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Episode 58 - Trey Burton, Philadelphia Eagles Tight End

Trey Burton is in his 4th season as a tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles. He played his college ball at the University of Florida, where he found himself as a versatile athlete playing multiple positions for the Gators. As a freshman in 2010, Burton broke the Gators record for most touchdowns in a single game, finding the end zone 6 times against Kentucky. Despite a lot of success with Florida, Burton would go undrafted in 2014 before signing as a free agent with the Philadelphia...

Duration: 00:32:48

Episode 57: Jim Gruenwald, 2-time Olympic Wrestler, Wheaton College Wrestling Coach

Jim Gruenwald enters his ninth year as the head coach for the Wheaton College wrestling team in 2017-18. He is also the Head Strength Coach for Thunder Athletics. Gruenwald, a two-time member of the U.S. Olympic Greco Roman wrestling team, came to Wheaton after serving as an assistant coach for U.S. Greco Roman wrestling team at the U.S. Olympic Education Center in Marquette, Michigan from 2005-09. Gruenwald finished sixth at 60 kg in the Greco Roman competition at the 2000 Olympics in...

Duration: 00:52:35

Episode 56: T.C. Stallings, Actor - War Room/Courageous

T.C. Stallings is an actor, author and former pro football running back. He is one of the stars of the 2015 film "War Room," which reached number one at the box office in its second week. Stallings played 4 years of college football at the University of Louisville, where he rushed for over 1,300 yards and scored 15 touchdowns in his career. He would go on to play 6 years of professional football in NFL Europe, the CFL, and the Arena League. Stallings got his first crack at movies,...

Duration: 01:02:30

Episode 55: Jarrett Payton, Walter Payton's son -- former NFL running back

Jarrett Payton is the son of legendary NFL running back Walter Payton. In July of 1993, when he was 12 years old, Jarrett introduced his father Walter into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Playing football at the University of Miami, Jarrett played on a National Championship winning team in 2001, rushed for over 1,000 yards in 2003 and was the 2004 Orange Bowl MVP. Jarrett played in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans in the NFL as well as the CFL and the Indoor Football League. He retired...

Duration: 00:50:34

Episode 54: The Powerful Journey of Former Marine Chad Robichaux

Chad Robichaux served in the United States Marine Corps, going on eight tours of duty in Afghanistan, fighting against terrorism. He is a true hero. Chad is the president and founder of Mighty Oaks Foundation, a leading military nonprofit serving the US military active-duty and veteran communities with highly successful peer-to-peer, faith-based, combat-trauma programs and combat-resiliency conferences. Chad and his team are dedicated to helping America’s military warriors and their...

Duration: 01:07:11

Episode 53: Andy Andrews, N.Y. Times Bestselling Author, Speaker

His parents were killed 3 months apart when he was 19. He was homeless, he wasn't supposed to make it. But for Andy Andrews, not only did he make it, he persevered and is now impacting lives through his books and his talks. Hailed by a New York Times reporter as "someone who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America," Andy Andrews is a best-selling novelist, speaker and consultant for the world's largest corporations, most successful sports teams and...

Duration: 00:55:04

Episode 52: Amy Lawrence, CBS Sports Radio Host

Amy Lawrence is the host of "After Hours with Amy Lawrence" on the CBS Sports Radio Network. The show can be heard weekdays from 2:00-6:00 AM, ET. Amy is a pioneer in sports radio, and one of the only females hosting a daily talk show on a national radio network. Prior to joining CBS in January 2013, Lawrence spent nine years at ESPN Radio where she was the only regular female host. Local radio stops include Providence, RI; Lebanon, NH; Rochester, NY; and Oklahoma City, OK, where she was...

Duration: 00:59:50

Episode 51: James McCann, Detroit Tigers Catcher

James McCann is a major league baseball catcher for the Detroit Tigers. He made his MLB debut in September 2014, and just finished his third full season in the big leagues in 2017. In 2017, he hit .253 with 13 HR and 49 RBI but it was his second half that really impressed people around baseball. In July, McCann batted .396 (19-for-48) with a .473 OBP, seven extra-base hits and 11 runs batted in. His hitting streak would extend to 14 games before ending on August 5. McCann has been...

Duration: 00:36:30

Episode 50: Ted DiBiase (The Million Dollar Man) - WWE Hall of Famer

Ted DiBiase is a former WWE wrestler, who was inducted into their hall of fame in 2010. Known as "The Million Dollar Man," DiBiase was regarded as one of the greatest villains in pro wrestling history. In his 25 year career in the wrestling industry, Ted wrestled in some of the biggest venues in the world: Madison Square Garden, The Superdome, The Skydive, The Tokyo Dome and Wembley Stadium. Today, Ted is a full-time evangelist and motivational speaker. Officially ordained into the...

Duration: 00:47:08

Episode 49: Geoff Blum, 2005 World Series Hero, Current Houston Astros Broadcaster

Geoff Blum played 14 MLB seasons with Montreal, Tampa, Houston, San Diego, Chicago and Arizona. He was a World Series hero in 2005, hitting the game-winning home run in the 14th inning of Game 3, leading the White Sox to a victory and their first championship in 88 years. Blum is currently a TV analyst for his former team, the 2017 American League champion Houston Astros. Geoff is a husband to Kory and a father to 4 girls including a set of triplets. On this episode of the podcast, we...

Duration: 00:41:58

Episode 48: Nike's Jordan Rogers - From Addiction to Freedom

Jordan Rogers is the North America Brand Manager for Nike Football. He's living the dream working for one of the biggest companies in the world. He's also a husband, and a dad. Life is good. But it wasn't always that way. Starting at the age of 15, Jordan struggled with addiction to drugs including heroin. He was incarcerated for 13 months, homeless, and had no hope to live. But Jordan was able to find hope in Christ, and get sober. He's now 14 years clean and continues to use his story...

Duration: 01:03:30

Episode 47 - The Incredible Story of MMA Fighter Justin Wren

Justin Wren known for his mixed martial arts career in the UFC. Early in his career, he appeared on the Spike TV reality show "The Ultimate Fighter." Growing up, Justin experienced large amounts of bullying, which led to depression and suicidal thoughts during his teen years. Justin's life began to hit rock bottom when he disappeared for eight weeks without anyone knowing where he was. Drugs, depression, addiction, anger, his life was spiraling out of control. After a life-changing...

Duration: 01:15:11

Episode 46: Emily Austen, Former Fox Sports Reporter

Emily Austen is a former reporter for Fox Sports. She also had stints at the Golf Channel and as a digital reporter with the Boston Celtics. In 2016, she was fired from her job for making offensive remarks on a Facebook LIVE interview with Barstool Sports. Her firing went viral and her story made national news. In the immediate aftermath, after apologizing, Emily went to a very dark place. Emily has since rebounded and has been determined to turn her mess into a message of positivity by...

Duration: 01:01:47

Episode 45: David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals Running Back

David Johnson is a running back with the Arizona Cardinals. He was selected in the 3rd round (86th overall) by Arizona in the 2015 NFL Draft. In his first two seasons, he's rushed for over 1,800 yards, 32 total touchdowns, and in 2015 was named 1st-team All-Pro and selected to his first Pro Bowl. Johnson dislocated his wrist in the 3rd quarter of the first game of the 2017 NFL season. He's expected to be out 2-3 months and possibly return at the end of the year. Spending four seasons at...

Duration: 00:36:51

Episode 44 - Chris Broussard, Fox Sports Analyst, former ESPN NBA Insider

Chris Broussard is former ESPN NBA Insider who now works as a sports commentator at Fox Sports. Broussard started his broadcast career in 1990 at the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. After stops with the Akron-Beacon Journal, and the New York Times, Chris landed with ESPN in 2004. In the Fall of 2016, Broussard departed ESPN for a new venture with Fox Sports as a sports analyst. He also co-hosts a Saturday Night radio show on Fox Sports Radio and hosts a weekly NBA podcast called "In the...

Duration: 01:17:03

Episode 43 - Tim Fortugno, Former MLB pitcher - Current Mets scout

Tim Fortugno is a former Major League Baseball pitcher and currently a professional scout for the New York Mets. But the story of baseball is just a small part of the incredible life journey that Tim has had. Growing up as a child in a broken home, Tim witnessed physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his step-father. At 15, Tim was ready to end it all, but God intervened and brought Tim to foster family that turned his life around and changed him forever. An unlikely trek to...

Duration: 01:07:42

Episode 42 - Demario Davis, Jets linebacker on unity and the National Anthem

Demario Davis is in his 7th year as a linebacker in the NFL. He was selected by the Jets in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. After five seasons in New York, he signed with the Browns in the offseason of 2016. On June 1st, Davis was traded back to New York and is now once again starting at linebacker for the Jets at Met Life Stadium. Through 3 games in the 2017 season, Demario is second in the NFL in tackles with 32 and he helped the Jets win their first game of the season in Week 3...

Duration: 00:23:58

Episode 41: Rachel Baribeau, Sirius XM ESPNU Radio Host

As the south’s sweetheart of sports, Rachel Baribeau has been dubbed an “SEC-ologist” as she has covered the SEC, and college football, for over ten years. In fall of 2015, she was bestowed a Heisman vote by the Heisman Trust. These days can be heard on SiriusXM's ESPNU Radio. She was the first female host on that platform. She can also be heard on MadDog Sports Radio, in the SiriusXM family of Networks. Her heartfelt, and captivating, storytelling is also featured on...

Duration: 00:44:58

Episode 40: The Amazing Story of John O'Leary

In 1987, John O'Leary was a curious nine-year-old boy. Playing with fire and gasoline, John created a massive explosion in his home and was burned on 100% of his body. He was given a 1% chance to live. And live he did. With the help of a St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame broadcaster, and his love for baseball, John was able to survive and even more than that thrive in life. John is now a motivational speaker and author, sharing his incredible story. His new book, "ON FIRE: The 7 Choices...

Duration: 00:45:56

Episode 39: Craig and Rachel Terrill - Life as a married couple in the NFL

Craig Terrill played 7 seasons as a defensive tackle in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks from 2004-2010. He was selected in the 6th round by Seattle (189th overall) and was part of four NFC West division championships (2004-2007) and a member of the 2005 Seahawks team that won the NFC and made it all the way to Super Bowl XL. Dubbed “Dr. Love” for her work on marriage and relationships, Dr. Rachel Terrill is passionate about making marriages work. ​ When Rachel's husband was drafted...

Duration: 00:28:40

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