungy from 2019

Jan 31, 2021

Eric Wood played nine seasons in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills from 2009-2017. He was selected in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft by Buffalo and would become a staple on the offensive line, starting all 120 games that he participated in. 

The former Louisville alum was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2015 and was a part of the Bills team in 2017 that won nine games and ended an 18-year playoff drought.

After retiring because of an injury in 2018, Wood moved into the broadcasting arena and is currently a football analyst with the ACC Network and part of the Buffalo Bills radio team. He also is the host of the "What's Next with Eric Wood" podcast. 

Today on the show, Eric shares his love for Bills Mafia, the adjustment into retirement, being a broadcaster, giving his life to Christ in 2012 and the difficulty of playing the Center position in the NFL. 

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

Lorenzo Alexander - Former NFL Linebacker

Troy Vincent, NFL VP of Football Operations

Jan 30, 2021

New York Giants offensive lineman and two-time Super Bowl champion Nate Solder joins Brock Huard to talk about stepping away from football in 2020, the health of his son Hudson and his desire to serve God and others through Compassion International. 

You can watch the entire Sports Spectrum Football Special with Tony Dungy, Brock Huard and Nate Solder: https://sportsspectrum.com/sport/football/2021/01/05/watch-sports-spectrum-football-special-3/ 

You can learn more about joining Compassion and Pro Athletes in releasing children from poverty: http://FilltheStadium.com 

You can order Football Sunday 2021 for your church by visiting http://FootballSunday.com

Jan 29, 2021

Annie F. Downs is a bestselling author, sought-after speaker, and successful podcast host based in Nashville, Tennessee.

Annie is the host of the popular "That Sounds Fun" podcast and has written multiple  bestselling books including: 100 Days to Brave and Remember God. Her latest book, "That Sounds Fun" releases February 2, 2021. 

On today's episode, we talk to Annie about her new book, the most nervous she's ever been for an interview, her love for Georgia Football, her friendship with former Titans linebacker Tim Shaw and the importance of discernment and saying no when necessary. 

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

Molly McManamie - NFL Player Agent

Kelli Masters - NFL Player Agent

Jan 28, 2021

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are NFC champions and preparing to face the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on February 7. 

Tampa's punter Bradley Pinion joins us on the podcast today to talk about beating the Packers to go to the Super Bowl, the peace he's felt from the Lord all season, preparing for the biggest game of his life, and how he stayed connected to God during this season. 

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If you liked this episode with Bradley, you'll love these conversations as well:

Bradley Pinion from August 2019

Ryan Succop from June 2019

Jan 27, 2021

Ben Higgins is best known from season 20 of ABC's his series, "The Bachelor." The show led to an enhanced social media platform that he now uses to share what he is most passionate about with others -- his faith, his hope for humanity, and his love of sports. 

In 2017 Ben co-founded Generous International, a for-purpose company dedicated to contributing profits to social issues around the world. In February 2021, Higgins released his first book "Alone in Plain Sight: Searching for Connection When You're Seen but not Known."

On today's podcast, we talk to Ben Higgins about growing up in Indiana and his love for basketball, his favorite sports memory at IU with the Hoosiers, releasing his first book, how he handled fame and celebrity, and the importance of staying grounded in his faith. 

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

Episode 20 - Louie Giglio (Pastor/Author)

Episode 480 - Tom Allen (Indiana Head Football Coach)

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Jan 25, 2021

Today on the podcast, we talk to former NFL running back Warrick Dunn about playing for Tony Dungy and Bobby Bowden, how coach Bowden helped Warrick cope with the death of his mother, his battle with mental illness and how his faith helps fuel him to give back and establish his HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS program. 

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

Episode 336 - Matt Forte and Justin Forsett

Episode 132 - Maria Taylor

Jan 23, 2021

Dr. Armando Gonzalez is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Known as "Dr. Mondo," he is also a speaker and founder of Cheat Code, a service that provides concierge mental wellness coaching to current MLB, NFL, NBA, MLS and Team USA Olympic athletes. 

Cheat Code was created to rewrite the narrative around mental health and end the stigma about receiving support and providing access to strategic, effective, mental health services to at risk and underserved communities. 

On today's podcast, we talk to Dr. Mondo about mental health, the need for athletes to take care of themselves spiritually and mentally and not just physically, how his faith guides him in his work, and the importance of finding your identity in Jesus Christ. 

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If you enjoyed this conversation with Dr. Mondo, you'll love these previous podcast episodes:

Darlene Santore - Life Coach/Motivational Speaker

Inky Johnson, former Tennessee defensive back, motivational speaker

 

Jan 22, 2021

Jerheme Urban is the current head football coach at his alma mater, Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Urban played nine seasons in the NFL as a wide receiver with the Seahawks, Cardinals and Chiefs and was a member of the 2008 NFC Championship Arizona team that played in Super Bowl XLIII against Pittsburgh.

During his time in college at Division III Trinity, Urban set school records for touchdowns and kickoff return yards and led the team in receptions, yards and touchdowns his senior year. In 2019, he was inducted into the Trinity Athletic Hall of Fame. 

He was named the head coach at Trinity in November 2013 and has a 38-22 career record in his six seasons. 

On today's podcast, we talk to Jerheme about his journey from Division III football player to the NFL, the impact teammates like Matt Hasselbeck, Trent Dilfer and Kurt Warner had on his faith, finding joy in a 2020 that saw his football season postponed, and his experience playing in Super Bowl XLIII with Arizona. 

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

Dave Pasch - ESPN Play by Play Announcer

Rapper Andy Mineo and Super Bowl Champion Trey Burton 

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Jan 21, 2021

Olivia Ancil is a former tennis player at Cedarville University in Ohio.  She graduated from Cedarville's School of Nursing in 2019. She was serving as a float nurse at Holland Hospital in Holland, Michigan. 

On May 28, 2020, Olivia and her boyfriend Alex Arent were struck by a speeding vehicle going over 70 mph in a 35 mph lane while they were on a walk. 

Olivia sustained numerous injuries including a traumatic brain injury, bone fractures, crania nerve III palsy affecting eye movement and vision and a lung contusion. She's fortunate to be alive. 

Today on this special episode of the podcast, Olivia shares the details of the accident that almost killed her, the grueling recovery and rehab and how her faith in Jesus has carried her through. 

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

Patrick Estepp - Cedarville Men's Basketball Coach

The Incredible Story of Katie Lentz 

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Jan 20, 2021

Amy Lawrence is the host of “After Hours with Amy Lawrence” on the CBS Sports Radio Network. The show can be heard weekdays from 2:00-6:00 AM, ET.

Amy is a pioneer in sports radio, and one of the only females hosting a daily talk show on a national radio network.

Prior to joining CBS in January 2013, Lawrence spent nine years at ESPN Radio where she was the only regular female host. Local radio stops include Providence, RI; Lebanon, NH; Rochester, NY; and Oklahoma City, OK, where she was the first female in state history to pilot her own sports radio talk show.

She graduated from Messiah College with bachelor’s degrees in Communications & Accounting, before earning her master’s degree in TV & Radio from Syracuse University. Lawrence was recently honored as one of The 100 Most Important Sports Talk Radio Hosts in America by Talkers Magazine for 2015, and was the only female personality to make the list.

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Amy about the difficulties of 2020, broadcasting in a pandemic, growing in her faith and what God has shown her during quarantine. 

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

Amy Lawrence Podcast Conversation from 2017

Dave Pasch - ESPN Play by Play Announcer

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Jan 18, 2021

Ted Barrett has been a Major League Baseball umpire since 1994. He became a full-time MLB umpire in 1999 and is the only umpire to ever be behind the plate for TWO perfect games. (David Cone in 1999 and Matt Cain in 2012)

He has umpired in four World Series including the Red Sox Championship in 2007 and 2018, the Cardinals title in 2011 and the Giants beating the Royals to win it all in 2014. 

He is the co-founder of CALLING FOR CHRIST, a ministry serving professional baseball umpires and earned his Doctorate in theology from Trinity in 2013. 

On this episode of the podcast, Ted takes us into life as an MLB umpire during the 2020 shortened pandemic season. He also shares what it was like to umpire for 18 innings behind the plate in Game 3 of the 2018 World Series, umpiring the 2018 All-Star Game, the dissertation he wrote in 2013 on faith and umpiring and the rhythms he abides by as a follower of Christ. 

You can learn more about Ted’s ministry by going to callingforchrist.com

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

Ted Barrett 2017 Interview

Chris Guccione - MLB Umpire

Francis Chan and Adam Wainwright

Jan 16, 2021

Pro Football Hall of Fame coach and NBC Sports Analyst Tony Dungy joins Brock Huard to talk football faith, Super Bowl memories and his role as a co-host for Football Sunday 2021.

You can watch the entire Sports Spectrum Football Special with Tony Dungy, Brock Huard and Nate Solder: https://sportsspectrum.com/sport/football/2021/01/05/watch-sports-spectrum-football-special-3/ 

You can learn more about joining Compassion and Pro Athletes in releasing children from poverty: http://FilltheStadium.com 

You can order Football Sunday 2021 for your church by visiting http://FootballSunday.com

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