The phone rang. It was sometime in 2008 and Pat Hill, then Fresno State’s football coach, was calling to see how David Carr, the oldest of son of Rodger and Sheryl Carr, was doing.
David was a former Fresno State record-setting quarterback who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 NFL draft by the expansion Houston Texans and was featured on the cover of Sports Spectrum that year… Continue reading →
The last time we had a Detroit Tiger on our cover was Travis Fryman in our May 1996 issue. Read his story below…
Travis Fryman’s dream had come true.
He found himself in the visitor’s clubhouse at Fenway Park–covered with ketchup, mustard, and every other condiment that could be rustled up from Fenway concession stands.
Some wise guy had come up with two eggs that were added to the mix, along with some Coke and cold coffee. Yellow ooze was dripping from Fryman’s hair and into his eyebrows. This was the fulfillment of a dream?
Jason Avant is used to dodging defenders as a receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles. But before he made it to the NFL he had to literally dodge bullets.
Twice he was cornered by rival gangs as a youngster growing up in Chicago. And the house he lived in was shot up numerous times. His mother left him as a toddler and his dad was in and out of prison. But the former Gangster Disciple is now a disciple of Christ and has developed into one of the Eagles’ steadiest receivers… Continue reading →
Each time David Akers was cut by his last two NFL teams, his departure oddly followed deep runs by his teams in the playoffs. It didn’t deter him from continuing to succeed, though. Now with his fourth NFL team, he is once again one of the NFL’s top kickers, this year playing for the Detroit Lions and their high-powered offense. Akers, who has made six Pro Bowls, played in two Super Bowls (2005 with Philadelphia and 2013 with San Francisco) and was named to the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 2000s, owns three NFL records. During the 2011 season, while playing for the San Francisco 49ers, he set single-season records for most points by a kicker (166) and field goals made (44). Last season, he tied the NFL record (held by three others) for the longest field goal when he kicked a 63-yarder at Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Read More
Russell Wilson, one of the top rookies in the NFL last season while guiding the Seattle Seahawks to the second round of the playoffs, had Seattle off to a fast start again this season and dreams of making another postseason appearance. Last season, Wilson passed for 3,118 yards and tied Peyton Manning’s NFL rookie record with 26 touchdown passes in the regular season, before passing for an NFL rookie playoff record 385 yards in a 30-28 loss to the Atlanta Falcons and earning a spot in the Pro Bowl. But Wilson, who became a Christian when he was 14, isn’t all about football. He is known for his strong faith and uses his popularity to point people to Christ by tweeting Bible verses to more than 380,000 of his Twitter followers. “You have to stand for something and (God) has given me this tremendous platform,” said Wilson, while speaking at Read More
Parents, in general, rear their children to get an education, excel at sports, and excel at life, sometimes in that order, and sometimes with sports before education, but usually, excelling at life seems to come last on the importance meter.
Strangely, those same parents wonder what happened when their children fail at life. Questions abound like: Why did they disobey? Why did they get involved with the wrong crowd? Continue reading →
On the surface, Herschel Walker seemingly had it all. As a Heisman trophy winner, as a NFL running back for 12 years and as the second greatest rated college running back ever, he had fame. As an All-Pro selection that the Dallas Cowboys once traded to Minnesota for five players and six first-round draft picks, he had wealth. And he had the megawatt smile that said all was right with his world. But Walker didn’t have what he wanted most – peace. “I was messed up,” he said. “I was all screwed up.” No one knew. The perpetual overachiever who was driven by childhood demons of being a stutterer and overweight—“Everyone picked on me” he says—spent his life proving himself. Then when his NFL days were done in 1997, his release and escape were taken from him. A couple of years after his last NFL game, Walker, in a burst Read More
To win, Dallas Cowboy starting quarterback Tony Romo knows it takes a team. “As a quarterback, one of the most important things I’ve learned is that no one person can win a game by himself,” he recently said. He certainly relied on members of his own high-profile team during the Cowboys improbable march to the brink of the 2012 NFL playoffs, as week after week players were felled by injuries, on-field mistakes and other issues. Plus, the off-field death of a teammate and the absence of another fellow Cowboy player, who caused his teammate’s death through drunk driving, has put further stress on the team. Receiving far less attention, but vastly more important, is the number of spiritual teammates Romo has gained in his life as his faith in Jesus Christ has grown and his public witness has magnified over the last couple of years in one of the most Read More
The calmness in Andrew McCutchen’s demeanor mirrors his play on the field. When he plays for the Pittsburgh Pirates, you see a smooth, graceful athlete who easily covers the space in centerfield, has a fluid swing at the plate and runs the bases extremely well. He’s that complete player the Pirates Need in the leadoff position and the reason they selected him 11th overall in the 2005 Major League Baseball draft out of Fort Meade (Fla.) High School… Continue reading →
Eddie Perez was watching a television in a room off the Atlanta bullpen when he heard a knock on the door. The Braves coach knew it was the home run ball he had just seen burst off the bat of a hometown prodigy taking his first swing in the big leagues. “When we were watching in there, we got excited and we hear pop!” says Perez, who sensed more than the usual fan celebration at Turner Field. “Everybody was going crazy. It was like the birth of a new star… Continue reading →
Sports Spectrum magazine seeks to highlight Christian athletes of all sports and levels to help motivate, encourage
and inspire people in their faith through the exciting and challenging world of sports.