Reggie White – Minister of Defense

Reggie White is best remembered as the “Minister of Defense,” a nickname given to him because he was an ordained minister (at age 17) and a great defensive player. White was named to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro teams 13 times during his 15-year career and was voted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006, 13 months after…
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Tom Landry – Man of Honor

Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Thomas Wade Landry was born in a place with a name that’s a good description for his life – Mission. As a young man he left that Texas town for his first task – taking to the air. No, he wasn’t developing serious hang-time as a punter, but he was…
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Roger Staubach – Faithful Leader

Roger Thomas Staubach. Winner. What more can you say? Here’s a guy who had only one losing season in his lifetime. From Cincinnati’s Purcell High School to the New Mexico Military Institute to the Naval Academy to the Dallas Cowboys – his only sub .500 season was when injuries sank his senior season at Navy. And his winning percentage in the pros was a wave-worthy .746… Continue reading

SS at the Super Bowl: Blog Entry No. 7

On Saturday morning at the 2012 Athletes in Action Super Bowl Breakfast, we interviewed four people: legendary quarterback Bart Starr, 2012 Bart Starr Award winner London Fletcher, Super Bowl XLII champion David Tyree and Baltimore Ravens quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell.

If you haven’t read Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher’s story in our Winter 2012 issue, you have to read it. That’s what makes him receiving the Bart Starr Award even more impressive…because of where he’s come from. In the media room, he talked about living “the NFL life” for seven years but then turning things around. And here he was receiving an award based on “outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community.” Amazing.

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SS at the Super Bowl: Blog Entry No. 6

Yes, I know the Super Bowl is over, and I’ve returned from Indianapolis…but we’re literally swimming in content from all the multimedia we gathered from the last week. That being said, we’re going to post two more blogs: this one that features four Christians talking about their faith from the Super Bowl XLVI Champion New York Giants and another one tomorrow featuring interviews from the Athletes In Action Super Bowl breakfast.

The Giants featured in the video below are defensive end Justin Tuck, cornerback Will Blackmon, wide receiver Isiah Stanback and tackle Selvish Capers. Tuck, who was featured in the Spring 2011 issue of Sports Spectrum, had three tackles in the Super Bowl along with New York’s only two sacks. Blackmon returned a punt for four yards and a kick for 10 yards. Stanback and Capers are listed on the Giants’ practice squad…

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SS At the Super Bowl: Blog Entry No. 4 (Media Day)

One of the coolest things on Media Day, at least for me, was having the opportunity to interview other members of the media. We talked to EPSN’s Rick Reilly, Fox Sports’ Dan Patrick, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, NBC’s Tony Dungy (yes, he’s media now), and at the media party last night at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, I had the opportunity to sit down with one of my favorite journalists, Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz. Sure, not all of them were Christians. I’m not sure if any of them were outside of Tony. But my colleague from All Pro Dad and I enjoyed asking them about something that related to faith…

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SS at the Super Bowl: Blog Entry No. 2

On Saturday night at the Rock and Worship Roadshow, we got a chance to go backstage and interview one of the biggest names in hip-hop, Lecrae Moore. Sure, Lecrae may not be someone we typically feature in Sports Spectrum. He’s not an athlete. He’s a musician. But he relates to athletics because of hip-hop’s influence in the athletic sphere. He recently delivered a message for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and his event manager showed us a number of pictures from a golf round Lecrae played with Bubba Watson, who we featured in our Winter 2012 issue… Continue reading

SS at the Super Bowl: Blog Entry No. 1

Family first.

I was sitting at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center listening to NFL alum Freddie Scott speak, when I noticed one of the kids to the left of me. There were 100 kids and 35 parents gathered in the Detention Center’s gymnasium that day, but this kid in particular caught my eye.

As he listened to Freddie, elbow on the table, sitting with his fellow detainees, he rested his head on his right hand. Tattooed on his right hand was the word “Family.” Eventually I noticed something else tattooed on his left hand: “First…” Continue reading

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