You may have heard the recent story of Antoine Turner, the Boise State recruit who was homeless and who Boise State had to ask the NCAA permission to help with living accommodations.Two things struck me about this case, besides the obvious of having to ask permission to do the only humanly decent and logical thing for a person...

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.

Much has changed in the 30 years since Betsy King first appeared in the first issue of Sports Spectrum. The magazine was called Sports Focus then (1985), and King was coming off a year (1984)...

Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius’s book Meditations found Clint Irwin at a perfect time. Irwin was playing soccer in the Canadian minor leagues when he started reading Meditations—living with six roommates, sharing a single shower, and...

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...

Last week, the world lost a true hero and true example of Christ: Louis "Louie" Zamperini. He was 97. He ran in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, he was a World War II hero and POW, and he spoke on forgiveness every chance he had -- even going and witnessing, after the war, to the very Japanese prison guards who severely beat him for two years...

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…

What does a satisfying life look like? This question is something I chased after for a long time. It was something that, deep down, I longed for; to live a life that satisfied my heart but also made a difference in the lives of others. It was not until I was in my early 20’s that I came to see that God created me to be in a relationship with Him, but that He also gave me gifts that could be used to honor Him and serve others...

Chargers’ wide receiver Vincent Brown is anything but your typical NFL player. Off the field, the down-to-earth Upland, California, native is at home in jeans and Converse playing the drums with the energy of...

On July 2, the world lost a true hero and true example of Christ: Louis Silvie “Louie” Zamperini. He was 97. Zamperini was born Jan. 26, 1917, in Olean, New York, to Italian immigrants who spoke no English...

Like fishing stories that morph each year when aging anglers add several inches and pounds to their “big catch,” Chelsea Baker’s story seems to get better with age, as well. The only difference is that her story is...

Paul Westphal has seemingly come full circle. The well-traveled player and coach has been an NBA All-Star (five times) and coached the NBA All- Stars (twice), he has played and coached in the NBA finals, and he has...

15-year NFL career with the Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals and the St. Louis Rams was fruitful for Aeneas Williams. Williams, who played cornerback and free safety, was selected to eight Pro Bowls, six All-Pro teams, the NFL 1990’s All-Decade Team, the...

Longtime Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks was never concerned with the awards he earned during his star-studded 14-year career. His main focus was spiritual. However, the awards kept coming and continued six years after he retired in 2008...

Clint Dempsey was in kindergarten when he discovered that he loved soccer. The exhilaration of scoring goals was exactly what he needed to deepen his love for a game that has taken him all over the world and allowed him to play at soccer’s highest level in Europe and in the United States…

Peace eluded reigning Olympic and world 100-meter track champion even after she became a Christian, but now she has a “living faith” that keeps her grounded despite her wealth and recent success on the track. Pryce,...

As reported several months ago, the Brazilian government pledged to spend at least $900 million on security for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. They said that it would be "one of the most protected sports events in history." A CNN article in 2012 said that the government plans on having one police officer per every 50 people at each soccer match and one per every 80 people at other viewing events around the country...

What would it be like to be an MLB umpire? To deal with the continual verbal onslaught from players, coaches and fans? To be constantly reminded of your mistakes and treated like you are hardly human? ESPN The Magazine recently ran a feature story about Pastor Dean Esskew and his ministry for MLB umpires, examining the lives and struggles of a group of people that are neglected in the world of sports. From the article: "Pastor Dean has baptized 66 professional umpires, calling them safe in the only way that matters." Click here to read...

I parked my car and hurried into the gas station to buy a bag of ice. It was 5 a.m., and I was running slightly behind. I had started coaching a golf team at a Christian high school in Charlotte that spring, and it was the morning of our conference tournament, our biggest tournament of the year. Though I was hesitant to accept the position, I looked back on the season and believed it might have been the best thing I had done with my life in a long, long time...

They are calling Group G the "Group of Death" in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, consisting of Germany, Portugal, Ghana, and the United States. Merely advancing out of the group would be an incredible accomplishment, especially for the United States. The fact that it's a more difficult road for, say, a team like the United States, almost makes the journey more exciting. The greater the pain, the more scars there are, the greater the reward...

Atlanta Braves 24-year-old star Freddie Freeman lost his mom to cancer more than 10 years ago when he was in his early teens. At first, he asked the question many ask when a loved one is lost: Why? Why did this happen? Why did she have to go so soon? Why? Why? Why? Early on Freeman pushed God away, but a few years ago he came to the realization that God took his mom so she wouldn't have to suffer any longer...

Our biggest breakthrough moments sometimes come when we least expect them. In 2005, United States goalkeeper Brad Guzan had thought he played poorly in place of Chivas USA’s injured keeper. The squad finished with an abysmal 4-22 record in its first season, and Guzan believed much of it fell on him. “I was young,” he says. “I wasn’t sure I was ready mentally, physically…"

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...

"For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree." 1 John 5:7-8 The official slogan of the 2014 FIFA World Cup is "All in One Rhythm," or, in Portuguese, "Juntos num so ritmo." I love these four words. Not only is it a perfect description of the World Cup—how teams from around the world come together to participate in the sport of soccer, all in one rhythm— but it also makes me want to apply it to my own spirituality...