Sports Spectrum Podcast

Sports Spectrum

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Hosted by former ESPN Senior Producer Jason Romano, Sports Spectrum is an interview driven podcast that features stories on the intersection of faith and sports.

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Oklahoma softball's Grace Lyons on winning championships and living a life serving Christ

Grace Lyons is a shortstop for the Oklahoma Sooners softball team. She has helped her team win back-to-back national championships in 2021 and 2022. This past season, she hit .401 with 23 home runs and 70 RBI. Her steady play at shortstop only saw her make six errors the entire season and she was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. Lyons was also recently named to the 2022 U.S. Women's National Team (WNT) roster for the Japan All-Star Series, USA Softball that took place in early August. Today on the podcast, we talk to Grace Lyons about winning a second national championship, the spiritual growth she's had in her college career and why her desire is to live a life serving Jesus Christ in obedience. *

39m
Aug 10
Minnesota Vikings announcer Paul Allen on his new faith in Jesus Christ

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 over 400 Minnesota Vikings games. Allen came to faith in Christ at age 52 in June of 2019 and is also now the host of the "Faith and Goal Podcast" intersecting sports and faith. Today on the show, we talk to Paul Allen about his role as a broadcaster, his desire to study the Bible and why at age 52, he decided to surrender his life to Jesus. *

55m
Aug 08
Kelli Masters - Sports Spectrum Minute

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 Kelli Masters, one of the handful of female NFL player agents in the NFL. He appeared on Sports Spectrum's Podcast in August 2017. You can listen to the entire interview here.  *

4m
Aug 07
South Carolina head coach Shane Beamer on football, family, coaching and faith

Shane Beamer is the head football coach at South Carolina. He just finished his first season with the Gamecocks in 2021 and went 7-6 and won the Duke's Mayo Bowl 38-21 over North Carolina. Beamer is the son of former Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer and played football for his father in the late 1990's as a wide receiver and long snapper. Following in the footsteps of his dad, Beamer was a grad assistant and assistant coach for 20 years with Tennessee, South Carolina Virginia Tech, Georgia and Oklahoma before getting his first head coaching job in December 2020 with South Carolina. Today on the podcast, we talk to Shane Beamer about his coaching style, the experience his first head coaching job, lessons learned from his football coaching father and how his faith keeps him grounded each day. *

30m
Aug 05
Former MLB pitcher Brandon Puffer on baseball, prison and restoration

Brandon Puffer was a former professional baseball pitcher. He was selected in the 27th round of the 1994 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins. After stints with the Angels, Reds and Rockies, Puffer signed with the Astros and made his MLB debut on April 17, 2002. He also had stints with the Red Sox, Padres and Giants.  In 2008, Puffer's baseball career ended when he was arrested for burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit a felony. Puffer was found guilty in 2009 and sentenced to five years in prison. He made parole in 2011 after more than three years in prison and since then has restored his life and is back in baseball as the co-founder of GPS Texas Baseball where he is a pitching instructor and coach.  Today on the podcast, we talk to Brandon Puffer about his love for baseball, making it to the Big Leagues, being arrested, his time in prison and how God has redeemed and restored him for a new purpose in life.  *

45m
Aug 03
Dallas Cowboys chaplain Jonathan Evans on football, marriage and family

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. His sister, Priscilla Shirer, is a speaker, author and actor, and his brother, Anthony, is a singer and worship leader. Jonathan played college football at Baylor, was an undrafted free agent in 2005, and spent time in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys under head coach Bill Parcells. After football was over, Evans got his master’s degree in Christian leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary. His latest book, "Your Time is Now Devotional" was released in 2022. Today on the podcast, Evans joins Jade McCarthy sharing stories of parenting, his pro football journey, becoming the Cowboys chaplain and finding balance in his busy life. *

27m
Aug 01
Jeff Saturday - Sports Spectrum Minute

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.  *

4m
Jul 31
Green Bay Packers linebacker Ty Summers on Bible studies, Lambeau Field and being an ambassador for Christ

Ty Summers is a linebacker with the Packers. He was selected in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft by Green Bay (226th overall) and has found himself as a core special teams player in the NFL.  In college at TCU, Summers received second team All-Big 12 honors in 2016 and honorable mention All-Big 12 honors in 2017 and 2018. He was selected as the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week after finishing with a career-high 23 tackles (seven solo) in a 28-21 double-overtime victory vs. Baylor on November 27, 2017. He was named one of the TCU Fellowship of Christian Athletes Bob Lilly Athletes of the Year award recipients for the 2017-18 academic year. Today on the podcast, we talk to Ty about growing up a Dallas Cowboys fan, being a perfectionist, leading Bible studies and the importance of taming your tongue.  *

34m
Jul 29
Maggi Thorne on American Ninja Warrior, overcoming obstacles and trusting in Jesus

Maggi Thorne is a mother of 3 and an American Ninja Warrior 7x competitor. She was the second mom up the warped wall and the first to beat the salmon ladder. In 2013, she placed second at The Worlds Toughest Mudder running 75 miles and completing 330 obstacles in 24 hours. Thorne has also served as a Global Ambassador for feedONE traveling the world in an effort to further the mission of giving others the gift of a nutritious meal. She's also the CEO of JoyFlowCo, helping active women of all ages by empowering, equipping and encouraging other females. Today on the podcast, we talk to Maggi about going from being an atheist to a follower of Christ, coping with the loss of her brother, how she came to participate on American Ninja Warrior, and the goal she has to use her platform to love and serve others like Jesus. *

36m
Jul 27
Josh Manson on winning the 2022 Stanley Cup and staying connected to God

Josh Manson is a defenseman Colorado Avalanche. He was a member of the 2021-22 Stanley Cup champion Avalanche team that beat Tampa in six games. Manson was a key contributor for the team, including scoring a goal in Game 2 and setting up the eventual game winning goal in the Game 6 clincher. On July 13, Manson agreed to a new four-year contract to return to Colorado. Josh’s father, Dave Manson, was a first-round pick and played in the NHL from 1986-2002. Today on the podcast, we talk to Josh Manson about being traded mid-season to Colorado, winning the Stanley Cup, the pressure of playoff hockey, the experience of the championship parade in Denver, staying connected to God during the playoff run and preparing for the birth of his second daughter. *

40m
Jul 25
Melanie Newman - Sports Spectrum Minute

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 MLB broadcaster and one of the first female play-by-play announcers in baseball, Melanie Newman. She appeared on Sports Spectrum's Podcast in October 2019. You can listen to the entire interview here.  *

4m
Jul 24
Matt Stinchcomb on Georgia football, his shocking media journey and spiritual maturation

Matt Stinchcomb is currently a college football analyst for the SEC Network and ESPN. Prior to his broadcasting journey, Stinchcomb was a professional football player. He was selected 18th overall in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Raiders. He would play four seasons in Oakland and then two with Tampa Bay before injuries ended his playing career at the age of 29.  In college, Stinchcomb was a standout offensive lineman at the University of Georgia, where he was named First-team All-American in back-to-back seasons in 1997 and 1998. In 2018, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Today on the podcast, we talk to Matt about his surprising broadcasting career, watching Georgia win the National Championship, the shortened NFL career that ended with injuries and finding his identity and trust in Jesus Christ to guide his life.  *

52m
Jul 22
USA Paralympian Jamie Whitmore on overcoming cancer, motherhood and Jesus

Jamie Whitmore is a two-time Paralympian (2020, 2016) as a road cyclist and track cyclist. In 2016 at the Rio Paralymics, she won a gold medal (road race) and silver (track pursuit). She also competed in 2021 at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics where she placed 7th in road race and 8th in individual pursuit. As a World Championship participant, Whitmore has taken home 20 medals including 11 gold medals (2013, 2015, 2017). She was inducted into the XTERRA Hall of Fame in 2012 and won the ESPY Award for Best Female Athletes with a Disability in 2014. In 2008, Jamie overcame a cancer battle and became a mom to twin boys. Today on the podcast, we talk to Jamie Whitmore about her faith, the trials she's had to overcome, competing in the Paralympics, the gratitude she has and the importance of Jesus as her Lord. *

38m
Jul 20
WNBA player Megan Gustafson on faith, basketball, never giving up and trusting God

Megan Gustafson is a basketball player in the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercury. She was selected in the second round of the 2019 WNBA Draft by Dallas and played the 2019 and 2020 season with the Wings. In 2021, she spent time with the Washington Mystics and moved to Phoenix in May 2022.  In college, Gustafson achieved a lot of success at the University of Iowa. In her senior year, she won the Naismith Player of the Year award in women's college basketball and was also named AP Player of the Year and Big Ten Player of the Year. Her number 10 was retired by Iowa in 2020.  Today on the podcast, we talk to Megan about her journey of basketball, how she handled fame and praise, and the importance of staying grounded in her walk with Christ.  *

35m
Jul 18
Nick Ahmed - Sports Spectrum Minute

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 Nick Ahmed, Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop and two-time National League Gold Glove winner. He appeared on Sports Spectrum's Podcast in March 2020. You can listen to the entire interview here.  *

4m
Jul 17
Cincinnati Bengals wide receivers coach Troy Walters on his faith and the 2021 Super Bowl journey

Troy Walters is currently the wide receivers coach with the Cincinnati Bengals. In 2021, he helped rookie receiver Ja'Marr Chase break many NFL records and was a part of a team that won the AFC championship and played in Super Bowl LVI. In college, Walters was a standout receiver at Stanford and in his senior season of 1999, he was named first-team All-American and won the Fred Biletnikoff Award as college football's outstanding receiver. He would go on to be a fifth round selection of the Minnesota Vikings and play eight NFL seasons with the Vikings, Colts, Cardinals and Lions. Today on the podcast, we talk to Troy Walters about the 2021 Bengals run to the Super Bowl, finding the positive in the midst of a tough season-ending loss, seeing coaching as a calling and how he's grown in his relationship with Jesus during his football playing and coaching career.  *

34m
Jul 15
Golf journalist Chantel McCabe on covering the Masters, regaining her faith and finding purpose in her work

Chantel McCabe is a media personality who covers the sport of golf for SiriusXM, PGA Tour Live and ESPN. She has previously worked with The Golf Channel as an anchor and reporter on-site at PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour events, NCAA golf events, World Long Drive event and with Fox Sports Carolinas covering the Carolina Hurricanes NHL franchise as the network’s pre-game show host and rink-side reporter, where she also served as producer.  McCabe’s broadcasting career began in college at the University of New Hampshire with New England Sports Network (NESN) as an on-air and online reporter. Today on the podcast, Chantel McCabe talks about her media career covering golf, losing and regaining her faith, the importance of intentional prayer, covering the Masters and finding new purpose in her job.  *

39m
Jul 13
NBA player Jonathan Isaac on taking a stance for Jesus Christ

Jonathan Isaac is a professional basketball in the NBA with the Orlando Magic. He was selected 6th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft our of Florida State, where he excelled in his one season with the Seminoles. In 2019-20, Jonathan had a breakout season averaging 11.9 pts, 6.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game but it was 2 injuries to his knee that shortened his season and has caused him to miss the entire 2020-21 and 2021-22 NBA seasons. Jonathan is also an author and his new book "Why I Stand" released in May 2022. Today on the podcast, we welcome Jonathan Isaac back to the podcast to discuss his decision to stand during the National Anthem in the 2020 NBA bubble, the ramifications from that decision, why he wants to simply point to Jesus in all that he does and how his injury has given him a new perspective on the game of basketball. *

34m
Jul 11
Nick Foles - Sports Spectrum Minute

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 NFL QB Nick Foles, Super Bowl LII MVP and currently with the Indianapolis Colts. He appeared on Sports Spectrum's Podcast in July 2018. You can listen to the entire interview here.  *

5m
Jul 10
Chargers kicker Dustin Hopkins on trusting in God in an unpredictable pro football lifestyle

Dustin Hopkins is an NFL kicker with the Los Angeles Chargers. He was originally selected in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills after a standout career in college at Florida State where he set a Division One FBS record in 2012  for career points by a kicker with 442 points and was named an All-American. After coming to the NFL, Dustin played in 2013 with Buffalo but after an injury, was released by the Bills, signed with the Saints to their practice squad but found a home in Washington in 2015 and spent six seasons with the Commanders until his surprise release in 2021. After being picked up by the Chargers, Hopkins had a great finish to last year and signed a three-year contract extension to remain in Los Angeles. Today on the podcast, we talk about his faith in Jesus, getting released by Washington 2021, trusting in God's plan, lessons from his former coach Bobby Bowden and the importance of praying in all aspects of his life. *

41m
Jul 08
Former Missouri QB Alex Demczak on finding purpose away from football

Alex Demczak is a former SEC quarterback for the Missouri Tigers. He graduated with a degree in Communication and a minor in Business and used his time at Missouri to catapult him into writing books and speaking.  He is the author of Thrive U and his latest book, "The Sale" released earlier this year. Alex is also a top keynote speaker and trainer for the Jon Gordon Companies. He frequently delivers keynotes and conducts training programs based on The Power of Positive Leadership and The Power of a Positive Team with the goal of helping leaders transform their teams and change the world.  Today on the podcast, we talk to Alex about his new leadership book, his time with Missouri, the moment that changed his life forever, and why his faith is the compass that he leans into everyday.  *

34m
Jul 06
Lance Berkman on his new role as a baseball coach and growing in his faith

Lance Berkman played 15 seasons in the major leagues (1999-2013), where he was named to six All-Star Games and won a World Series in 2011 with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was recently hired as the head baseball coach at Houston Baptist University. Today, we talk to Lance about his new role as a baseball coach, why he decided to say yes to Houston Baptist, the role he has as a dad, and why his faith in Jesus remains the central focus of his life.  *

33m
Jul 04
Lecrae - Sports Spectrum Minute

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 Grammy Award-winning hip hop artist Lecrae. He appeared on the Sports Spectrum Podcast in September 2020.  You can listen to the entire interview here.  *

4m
Jul 03
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl champion Josh Wells on growing in his faith and finding his true identity

Josh Wells is an offensive lineman with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He went undrafted in 2014 after a successful college career at James Madison and immediately signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He spent five seasons with the Jaguars from 2014-2018 and then after being released, signed with Tampa in 2019. In 2021, Wells was a part of the Buccaneers championship team that won Super Bowl LV, 31-9 over the Kansas City Chiefs. In 2022, he signed a one-year deal to return to Tampa. Today on the podcast, we talked to Josh Wells about returning to Tampa in 2022, winning the Super Bowl in 2020, being a teammate of Tom Brady, how his faith became real to him, finding his true identity and the growth that he has made as a follower of Christ. *

37m
Jul 01
Adventurer Ryan George on being 'Scared to Life' and running toward fear

Ryan George has traveled to all seven continents and both polar circles. An adrenaline junkie, Ryan is a certified wingwalker, a bungee jumping enthusiast, and a via ferrata connoisseur. He has surfed in the Arctic, ice climbed on three continents, and paraglided in seven countries. He co-leads Dude Group, a spiritual adventure community.  George's latest book “Scared to LIFE: Tales of a Good God who Reveals His Heart When Ours is Racing" was released in 2021 and depicts his journey of faith and his life of adventure.  On today's podcast, we talk to Ryan about some of the incredible adventures he's been on including bungee jumping and wing walking on an airplane. George also talks about his faith, surrendering to Christ at age 27,  and his amazing adoption story. *

38m
Jun 29
Braves hitting coach Bobby Magallanes on winning a World Series and giving his life to Christ

Bobby Magallanes is the assistant hitting coach with the Atlanta Braves. As a player, he was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 50th round of the 1989 MLB Amateur Draft and played several seasons in the minors before moving to play professionally in the Mexican League. In 2002, he began his career as a coach and spent several seasons in the minor leagues coaching in the Angels, White Sox and Guardians organizations before moving to the Braves in 2019. After spending the Covid 2020 season as a minor league assistant hitting coordinator, Bobby finally made it to the major leagues in 2021 and was named as the assisting hitting coach with the Atlanta Braves. In his first season in 2021, he was part of a World Series championship team as the Braves beat the Astros in 6 games.  Today on the podcast, we talk to Bobby Magallanes about his long and winding baseball journey, staying the course of faith and never failing to trust God when things don't seem to be going the way he would want. He also looks back at the amazing 2021 MLB season and the emotions of making it to the majors and winning a World Series championship. *

34m
Jun 27
Andrew McCutchen - Sports Spectrum Minute

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 Andrew McCutchen, former National League MVP and current member of the Milwaukee Brewers. Andrew appeared on Sports Spectrum's Podcast in March 2019. You can listen to the entire interview here.  *

4m
Jun 26
Super Bowl champion Don Beebe on coaching college football, living for Christ and never giving up

Don Beebe is a former NFL wide receiver who played nine seasons with the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers and Green Bay Packers. He was a member of six Super Bowl teams and won his only Super Bowl with the Packers in 1996.  He is currently the head football coach at Aurora University, where he led the Spartans to two Division III playoff berths in 2019 and 2021.  Today on the podcast, Don Beebe shares about the lessons he's learned from the "Leon Lett Play" in Super Bowl XXVII as well as the importance of his faith in Jesus Christ and how it guides him now as a college football coach. *

46m
Jun 24
Former MLB Pitcher Horacio Ramirez on baseball cards, Jesus and serving with Water Mission

Horacio Ramirez was selected in the fifth round of the 1997 MLB Amateur Draft by the Atlanta Braves and made his MLB debut on April 2, 2003 with Atlanta. His career saw him pitch with the Braves, Royals, Mariners, White Sox and the Angels. He last pitched in a major league game in September 2011.  A big part of Ramirez's  journey has been serving, and he’s currently involved with Water Mission https://watermission.org/, a Christian engineering ministry that fights the global water crisis. He recently took a trip to Mexico and visiting several areas where Water Mission is serving. Today on the podcast, we talk to Horacio Ramirez about his faith in Jesus fueling him to serve with Water Mission, lessons learned on the mound from teammates John Smoltz and Greg Maddux, and his new hobby of collecting baseball cards.  *

33m
Jun 22
Actor Zachary Levi on mental health, faith and acting as Kurt Warner

Zachary Levi is an actor best known for his roles in , , and In June of 2022, Levi released his first book, "Radical Love: Learning to Accept Others and Yourself."  Today on the podcast, we talk to Zachary Levi about his role as Kurt Warner, his love for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the importance of his faith in God and why Jesus' message of forgiveness and essential to all of us. *

30m
Jun 20