Feature Story — Winston Justice: Rescued From Justice

Protecting Peyton Manning, one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks in history, doesn’t come without bumps in the road.

For Winston Justice, those bumps have been numerous. His storybook ascension started in high school, when Winston Justice started making his own decisions.

Raised a Jehovah’s Witness, Justice defied his denomination’s edict to avoid organized athletics because it would expose children to “unwholesome associations” and started playing football when he was 16… Continue reading

The Mind of McCutchen

Since being awarded the National League MVP in November, Pittsburgh Pirates star Andrew McCutchen gets the questions all the time.

What’s the key to success?

How did you get the MVP?

What makes you so calm and confident? Continue reading


Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy and his assistant coach, Mitch Cole, are in the team film room.

Kennedy sits in the middle of the room, its theatre-seating funneling toward the screen in front of them, tables running across each row, black-and-white A&M basketball photos and inspirational quotes plastered on the side walls. Kennedy’s plastic plate from lunch, littered with crumbs and a banana peel, is sitting on the table, as he casually leans back in his chair… Continue reading

From Puppet to Platform

Dylan Thompson had strings.

He moved the right way. He said the right things. He danced across the stage and nailed his lines. He was a shell of a man, a marionette that moved but had no life inside.

One day, the strings broke, his body fell, and he lay all twisted up and lifeless on stage.

The lights went down. And the curtains closed… Continue reading

Oleg Maskaev — World Boxing Champion

Oleg, share your impressions about the last fight against Jason Gaverni. Even though I won this fight, but in fact was not an easy fight. I must say that I was not properly prepared for it. My manager, Fred Hash, who was involved in the preparation of this fight, died suddenly just before the fight. Therefore, the fact of death, as well as different organizational issues prevented me to go up to the highest form of combat. But I thank God that He gave me the victory. He saw my hard work and diligence, as well as all the problems that do not depend on me, and gave me the strength to not only survive against Gaverni and win, to which I have been so long…And I’m very grateful that there were many close people who supported me. There was also a friend of mine who throughout the fight prayed Read More

Belief Beyond Doubt

Tim Hudson was too preoccupied with his prep baseball career to take in many Braves games at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. But there he was in the stands two decades ago when it hit him—he just might have a future working off a major league mound. “I was a junior at the time,” he told Sports Spectrum during spring training. “I found myself actually thinking that I could play at that level one day. It seemed so much harder on TV. It’s so much faster on TV. When you watch it in person, it’s just like the game I played in my back yard. It was fun to imagine that. I just never realized it would happen.” When it did, Hudson understood his ability to pitch in the big leagues, and later his opportunity to do so for the team he loved growing up, were heaven sent. “It was God’s plan Read More

Extreme Sports Closeup — Nik Wallenda

Nik Wallenda, who walked across Niagara Falls in 2012, recently became the first person to walk across the Little Colorado River Gorge on the Navajo Nation near the Grand Canyon on a tight rope. Wallenda, who began tight-rope walking when he was 2 years old and trains five to six hours each day, traversed a 2-inch cable that was 1,400 feet across and 1,500 feet above the twisting Little Colorado River on June 23. The historic walk, which took 22 minutes, 54 seconds, and was done without a tether or safety net, was shown live on Discovery Channel and viewed in 217 countries. “I believe God has given me a gift and a talent that can be used to bring glory to His name,” Wallenda told the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association last year. “I don’t go up there unprepared or untrained and say it’s up to God whether I make Read More

From the Archives — Masterful Performance

With a 5-under 66 in the first round of The Open Championship at Muirfield, Zach Johnson has put himself in early contention to win his second major championship. Read our “From the Archives” story on Johnson after he won his first major in 2007…

For many golf fans, the final round of the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, is the high holy day of professional sports. It’s a chance to worship all things green and beautiful in the aptly named Cathedral of Golf.

But for 2007 champion Zach Johnson, his stunning victory on April 8, was a chance to win the most prestigious of golf tournaments, the Masters, while worshiping the true Master…

Click here to read the rest of our story on Zach Johnson from our July/August 2007 issue. Continue reading

Around the Net: Giants’ Vogelsong praises God in postgame interview, LSU Photoshops out fans’ crosses, Jeremy Lin’s couch gone

Ryan Vogelsong struck out a career-high nine batters in 7 innings Sunday night to help the Giants even the series at 3-3 against the Cardinals. When asked by FOX’s Erin Andrews about his start, he gave glory to God…

LSU sent an email out last week containing a photo of a fan group, but students were shocked to see their painted crosses missing in the photo…

The couch that Jeremy Lin once slept on before becoming an overnight sensation for the New York Knicks is gone… Continue reading

SPORTS YAPP Episode #29 – Brad Smith Interview


Today on the show:

- Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver Brad Smith joins to discuss how his first year in Buffalo went.

- We yapp about faith, family, and football.

- We even talk a little NBA, PS3, mentors, and college.

- Brad gives his opinion on the new kickoff rule.

- And Bryce gives his thoughts about Jeremy Lin and Peyton Manning!

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