Our January 2014 DigiMag is a look back at 2013 and a preparation for 2014. This issue features an exclusive interview and in-depth feature with Sports Spectrum Male Athlete of the Year and National League MVP Andrew McCutchen along with the rest of our lists and awards for 2013. Our columns also touch on a variety of issues. Managing editor Brett Honeycutt writes about what he did to preserve the baseball memories he had with his father in his column “Airing It Out,” and staff writer Stephen Copeland writes about his interview with tight-rope extraordinaire Nik Wallenda and what his 2013 Grand Canyon walk can teach us about life in his column “Another Angle.”
Yeah, Super Bowl XXVII was a long time ago — 1993, to be exact. Take a step back into the past, and read about legends like Reggie White, Barry Sanders, Mike Singletary, and Bart Starr. Happy Throwback Thursday, everyone.
Tony Dungy, in The Jersey Effect, talks about the struggle for athletes once they finish their career. It’s a struggle because, once sports are taken away, they wonder what their purpose in life is. When sports are taken away, they lose meaning in life.
If you’re an athlete, is this true for you? If you’re not an athlete, what is the one thing in this world that you feel gives you meaning and purpose? How would you feel if it was taken away?
The legendary head coach Chuck Noll will say that football may have been his profession for a temporary season of his life, but football was certainly not his purpose. So, if what you do isn’t who you are, then what is your purpose?
See, we strive for importance, but what we deeply need is value. We act like competitors, but what God really wants to make us into is warriors. Purpose, I think, can be boiled down to value and being a warrior. Value comes from what Jesus Christ displayed on the cross and how God loves us each and every day. The truest thing about us is that we are loved. Being a warrior comes from God’s Holy Spirit living through us, in union with us, as we fight for a kingdom. It’s God’s love that gives us worth and His love that makes us warriors. The Holy Spirit, even, is an outpouring of His love as it lives through us to accomplish His purposes for His kingdom.
By Hunter Smith
And because of who he once was—a kid, a hero worshiper like the ones that encircle him—Shaun Alexander appreciates the power of the moment. He signs autographs, slaps high fives, and poses for cellphone photos, smiling for each click. He doesn’t deny a request.
Alexander, the Seattle Seahawks’ running back with the knack for scoring touchdowns, is touring the old YMCA in his hometown of Florence, Kentucky, the building he bought last year for $1.8 million. The building he now owns is the same center he and his brother couldn’t play basketball in as kids because they didn’t have enough money.
“I have a heart for kids,” Alexander explains when asked about why he bought the building. “It’s a place where kids can come and have fun and a place to help them stay out of trouble…”
Read the remainder of Shaun Alexander’s story from our September/October 2006 issue here.
In one magical season that reads like an Oscar-winning movie script, Kurt Warner went from NFL quarterback wannabe–just two years ago he was a third-stringer who played in one game–to league and Super Bowl MVP.
“He’s a book, he’s a movie, this guy,” said St. Louis Rams former head coach Dick Vermeil after Warner led the Rams to their dramatic 23-16 victory in Super Bowl XXXIV by throwing for a record 414 yards.
Well, the book’s already out. It’s Warner’s autobiography, accurately titled All Things Possible. The movie? There’s nothing in the works–yet–but if you take Rudy, Rock, and Field of Dreams, and roll them all into one, you’ll get the idea what Kurt Warner: The Movie would be about.
Warner insisted after his record-shattering Super Bowl performance that “I don’t think of it as a Hollywood story. It’s just my life.”
Read the rest of our feature on Kurt Warner from our November/December 2000 issue by clicking here.
Here at Sports Spectrum, we are entering our 30th year covering faith and sports. Over the last three decades, the magazine has gone from “Sports Focus” to “New Focus” to “Second Look” to “Sports Spectrum,” which it obviously remains today.
Throughout 2014, we will catch up with some of the athletes featured in our first magazines and revisit some of our archived stories. Today, we are giving you the first issue of Sports Spectrum magazine, published in May of 1985 and featuring the late Dan Quisenberry. Click here to view the first issue of Sports Spectrum magazine.
This issue features stories on Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris, Detroit Lions defensive lineman Israel Idonije, Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith, and University of Alabama safety Taylor Morton. Our columns also touch on a variety of issues. Managing editor Brett Honeycutt writes about former LPGA Tour golfer Betsy King and following Christ in his column “Airing It Out,” and staff writer Stephen Copeland writes about the peace displayed by a man on a farm and Steve Smith in his column “Another Angle.”