From the Archives: Reggie White

Reggie White was a 13-time Pro Bowler, 2-time Defensive player of the year, a Super Bowl champion, and a Hall-of-Famer. The “Minister of Defense” recorded 198 sacks in his career and is one of the best defensive players to ever play in the NFL. But his outspoken nature to boldly proclaim his faith is what separated him from many others. He passed away in 2004, but his life’s impact continues to touch people today. He was featured in many issues of Sports Spectrum from over the years. Here is an excerpt from his feature in our special Super Bowl XXVII issue from 1993, when White played for the Philadelphia Eagles:

Life as well as football is often a game of inches and big plays in which players lead by example. White will be the first to tell you that to be a leader in the game of football you also have to be a leader in the game of life.

White has earned huge levels of respect in the NFL, but it’s nothing new… Continue reading

From the Archives — God and Goals

Lying in bed for two months with a broken neck, 18-year-old Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite made a list of 10 goals. Nevermind the fact that he was uncertain to ever play again after fracturing his sixth vertebra at the bottom of a waterslide.

And forget cautious optimism. These were audacious dreams even for a boy raised on the soccer mania of Brazil… Continue reading

From the Archives — Betty Cuthbert

Betty Cuthbert—the Olympic champion Australians have fondly tagged “Golden Girl”— has always loved to run fast!

She was born (along with twin sister) in 1938 at Merrylands, Sydney, no more than 10 kilometers from the site of the 2000 Olympic Games.

As a child, she would win all her school races, even beating the boys—and her teacher encouraged her to join an athletics club.

From 13 on, she was winning New South Wales state championships, yet without the fuss and hype that would accompany such success today. In fact, a hallmark of Cuthbert’s career has been her loathing of publicity… Continue reading

God’s Plan

Despite injuries his first two seasons, Tyler Zeller’s faith and trust in God remained strong, and on Thursday, the middle Zeller was selected 17th overall in the NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks. Sports Spectrum’s feature on Tyler was published in the Fall 2011 issue.

Most Christians are of the firm belief that God does indeed have a plan for each of them and that they can claim the promise of Jeremiah 29:11 – a plan of hope and a promising future… Continue reading

From the Archives: Josh Hamilton

Not twice or three times but eight times Josh Hamilton went to drug rehabilitation—and not once did his trips lead to recovery.

With no place to go and a court order preventing him from going to his own home where his wife Katie, along with his daughter and stepdaughter lived, he arrived on the doorstep of his grandmother, Mary Holt, at 2 a.m. after a drug binge. He had lost one-fourth of his weight from a 6-foot-4-inch frame that today carries muscled, can’t-pinch-an-inch 240 pounds.

“I had nowhere else to go,” said Josh, “but something clicked in my head. My grandmother had always told me I could come to her for any reason, at any time…” Continue reading

From the Archives: Friends In Deed

Former managing editor of Sports Spectrum, Dave Branon, wrote “Friends In Deed” for SS’s November 1999 issue about David Robinson and Avery Johnson’s unique friendship.

Imagine having a nice leisurely breakfast at your local International House of Pancakes when the glass doors swing open and in walk two of the most famous basketball players in Texas.

It happens once in a while in Stafford, Texas, outside of Houston, when the urge hits David Robinson and Avery Johnson to go out for real food among the real people.

“That’s one of our favorite spots,” says Robinson, who lives outside of San Antonio. “When I go down to Houston to visit Avery, we go to IHOP and get breakfast. We go when Avery treats me…” Continue reading

From the Archives – Kirk Cousins

The NFL Draft starts on Thursday, April 26 and former Michigan State quarterback, Kirk Cousins, will be hoping to hear his name called by an NFL team some time in the early rounds. In our story about from the Summer 2011 issue of Sports Spectrum, Cousins talked about his future in the NFL.

“Ultimately, the whole NFL thing and the future in general, whether you are playing in the pros or just your future, whether you’re an athlete or a college student in general, most of us don’t know what’s going to happen in the next few years.”

“It’s a little bit scary because I’m the kind of guy who likes to have a plan and likes to have things laid out.”

“We have to trust in the Lord’s plan and we have to walk with Him and honor Him and trust Him… Continue reading

From the Archives: Reggie White

SS: What’s your biggest dream after football?

Reggie: I want to be used by God. To bring people into the Kingdom. And I pray more and more every day that God will give me, Sarah, and my children more of a compassion for people. A compassion for one another, a love for Him, and I believe that once He gives us even more love for Him, we’ll be more and more compassionate to people. And yet we’ll be more determined not only to share the gospel with them, but also to live the gospel out. And to be able to use our time and resources to help people who are in need.

SS: How would you like people to remember you in terms of a football player and a person?

Reggie: For people to remember my life, Sarah, and me, as people who loved God. I want people to be able to say to my children, “You know that your mom and dad were a woman and a man after God’s heart.” I want my grandchildren to be able to say that to their children. That’s the legacy I want to leave. I want people to say that Reggie and Sarah were a man and woman of God. That would mean more to me than anything… Continue reading

From the Archives: Meb Keflezighi

At 36-years-old, Meb Keflezighi won the Olympic marathon trials last weekend. Keflezighi’s story below was featured in the Winter 2010 issue of Sports Spectrum.

Nearly two years ago Meb Keflezighi couldn’t walk. Even moving around in his bed required help from loved ones.

His predicament was the result of a fractured hip he incurred Nov. 3, 2007, at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in New York City… Continue reading

The Way

The last two years have been a whirlwind for Brad and Tracy Stevens.

The 2009-2010 season was crazy enough, when Brad and his Cinderella Butler University Bulldogs nearly knocked off almighty Duke in the NCAA men’s basketball national championship game. Then came the 2010-2011 season when No. 8 seeded Butler made another unexpected run to the title game—the only Indiana team ever to advance to back-to- back Final Fours… Continue reading

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