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Our third issue of the summer is now available for online viewing. Log in HERE to view. We release two digital issues between each print issue, totaling 12 issues a year and three issues per season. To receive 12 issues of Sports Spectrum magazine, subscribe HERE. This issue includes exclusive feature stories on Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin and his unorthodox journey to Major League Soccer, and Baylor University head football coach Art Briles and his journey of God-discovery in the midst of tragedy and despair. Our closeups include 30-year anniversary stories on former LPGA star Betsy King and former NFL player Rosey Grier. In our editorials, columnists Brett Honeycutt, Stephen Copeland and Bryce Johnson address a variety of issues.

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A couple of years ago, my husband, Luke, tried out for the USA Pan-Am basketball team. After a great tryout, the coaches told him that he and another player were the same type of player, so they were choosing to release Luke from the team. When Luke asked what he could have done to make the outcome different, they replied, “It’s like having a car in blue and green. If you’re the blue car, we just chose the green car...”

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Former NFL linebacker Derrick Brooks is now in the Hall of Fame. Here is a throwback story when he was featured on the cover of Sports Spectrum's Winter 2009 issue. The glass atrium of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' posh headquarters is adorned with exhibits commemorating the history of the franchise.The most striking is a statue featuring life-sized images of coach Jon Gruden and eight standout players reveling in their 48-21 victory against the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII. Among the sculpted figures is one of Derrick Brooks, whose character off the football field is symbolized in a less conspicuous... Click here to finish reading Sports Spectrum's throwback feature on Derrick Brooks from five years ago.

Several years ago I lived in a world that didn't make God happy. I played on good teams and was paid good money, but I wasn't happy. It was a dark world with many fake friendships; people who liked me for what I had. When I met my future wife, she helped me know the true love of God. In the moment that I accepted Jesus and gave my life to Him, everything changed. I received a new lease on life with trusted friends, and in my job as a soccer player...

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