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Reading the children's classic The Little Engine That Could might be the easiest way to understand what Avery Johnson has gone through to make it in the NBA. Like the little blue engine from Watty Piper's story, Johnson is an inspiration. Like the little blue engine, Johnson is much smaller than his counterparts. Like the little blue engine, Johnson has had to persevere. And like the little blue engine, Johnson's goal is to climb a mountain. I think I can - I think I can - I think I can - I think I can. Click here to read the rest of our story on Avery Johnson from our November 1993 issue...

Yawn...yawn. Seemingly just another day at the office for point guard Steve Alford. The smooth 6-foot-2 senior led Indiana University to the National Collegiate...

It was here, in the poverty-torn country of Jamaica, while sitting next to a man grotesquely disfigured by leprosy, that Matt Hasselbeck began his unexpected journey to the NFL, to the Pro Bowl, and to the Super Bowl. It was here, as Hasselbeck watched with amazement a man who had lost his fingers, ears, nose, and sight to leprosy joyfully praising God in prayer and in song, that the Seattle Seahawks quarterback discovered the meaning of contentment and commitment...

After a long, hot day of practice at the University of Florida, Steve Spurrier is the first one off the field. He has made it his custom to lead the way into the press barrage. Spurrier steps to the sidelines and is assaulted with television cameras and tape recorders. "Nothin' too exciting happened today, nothin' too disappointing happened," he reported one afternoon early in the season, "just another day out in the sunshine. What else y'all wanna know?"

"I try to be myself and let my teammates know where I stand in my relationship with the Lord. But at the same time, I don't want them to feel like I'm trying to beat them over the head. I hope to be their friend and build a relationship with them and let them know that I'm there for them. I feel like if I build relationships and prepare my heart for a chance to share with others, God will use me in a way that will glorify Him." -Matt Holliday, 2008 March/April issue of Sports Spectrum "When your superstar status type guys are successful in what they do, some of the non-believers on the team can see that you can be a Christian and still be aggressive in the baseball realm and be a good baseball player. To have the key leaders on a team be believers, and for them to live a certain way is significant." -Jeremy Affeldt, 2008 March/April issue of Sports Spectrum Click HERE to read our archived story on Matt Holliday and Jeremy Affeldt from when they played for the Colorado Rockies.

Socks -- (according to Webster's dictionary) a woven covering for the feet. Socks -- (according to Seattle Seahawks opponents) something you don't want to be faked out of when you're attempting to cover Steve Largent. Put Steve Largent in a footrace with other wide receivers like Olympic sprinter Ron Brown of the Los Angeles Rams and Willia Gault of the Chicago Bears, and Largent's speed makes him look like a Volkswagen among Ferraris… Click HERE to read the remainder of this "From the Archives" story on Steve Largent from an issue in 1987 when Sports Spectrum was called Second Look. This year, Sports Spectrum is celebrating 30 years of covering faith and sports.

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.

As soon as he crossed the Atlantic Ocean, Tim Howard began to open people's eyes. Here was an American goalie playing at the top level in soccer-crazy England. The 25-year-old Howard, who spent nearly six seasons with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, signed with Manchester United of England's Premier League last July, and he made an immediate impact upon reaching the United Kingdom. In fact, Howard helped Man U capture the coveted FA Cup on May 22 by shutting out Millwall 3-0 in the deciding game... Click here to read the remainder of this throwback story on Tim Howard from Sports Spectrum's July/August 2004 issue…

The putt only covered 15 feet, but it seemed more like 100 to the gallery gathered at the eighteenth hole at Pinehurst No. 2 on that early Sunday evening in June 1999. It traveled uphill, broke ever so slightly to the right...and slipped gently into the cup. Payne Stewart, wearing his trademark knickers and argyle socks, hoisted the ball up to the heavens. The crowd roared. And for the second time in his career, Stewart was crowned champion of the U.S. Open--the most prestigious event for American golfers. The victory would be his last on the PGA Tour. Four months later, on October 25, 1999, Payne Stewart entered the gates of heaven after his private jet plowed into a dirt field in Minot, South Dakota, taking the lives of Stewart and three business associates. His death at only 42 years old shook the golf world and the entire nation...

Randy Johnson. Just the mention of his name elicits a collection of defeated, almost fearful responses from major league hitters. Some shake their head and laugh nervously. Others ponder their fate for a moment...then shrug their shoulders in resignation. Still others take a deep breath and slowly exhale as if they've narrowly escaped death. Remember the 1993 All-Star Game? The always colorful, left-handed hitting John Kruk stepped in to face Johnson. The 6-foot-10 inch southpaw promptly sailed a fastball over the first baseman's head. That's all Kruk needed. He was finished. He was transformed into a wide-eyed little leaguer batting for the first time as he bailed...

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