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A conversation with Sprint Cup driver Austin Dillon

posted by Chad Bonham

He might be barely into his mid-20s, but Sprint Cup driver Austin Dillon has already found himself smack dab in the middle of NASCAR’s brightest spotlight. You could say Dillon was born to be a driver. His grandfather is legendary […]

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A conversation with Liberty football coach and former Nebraska quarterback Turner Gill

posted by Chad Bonham

Turner Gill has seen just about everything in his days as a top-rated college quarterback and his experiences as a coach at various levels. At Nebraska, he led the Cornhuskers to three Big Eight championships but painfully fell short of […]

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A conversation with NASCAR driver David Starr

posted by Chad Bonham

It doesn’t matter if it’s the Camping World Truck Series, the Nationwide Series or the Sprint Cup Series. All NASCAR driver David Starr cares about is getting behind the wheel and doing what he’s loves best—racing. Starr has spent most […]

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A conversation with NASCAR driver Tanner Berryhill

posted by Chad Bonham

The state of Oklahoma is known for its powerhouse football programs, legendary country music stars and rich Native American heritage. Notice the absence of “famous stock car drivers” from that list. Taylor Berryhill, barely into his 20’s, hopes to change […]

A conversation with NASCAR crew chief Jason Ratcliff

posted by Chad Bonham

For the past 15 years, Jason Ratcliff has slowly worked his way through the NASCAR ranks as a crew chief for the likes of David Green, J.J. Yeley, Aric Almirola and Jamie McMurray. He’s spent time working with Kyle Busch […]

A conversation with NASCAR crew chief Dave Rogers

posted by Chad Bonham

Since 1998, Dave Rogers has been fully immersed into the unique culture of Joe Gibbs Racing. From his start as race engineer for Tony Stewart’s #20 team to his current post as crew chief for Kyle Busch’s #18 team, Rogers […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Blake Koch

posted by Chad Bonham

Blake Koch has never been afraid of hard work. And that’s a good thing considering how difficult it is to break into NASCAR—especially when driving for small, underfunded teams. Over the past six years, Koch has raced in all three […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Michael McDowell

posted by Chad Bonham

Michael McDowell has been quietly building confidence and a solid résumé over the past seven years. It hasn’t been the easiest transition for the former open wheel racer and road course specialist, but his determination to make a permanent home […]

Kevin Durant wins first career NBA MVP Award

posted by Chad Bonham

On Tuesday, Kevin Durant won his first career NBA Most Valuable Player award. His acceptance speech has quickly become the source of great inspiration across the country. Durant is truly a unique soul in a league where the biggest names […]

A conversation with two-time Olympic bobsleigh athlete Elana Meyers

posted by Chad Bonham

Elana Meyers was born into an Episcopalian family that later became Lutheran. More recently, she was baptized in a Baptist church. She’s also been known to attend non-denominational services. So Meyers really isn’t sure how to label her Christian faith. […]

A conversation with Olympic freestyle skier Nick Goepper

posted by Chad Bonham

Action sports athletes are often pegged as rebellious, freewheeling and borderline reckless. Freestyle skier Nick Goepper certainly doesn’t dispute the stereotype. But what might surprise some is that there’s a strong remnant of Christians within the various winter disciplines. And […]

A conversation with four-time Olympic snowboarder Kelly Clark

posted by Chad Bonham

When an 18-year old Kelly Clark won the snowboarding gold medal at the 2002 Olympics Games in Salt Lake City, the action sports world was literally at her feet. And while the next few years brought unprecedented success, Clark struggled […]

A conversation with Heisman Trophy winner and former NBA star Charlie Ward

posted by Chad Bonham

Before there was Jameis Winston, there was another dual-threat quarterback at Florida State named Charlie Ward. It was 20 years ago when Ward won the Heisman Trophy and then led the Seminoles to its first national championship. Since Winston is […]

A conversation with New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday

posted by Chad Bonham

It’s been an interesting year for New Orleans point guard Jrue Holiday. After a breakout season in Philadelphia, he was surprisingly traded to the newly renamed Pelicans right after the NBA Draft. Five days earlier, he married longtime girlfriend and […]

A conversation with tennis legend Michael Chang

posted by Chad Bonham

With the 2013 U.S. Open heading into its final weekend, it seems appropriate to check in with one of America’s great tennis champions. It’s been a decade since Michael Chang competed amongst tennis’ elite, but his impact on the sport […]

Missy Franklin wins six gold medals at swimming World Championships

posted by Chad Bonham

Over the weekend in Barcelona, Spain, at the swimming World Championships, 18-year old Missy Franklin entered into some elite company. Franklin joined Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz, Ian Thorpe and Kristin Otto to become the fifth swimmer to win six gold […]

WNBA veteran Tiffany Jackson-Jones talks about being “Created For Greatness”

posted by Chad Bonham

Tulsa Shock forward Tiffany Jackson-Jones has steadily become one of the WNBA’s most valuable role players. Her impressive credentials include WBCA All-America honors at Duncanville (TX) High School, ESPN.com’s college Freshman of the Year award at Texas and National All-America […]

WNBA All-Star Tamika Catchings talks about being “Created For Greatness”

posted by Chad Bonham

Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings knows a little something about greatness. She was an All-American at the University of Tennessee and part of an NCAA championship under the guidance of legendary head coach Pat Summitt. Catchings has also won three […]

A conversation with NFL champion tight end Billy Bajema

posted by Chad Bonham

Going into the 2012 season, veteran tight end Billy Bajema didn’t know if he was going to make an NFL roster. But some injuries opened the door for him to join the Baltimore Ravens. As it turned out, barely making […]

A conversation with NASCAR Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett

posted by Chad Bonham

In NASCAR’s rough and tumble era of the 1950s and 1960s, Hall of Fame inductee Ned Jarrett stood out due to his understated personality and polite demeanor. Perhaps that’s why the media often referred to him as “Gentlemen Ned” and […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Sam Hornish Jr.

posted by Chad Bonham

The Nationwide Series isn’t the exact place Sam Hornish Jr., wanted to be for the 2013 season, but you won’t ever hear the Defiance, Ohio, native complain. As a former Indy Car champion and Indianapolis 500 winner, Hornish Jr., is […]

A conversation with Minnesota Wild center Matt Cullen

posted by Chad Bonham

With the NHL Playoffs in full swing, Minnesota Wild center Matt Cullen is feeling right at home. In 16 seasons, Cullen has enjoyed several postseason runs including his 2006 sting with the Carolina Panthers that resulted in the city’s only […]

A conversation with five-time NBA champion Derek Fisher

posted by Chad Bonham

Derek Fisher has never been named to an NBA All-Star team or won any major individual awards. But he has still been one of the most valuable role players to take the court over the past 17 seasons. With five […]

A conversation with NASCAR broadcaster Andy Petree

posted by Chad Bonham

Andy Petree has experienced NASCAR at just about every level—as a driver, crewmember, crew chief, car owner and most recently as an analyst for ESPN. Some might find it strange that he walked away from one of the greatest race […]

A conversation with NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison

posted by Chad Bonham

Bobby Allison’s Hall of Fame career was full of incredible highs like his three Daytona 500 victories and his 1983 Winston (now Sprint) Cup championship. But many still remember Allison for the tragic lows he experienced in 1992 when he […]

Kevin Streelman wins first PGA Tour event in Tampa

posted by Chad Bonham

Kevin Streelman has been plugging away for the past 12 years on various golf circuits including the last five on the PGA Tour. So when he was in contention to win the Tampa Bay Championship this past weekend, Streelman relied […]

Sam Hornish Jr. wins Nationwide race in Las Vegas, maintains points lead

posted by Chad Bonham

Sam Hornish Jr., didn’t realize until the morning of the race that the Nationwide Series race in Las Vegas was called the Sam’s Town 300. Although Hornish isn’t a gambling man, it turns out that betting on him to win […]

A conversation with Carolina Hurricanes goalie Dan Ellis

posted by Chad Bonham

Carolina Hurricanes goalie Dan Ellis knows a little some about faith. He’s had to rely strongly on his faith in God during an up and down NHL career that has included playing for five different teams, enduring two lockouts and […]

A conversation with Phoenix Suns center Luke Zeller

posted by Chad Bonham

When the 2013-14 NBA season rolls around, there’s a very good chance that the Zeller brothers will make league history. That’s because youngest brother Cody, although just a sophomore at Indiana, is considered to be good enough to be selected […]

The Inspiring Athletes Super Bowl XLVII Preview

posted by Chad Bonham

With the Super Bowl XLVII later this week in New Orleans, it’s always interesting to check out some of the more interesting story lines that emerge from both teams. But in this year’s championship game, history will be made when, […]

Super Bowl Breakfast webcast offers unique ministry opportunities

posted by Chad Bonham

On February 1st, Athletes in Action will host its annual Super Bowl Breakfast. This year’s event will feature Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, Pro Football Hall of Fame and Green Bay Packers legendary quarterback Bart Starr, former San Francisco […]

Baltimore Ravens tight end Billy Bajema shares his favorite Bible verse

posted by Chad Bonham

Baltimore Ravens tight end Billy Bajema will be competing in the Super Bowl on February 3rd, but you can bet he won’t forget the importance that prayer has played in his up-and-down NFL journey. Inspiring Athletes had a chance to […]

Inspiring Athletes to give away 50 e-book copies of Life in the Fairway

posted by Chad Bonham

Inspiring Athletes is partnering with New Leaf Publishing Group to give away 50 e-book copies of Life in the Fairway. It couldn’t be much easier to claim your prize. All you need to do is use the comment section of […]

Inspiring Athletes Top Christian Sports Stories of 2012 (1-10)

posted by Chad Bonham

And now we continue with the final installment of the Inspiring Athletes Top Christian Sports Stories of 2012. Today we focus on the Top 10 (in reverse order): #10 Calvin Johnson breaks NFL single-season receiving record They call Calvin Johnson […]

Inspiring Athletes Top Christian Sports Stories of 2012 (11-20)

posted by Chad Bonham

Today, we continue with more from the Top Christian Sports Stories of 2012 featuring numbers 11-20 (in reverse order): #20 Allyson Felix wins three gold medals at London Olympics American sprinter Allyson Felix has been a golden girl at virtually […]

Inspiring Athletes Top Christian Sports Stories of 2012 (#21-30)

posted by Chad Bonham

Another year has passed and the sports world has provided us with yet more intriguing stories. In 2012, we’ve seen everything from record-breaking moments and Olympic memories to breakout performances and surprising free agency moves. Over the next three days, […]

Josh Brown sends Bengals to playoffs with game-winning field goal

posted by Chad Bonham

Three weeks ago, veteran NFL kicker Josh Brown was sitting at home watching the Sunday games from his home. After a solid nine-year career, Brown found himself in the unusual position of not making a roster out of training camp. […]

Inspiring Athletes to release its Top 30 Christian Sports Stories of 2012

posted by Chad Bonham

As the year ends, it’s time again to reflect on the top sports stories that involved Christian athletes. Inspiring Athletes has already selected these 30 stories and ranked them using a very complicated scientific formula. Okay, so it was really […]

A conversation with Washington Redskins lineman Chris Chester

posted by Chad Bonham

In his seven NFL seasons, Washington Redskins center Chris Chester has experienced the highs of a playoff run (during four seasons with Baltimore) and the lows of playing for a struggling franchise (during the 2010 and 2011 seasons with Washington). […]

A conversation with New York Giants defensive back Prince Amukamara

posted by Chad Bonham

Ask anyone that knows Prince Amukamara well and they’ll all likely agree with this statement: What you see is what you get. In other words, there’s not a pretentious bone in the body of this descendent of Nigerian royalty. Now […]

A conversation with New York Giants kicker Josh Brown

posted by Chad Bonham

At the start of the 2012 NFL season, Josh Brown found himself in an unusual position. For the first time in 10 years, he wasn’t on a roster despite nine combined years with the St. Louis Rams and the Seattle […]

A conversation with Buffalo Bills defensive end Chris Kelsay

posted by Chad Bonham

In 10 years with the Buffalo Bills, defensive end Chris Kelsay has yet to experience the hype of the NFL Playoffs. Still, the Nebraska native and former Cornhusker star has managed to put together a solid career. And while he […]

Josh Hamilton talks about obedience to God in FCA video

posted by Chad Bonham

My good friends at FCA spoke with Josh Hamilton earlier this fall about his struggle with tobacco use and what he learned about obedience to God. Even though the season is over (and Hamilton is currently a free agent), I […]

A conversation with Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu Jr.

posted by Chad Bonham

It hasn’t been an easy road for Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu Jr. Throughout his career, the explosive athlete has been forced to overcome nagging injuries en route to his dream job in the NFL. Helu Jr., in fact, […]

A conversation with New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte

posted by Chad Bonham

Heading into the 2012 Major League Baseball playoffs, Andy Pettitte holds the Major record for most post-season starts (42), innings pitched (263) and wins (19). And while the Yankees lefty isn’t considered a lock for the Hall of Fame, one […]

Inspiring Athletes 2012 Major League Playoffs Preview

posted by Chad Bonham

For a self-avowed baseball junkie, October is always the most wonderful time of the year. Even with my favorite team in the cellar for a second year in a row, it’s hard not to get excited about the 2012 Major […]

A conversation with New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi

posted by Chad Bonham

As a 15-year player and three-time World Series champion, Joe Girardi was known as one of the hardest nosed catchers to get behind the plate. Now, as the manager of the most storied franchise in Major League Baseball history, he […]

A conversation with Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy

posted by Chad Bonham

Gerald McCoy loves to enjoy life and he loves Jesus. Those two things have sometimes been considered mutually exclusive—you can’t love both, just one or the other. But the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle has spent most of his young […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Justin Allgaier and his wife Ashley

posted by Chad Bonham

Justin Allgaier has literally been around racing his whole life. He caught the bug from his father Mike who worked with various teams due to his involvement with Hoosier Tire Distributors. By the time Allgaier was just five years old, […]

A conversation with Cleveland Browns safety Eric Hagg

posted by Chad Bonham

At the University of Nebraska, Eric Hagg initially thought he was going there to play football. But what he didn’t realize was how much his life would change away from the game. Through the influence of Fellowship of Christian Athletes […]

A conversation with two-time Masters champion Bernhard Langer

posted by Chad Bonham

Bernhard Langer is one of golf’s true legendary figures. With two Masters titles, 85 professional wins and the 2004 Ryder Cup championship as the European team captain to his name, it’s not difficult to understand why he was named to […]

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright talks about his love of golf, quest for integrity

posted by Chad Bonham

Adam Wainwright has made a nice living striking out Major League hitters and keeping zeroes on the opponents’ scoreboards. But as his young daughters get old enough to explore the world of competitive sports on their own, the St. Louis […]

PGA golfers featured in new book Life in the Fairway

posted by Chad Bonham

My writing career began about 22 years ago. I was entering my second semester as a freshman at the University of Tulsa when the sports editor at The Collegian asked me if I’d like to write some stories for the […]

The 2012 Inspiring Athletes Summer Olympics Review

posted by Chad Bonham

In what will likely go down in broadcasting history as the most watched Olympics of all-time, the 2012 London Games offered all of the drama, disappointment and downright awe-inspiring moments that we’ve come to expect. Here are just a few […]

Tamika Catchings, U.S. women go undefeated to take Olympic basketball gold

posted by Chad Bonham

With so much attention going to the U.S. men’s basketball team, it was almost a little too easy to overlook the dominance displayed by the American women. Team USA put any doubts to rest with an 86-50 victory over France […]

David Boudia shocks the diving world with Olympic gold medal in 10-meter platform

posted by Chad Bonham

David Boudia shocked the diving community with an Olympic gold medal performance in the 10-meter platform event. His score of 568.65 was good enough for U.S. Diving’s first Olympic gold since Greg Louganis won his second consecutive title at the […]

Tobin Heath, Lauren Cheney and US women’s soccer team capture Olympic gold

posted by Chad Bonham

Tobin Heath and Lauren Cheney were among the women’s soccer players from 2008 to capture Olympic gold once again. After narrowly defeating Canada in double overtime (4-3), the Americans shot out to a 2-0 lead and staved off a scurried […]

Allyson Felix leads dominant USA track and field team with 200-meter gold

posted by Chad Bonham

Wednesday was a watershed day for the U.S. Track and Field team. In four medal events, the Americans won seven of the possible 12 medals including three golds. Team USA was led by Allyson Felix who overpowered the competition in […]

U.S. Olympian Dawn Harper takes silver in spectacular 100-meter hurdles final

posted by Chad Bonham

Dawn Harper shocked the world with a gold medal in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Still, she entered the 2012 Games with minimal hype for a defending champion. Much of the attention in the U.S., was still […]

Missy Franklin closes out inaugural Olympic experience with medley relay gold

posted by Chad Bonham

Missy Franklin closed out her stellar Olympic debut by swimming the backstroke leg for Team USA’s world-record gold-medal performance (3:52.05) in the 4×100-meter medley relay. Franklin was joined on the podium by teammates Allison Schmitt (freestyle), Rebecca Soni (breaststroke) and […]

Kendrick Farris posts second career top 10 finish in Olympic weightlifting competition

posted by Chad Bonham

Kendrick Farris didn’t score quite high enough to earn a spot on the medal podium, but that didn’t stop the Shreveport, La., weightlifter from enjoying his second career top 10 finish at the Olympics. In Bejing, Farris placed seventh. In […]

Missy Franklin wins Olympic swimming gold in 100-meter backstroke

posted by Chad Bonham

Competing in the second of her seven total events, 17-year old swimming phenom Missy Franklin lived up to the hype with a gold medal performance in the 100-meter backstroke (breaking her own American record). She had already collected a bronze […]

David Boudia collects Olympic diving bronze in 10m Platform Synchro event

posted by Chad Bonham

In his first of two events, David Boudia joined teammate Nick McCrory for a late comeback to earn bronze in the 10 meter platform synchro event. It was Boudia’s first career Olympic medal after coming home from Beijing empty handed […]

Brady Ellison leads USA Archery to Olympic team silver

posted by Chad Bonham

In one of the early surprises at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Brady Ellison and his USA Archery teammates to a silver medal performance in the Team event. The big shock came in the semifinals when the Americans knocked off gold […]

The Inspiring Athletes 2012 Summer Olympics Preview

posted by Chad Bonham

If you’re an Olympics junkie like me, you’ll probably be spending the next 17 days (July 27 – August 12) watching wall-to-wall coverage from London on NBC and its various affiliate cable outlets. And while there’s plenty of opportunity to […]

U.S. Women’s Soccer Team opens with 4-2 victory against France

posted by Chad Bonham

The Opening Ceremonies aren’t until Friday, but women’s soccer got started today at the Summer Olympics. In Glasgow, Scotland, the U.S. Women’s Team kicked off its defense of the 2008 gold medal with a 4-2 victory against France. The Americans […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympic gold medalist Ruth Riley

posted by Chad Bonham

Ruth Riley won’t be a member of the U.S. Women’s Basketball Team at the Olympics in London this year, but watching some of her close friends and former teammates (i.e. Tamika Catchings, Sue Bird, Swin Cash and Diane Taurasi) from […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympic gold medalist Shannon Miller

posted by Chad Bonham

She was the de facto leader of the “Magnificent Seven,” the 1996 U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team that won the first gold medal in the Team Competition. And with a combined 21 medals from the Olympics, World Championships and Pan […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympic bronze medalist Dave Johnson

posted by Chad Bonham

Heading into the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Dave Johnson had a plan. After finishing ninth at the 1988 Games in Seoul, the decathlete continued to move up the ranks and was considered the odds on favorite to win gold. […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympic gold medalist Bryan Clay

posted by Chad Bonham

Until 2008, only five American men had won the Olympic gold medal in the iconic decathlon event: Jim Thorpe (1912), Bob Mathias (1948 and 1952), Rafer Johnson (1960), Bruce Jenner (1976) and Dan O’Brien (1996). That all changed four years […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympic gold medalist diver David Boudia

posted by Chad Bonham

David Boudia (pronounced boh-DIE-uh) qualified for his first international diving competition at the age of 15 and hasn’t looked back since. But at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Boudia failed to win a medal in both the individual and synchro […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympic gold medalist Dawn Harper

posted by Chad Bonham

Growing up in a rough East Saint Louis neighborhood, Dawn Harper knows something about overcoming the odds. But her natural leaping ability and speed put her on the proverbial fast track to follow in the footsteps of another hometown hero—Jackie […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Jonathan Horton

posted by Chad Bonham

For the past 10 years, Jonathan Horton has been a steady force within the international gymnastics community. Horton has collected seven gold medals at the U.S. National Championships, three gold medals at the World Cup and he brought home a […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Lauren Cheney

posted by Chad Bonham

Lauren Cheney has experienced the indescribable high of 2008 Olympic gold, the devastating low of falling short at the 2011 World Cup and everything in between. That wide range of emotion has both tested and strengthened her relationship with God. […]

A conversation with skateboarding legend Christian Hosoi

posted by Chad Bonham

Before there was the X-Games, there was Christian Hosoi. If you don’t understand the cultural relevance of that statement, just ask some of his skateboarding contemporaries like Tony Hawk, who once stated that Hosoi skated “in a way you wished […]

A conversation with WNBA, Tulsa Shock center Courtney Paris

posted by Chad Bonham

At the University of Oklahoma, Courtney Paris was one of the most dominant women’s basketball players this side of the 21st Century. She was the first freshman to be named to the AP All-American team (2006) and ultimately became the […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Jesse Williams

posted by Chad Bonham

In 1984, Jesse Williams went to his first Summer Games. It was a memorable moment for many aspiring American athletes who were able to watch the world’s greatest competitors go head-to-head in their proverbial backyard. Forgive Williams if he doesn’t […]

A conversation with WNBA, Tulsa Shock point guard Temeka Johnson

posted by Chad Bonham

Temeka Johnson has spent most of her life as an underdog. The 5-3 point guard from New Orleans, however, fought through nagging misperceptions that she wasn’t tall enough to play big time college basketball much less make it to the […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Brady Ellison

posted by Chad Bonham

To the average onlooker, archery might seem to be one of the most tedious if not strenuous sports at the Summer Olympics. But to Arizona native Brady Ellison, pulling back the string and aiming at a target roughly 75 yards […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Tamika Catchings

posted by Chad Bonham

It’s no wonder that Tamika Catchings is one of the WNBA’s most popular players. She’s accessible to the fans, she’s active in the community, she plays with as much heart as any athlete to ever step foot on the court, […]

Mike Edwards wins second NHRA race of 2012 season at Bristol

posted by Chad Bonham

Mike Edwards won his second NHRA race of the season and extended his winning streak at Bristol to four. With a near perfect .005-second light and his 6.674-second pass was enough to hold off Allen Johnson’s Dodge Avenger, which clocked […]

Webb Simpson captures 2012 U.S. Open, first career major

posted by Chad Bonham

Webb Simpson charged from the back of the pack to overtake leaders Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell and win his first career PGA major at the 112th U.S. Open in San Francisco, Calif. His two under par performance on a […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Kendrick Farris

posted by Chad Bonham

Like most Olympians, Kendrick Farris had an epiphany—that moment in time when it all clicks and dreams come into crystal clear focus. But for Farris, it wasn’t while training in the gym, lifting in a competition or getting a pep […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Missy Franklin

posted by Chad Bonham

Words like “prodigy” and “phenom” get thrown around a lot when discussing young athletes, but in Missy Franklin’s case, those descriptive monikers can be legitimately used. Franklin started swimming at the age of five and by the age of 16 […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Hunter Kemper

posted by Chad Bonham

It might not sound like much fun to the average non-athlete type out there, but for the tri-athlete, a mile-long swim in choppy waters, a 25-mile bike ride along a hilly path and a six-mile run on worn out legs […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Tobin Heath

posted by Chad Bonham

She may not have the historical name recognition of Mia Hamm or the star du jour status of Abby Wambach, but ask anyone in the know and they’ll tell you that Tobin Heath is a significant contributor to the U.S. […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Ryan Hall

posted by Chad Bonham

When Ryan Hall travels to London this summer, he’ll be making his second appearance at the Olympic Games. This time, however, he’ll be doing so with four valuable years of experience as a rising star within the long distance running […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Kevin Durant

posted by Chad Bonham

Kevin Durant isn’t looking ahead to the 2012 Summer Games in London. He’s a little busy right now leading the Oklahoma City Thunder through the NBA Playoffs. But in a matter of weeks, the NBA scoring champ will be getting […]

Olympians share faith in upcoming Inspiring Athletes series

posted by Chad Bonham

Starting next Tuesday (May 29th), Inspiring Athletes will launch a 20-part series that will feature 16 Olympic hopefuls, three Olympic legends and a special 2012 Summer Olympics preview. This special series will lead up to the London Games that kicks […]

ESPN shares touching story of Blake Griffin and his best friend Wilson Holloway

posted by Chad Bonham

Blake Griffin might be an NBA superstar now, but he will never forget his best friend Wilson Holloway. The two became close while playing basketball at Oklahoma Christian School and that bond grew even deeper as Holloway struggled (and eventually […]

Auburn coach Gene Chizik accompanies several players on mission trip to Liberia

posted by Chad Bonham

Earlier this month, Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik traveled to Liberia on a mission trip and was joined by team chaplain Chette Williams and student-athletes Clint Moseley, Emory Blake, Daren Bates, John Sullen, Dee Ford, Kenneth Carter and T’Sharvan […]

Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher talks about trust

posted by Chad Bonham

Last year, I posted an interview with Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher (and husband of country music superstar Carrie Underwood) who was promoting the biography Defender of Faith. More recently, I had the chance to talk to Fisher again–this time […]

NASCAR driver Blake Koch’s ad turned down by ESPN due to “political and religious overtones”

posted by Chad Bonham

Click on the link below for a video that highlights a story about Blake Koch’s ad being turned down by ESPN. Very curious as to why his Christian-themed website is impacting the ad’s acceptance (which by the way, has zero […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Joe Nemechek

posted by Chad Bonham

Throughout the 1990s and much of the early 2000s, Joe Nemechek had a reputation for qualifying near the front that earned him the nickname “Front Row Joe.” Since debuting in the Nationwide (then Busch) Series in 1990, he has won […]

Peyton Manning signs with Denver, Tim Tebow traded to New York Jets

posted by Chad Bonham

In a strange twist to the Peyton Manning saga, the future Hall of Fame quarterback has reportedly signed with the Denver Broncos. Denver was rumored as a possible destination for Manning but many believed he would land somewhere else–say in […]

Olympic athletes featured in new book Glory of the Games

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Ask just about any elite athlete what it takes to reach the highest level of competition and you’ll probably hear words such as “determination,” “endurance,” “focus,” “passion,” “patience” and “self-discipline.” But in […]

Andy Pettitte signs one-year deal with Yankees

posted by Chad Bonham

I’ve had the privilege of getting to know Andy Pettitte through various FCA related projects and occasional communication here and there. One thing I was certain of was the retired Yankees pitcher’s desire to stay retired. Last I heard from […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver David Reutimann

posted by Chad Bonham

Unless you’re an avid racing fan, you might not be able to randomly identify David Reutimann as a NASCAR veteran. On the surface, he comes off like an average guy from Florida’s central Gulf Coast. But behind whatever fire suit […]

Mike Edwards picks up first win of 2012 NHRA Pro Stock season

posted by Chad Bonham

Mike Edwards took home the top prize at the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., Monday morning after the finals were rained out on Sunday afternoon. Edwards defeated Greg Anderson thanks to a near perfect reaction time of 0.003. […]

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. nabs first 2012 Nationwide Series victory in Las Vegas

posted by Chad Bonham

Defending Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr., picked up his first victory of the season by holding off legendary driver Mark Martin at the Sam’s Town 300 in Las Vegas. Stenhouse moved up to third in the overall standings after […]

Matt Kenseth takes checkered flag at historic Daytona 500

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! It was a crazy night at the Daytona 500. After rain moved the race to Monday night, the Great American Race featured several high speed wrecks and a bizarre incident that saw […]

Kevin Durant steals thunder at NBA All-Star Game, takes home MVP honors

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share with your friends! Kevin Durant was the only Western Conference starter not from one of Los Angeles’ two teams, but that didn’t stop the Oklahoma City Thunder phenom from making his presence felt at the 2012 […]

Inspiring Athletes previews Daytona 500, 2012 NASCAR season

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! They don’t call it “The Great American Race” for nothing. The Daytona 500 is the equivalent to the NFL’s Super Bowl and Major League Baseball’s World Series except for the curious fact […]

A conversation with NASCAR legend Morgan Shepherd

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! When Morgan Shepherd starts his engine for the Drive4COPD 300 in Daytona next Saturday, he will be kicking off his 45th season as a NASCAR driver and first full season at the […]

A conversation with PGA golfer Kevin Streelman

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Over the past months, Inspiring Athletes has brought you several interviews with some of the biggest names on the PGA Tour. Many of these athletes are participating in a forthcoming book about […]

Darrell Waltrip, Dale Inman and Glen Wood highlight third NASCAR Hall of Fame class

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Today in Charlotte, NC, the NASCAR Hall of Fame will be inducting its third class. Among those five additions to the Hall are championship driver Darrell Waltrip, legendary crew chief Dale Inman […]

A conversation with PGA golfer Stewart Cink

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Over the past months, Inspiring Athletes has brought you several interviews with some of the biggest names on the PGA Tour. Many of these athletes are participating in a forthcoming book about […]

Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla scores 500th career goal

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla scored his 500th career goal Saturday night in a 3-1 victory against the Minnesota Wild. Iginla is just the 42nd NHL player to reach this milestone and […]

A conversation with PGA golfer Jonathan Byrd

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Later this year, New Leaf Publishing will be releasing a book that I’m currently working on called Life in the Fairway. This book will take a look at the game of golf […]

Inspiring Athletes Top 30 Christian Sports Stories of 2011 (#1-10)

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Click “Like” to share this story with your friends! For your New Year’s Eve reading pleasure, Inspiring Athletes presents its final installment of the Top 30 Christian Sports Stories of 2011! #10 Brad Stevens leads Butler to second consecutive appearance […]

Inspiring Athletes Top 30 Christian Sports Stories of 2011 (#11-20)

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! In our continuing series, we look at more of the Top 30 Christian Sports Stories of 2011: #20 Kevin Durant claims second consecutive NBA scoring title If there was any question that […]

Inspiring Athletes Top 30 Christian Sports Stories of 2011 (#21-30)

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this story with your friends! This year has been packed full of crazy sports stories. From lockouts and conference realignment to abuse scandals and unexpected coaching moves, we’ve seen all things tragic, inexplicable and even a […]

Drew Brees breaks Dan Marino’s 27-year old passing yardage record

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! In front of a Monday Night Football audience and a friendly home crowd, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino’s 27-year NFL season passing yardage record. […]

A conversation with Sacramento Kings guard John Salmons

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! As soon as the belated NBA season finally starts on Christmas Day, it will also be the official start of John Salmons’ 10th season. Salmons has been well traveled, spending time in […]

A conversation with U.S. women’s soccer team member Tobin Heath

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! She may not have the historical name recognition of Mia Hamm or the star du jour status of Abby Wambach, but ask anyone in the know and they’ll tell you that Tobin […]

A conversation with Canadian Olympic bobsledder Lyndon Rush

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are just over two years from now, but that doesn’t mean much to the serious group of athletes that already have the goal of reaching […]

David Crowder talks up Baylor’s Heisman winning quarterback Robert Griffin III

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Back in 1995, David Crowder co-founded a groundbreaking ministry in Waco, Texas, called University Baptist Church (UBC). The church was established as a response to a need for relevant outreach to the […]

NBA All-Star Dwight Howard talks about family, faith and destiny

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! It was just over five years ago when I had the opportunity to interview NBA superstar Dwight Howard. At that point, he was in his third season after going straight to the […]

The Best of Inspiring Athletes: NASCAR Edition

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! With the NASCAR season wrapped up for another year, Inspiring Athletes thought it might be a good time to look back at an exciting nine months that saw a number of unpredictable […]

The Best of Inspiring Athletes: PGA Edition

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! There’s still some golf to be played in 2011, but all of the official business concluded earlier this fall. Inspiring Athletes was privileged to bring you some key golf stories along with […]

Webb Simpson shines in U.S. team’s Presidents Cup victory

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Webb Simpson has been having some kind of year. He won his first two career PGA tournaments, finished second in two other and narrowly finished second in both the FedEx Cup and […]

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., closes out NASCAR season with Nationwide Series championship

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Click “Like” to share with your friends! Based on Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s 2010 season, there was really no way to know whether the driver of the #6 Roush Fenway Ford was going to be a contender in 2011 (as he […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver David Gilliland

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! There’s perhaps no better example of a NASCAR driver’s unpredictable career path than Sprint Cup competitor David Gilliland. Since 2005, when he first made the leap from regional racing on the West […]

Webb Simpson, Aaron Baddeley among star-studded Presidents Cup rosters

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Every two years, the best golfers from the United States take on the best golfers from the rest of the world (aka “The International Team”) in a four-day event called The Presidents […]

A conversation with PGA golfer Webb Simpson

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Coming into the 2011 season, fourth-year PGA professional Webb Simpson was not much more than an afterthought in the minds of most golf media members and fans alike. That all changed this […]

Sam Hornish Jr. snags first NASCAR victory in Phoenix

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! It was 10 years ago when Sam Hornish Jr., won an IndyCar race at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). It’s taken a while for the former Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar series champion to […]

A conversation with Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Long before Mike Fisher became famously known as “Carrie Underwood’s husband” (a title he’s no doubt proud to hold), the NHL veteran had earned a well-deserved reputation as one of hockey’s hardest […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Back in October at the fall race in Kansas, I had a chance to meet up with NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who was and still is leading the points […]

Trevor Bayne wins first Nationwide Series race

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! It’s been a crazy year for Trevor Bayne. After shocking the racing world with his record-setting victory at the Daytona 500 back in February, an illness off the track and inconsistency on […]

Mark Martin signs two-year deal with Michael Waltrip Racing

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Veteran NASCAR driver Mark Martin has signed a two-year deal to drive the #00 car for Michael Waltrip Racing starting next season at the Daytona 500. Martin will drive the Aaron’s Toyota […]

Mike Edwards wins fourth NHRA Pro Stock event this season

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Entering the Big O Tires NHRA Nationals, Mike Edwards knew his chance of winning a second Pro Stock championship was gone. That honor was ultimately clinched by fellow competitor Jason Line. But […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Blake Koch

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! If you’re ever looking for Blake Koch amongst a crowded group of his NASCAR peers, just look for the guy with the impossible-to-miss, brighter-than-bright smile. It’s a common sight in the garage […]

Ed Thomas family recalls inspiring story of legendary high school football coach’s life in The Sacred Acre

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! In May of 2008, a devastating tornado hit Parkersburg, Iowa and threatened to destroy the small town’s future. But legendary high school coach Ed Thomas stepped forward and made a proclamation that […]

Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne talks about his wild year

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! It was early October 2010 when I first met Trevor Bayne. He was already a rising star within the NASCAR ranks but a surprising move left him jobless leading up to the […]

Ben Crane outduels Webb Simpson to claim playoff win at the McGladrey Classic

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Webb Simpson is one of several PGA golfers to switch to a belly putter this season. The use of a longer club on the greens has become quite the talk in golf […]

Morgan Shepherd turns 70; NASCAR community chimes in with high praise

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! NASCAR’s Nationwide Series is an interesting collection of drivers and teams. It’s a place for youngsters like Trevor Bayne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Justin Allgaier to gain invaluable experience on their way […]

A conversation with NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Eric McClure

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Eric McClure may not be a household name within the NASCAR fanbase, but his consistently joyful demeanor and blue-collar mentality has made him a popular weekly presence in the Nationwide Series garage. […]

A conversation with PGA golfer Ben Crane

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Next year, New Leaf Publishing will be releasing a book I’m currently writing called Life in the Fairway. It’s about golf, integrity and faith. Much of the book will contain insightful anecdotes […]

Inspiring Athletes previews 2011 MLB Playoffs

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! To quote a classic Christmas song, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” No, I’m not talking about the celebration of our Savior’s birth. I mean, that part of the year […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver and former Indy Car champion Sam Hornish Jr.

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! He won the Indianapolis 500 and two Indy Car championships. Then suddenly, Sam Hornish Jr., decided to follow the likes of Tony Stewart, Casey Mears and Juan Pablo Montoya into the very […]

Inspiring Athletes celebrates 100th post with a special “Writer’s Block” edition

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! WRITER’S BLOCK: The Best of Inspiring Athletes (So Far) I’m sort of an old-school writer trying to survive in the age of social media and fluid technological advancement. The social media thing […]

Tamika Catchings captures first WNBA MVP Award

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Click “Like” to share this with friends! In 10 stellar seasons with the Indiana Fever, Tamika Catchings has claimed most major honors with two exceptions. She can now cross WNBA Most Valuable Player off the list, the league announced today. […]

New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson on the responsibility of a Christian athlete

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! LaDainian Tomlinson is arguably one of the greatest running backs to play the game. And even though the veteran isn’t racking up yards and touchdowns like he used to, the New York […]

Tamika Catchings, Ruth Riley among stars featured in WNBA playoffs

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Click “Like” to share with your friends! There’s the regular season and then there’s the playoffs. San Antonio Silver Stars forward Ruth Riley knows a little about that. As a member of the Detroit Shock, she was a key member […]

WNBA star Ruth Riley prepares for the 2011 playoffs

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Tonight marks the start of the 2011 WNBA Playoffs. Tomorrow night will be the first game between Western Conference opponents (1) Minnesota and (4) San Antonio. Following the Silver Stars final game […]

A conversation with WNBA star and Olympic gold medalist DeLisha Milton-Jones

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Known for her 84-inch wingspan (normally that of a seven-footer, not someone who is 6-1), DeLisha Milton-Jones uses her disarming personality and her anatomical aberration to its full advantage. She has won […]

Matt Kenseth among NASCAR’s “Chase for the Sprint Cup” contenders

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Following last night’s Wonderful Pistachios 400 in Richmond, the 12 drivers eligible to win NASCAR’s coveted Sprint Cup were finally set in stone. Familiar names like five-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson, former […]

A conversation with San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt

posted by Chad Bonham

Jeremy Affeldt has experienced the struggles of playing for a small market team (Kansas City) and the joys of playing for a World Series championship team (San Francisco). But the relief pitcher says there’s nothing he can’t handle as long […]

A video interview with WNBA star and Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings

posted by Chad Bonham

A few weeks ago I posted an interview with WNBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings. Since then, I’ve had the chance to sit down with Catchings in person and I was able to capture that conversation on […]

A conversation with NASCAR Cup champion Bobby Labonte

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! There’s no question, Bobby Labonte has earned his place as one of NASCAR’s modern day giants. He’s the only driver to have won both the Sprint Cup (in 2000, then sponsored by […]

A conversation with NASCAR champion Matt Kenseth and his wife Katie

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Don’t confuse Matt Kenseth’s mild-mannered demeanor for a lack of passion. The former Cup Series champion (2003) and Daytona 500 winner (2009) has a smoldering fire in the belly that has fueled […]

A conversation with Minnesota Twins pitcher Matt Capps

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! As a reliever for the Minnesota Twins, Matt Capps has faced every emotion imaginable from the thrill of a game-ending strikeout to the agony of a blown save after giving up a […]

Inspiring Athletes presents a super summer giveaway from Sports Spectrum!

posted by Chad Bonham

Inspiring Athletes is going to begin a series of giveaways and to kick things off, we’ve partnered with Sports Spectrum magazine to give away some great prizes. We will randomly select five of our readers to receive a one-year subscription […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Michael McDowell

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! He’s not necessarily one of NASCAR’s household names, but Michael McDowell isn’t letting that keep him from pursuing his dream of becoming a mainstay within the sport. Although most well-known for his […]

A conversation with Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts

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Click “like” to share this with your friends! Brian Roberts first accepted Christ as a 12-year old at a church revival, but it was his freshman year in college while on Christmas break when A.C. Green’s autobiography (a gift from […]

A conversation with PGA golfer Aaron Baddeley

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Caught somewhere between the young guns (i.e. Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, etc.) and the old guard (i.e. Vijay Singh, Tom Lehman, etc.), Aaron Baddeley, age 30, has experienced all of the highs […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Casey Mears

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! With an uncle like four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears and a dad like Roger Mears who had successful runs in the open wheel and off-road circuits, most might assume that Casey […]

Ben Crane, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson are “Golf Boys” (video)

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Golf is a serious game. Well, most of the time. I interviewed Rickie Fowler at the Crowne Plaza Invitational in May and he was pretty serious. I interviewed Ben Crane this week […]

A conversation with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colt McCoy (video)

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Colt McCoy wasn’t supposed to play much, if any, during his rookie NFL season. But injuries to the other Cleveland Browns quarterbacks forced the Texas native into action and in the process […]

A conversation with NASCAR analyst and former driver Kyle Petty (Part 2)

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! In part two of the Inspiring Athletes interview with Kyle Petty, the former driver turned analyst talks about the strength of his family, the giving nature of NASCAR and how faith impacts […]

A conversation with NASCAR analyst and former driver Kyle Petty (Part 1)

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Kyle Petty has been away from full-time racing since 2008, but during the time since he’s found a comfortable role as an analyst for SPEED, NASCAR.com and TNT’s summer race coverage. As a driver and now a member of the […]

A conversation with AMA Motocross racer Andrew Short

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Since 2002, Andrew Short has been a mainstay on both the AMA Motorcross and FIM Supercross series. Here’s what Short had to say about his faith, fighting performance anxiety and lessons he’s learned from the Bible: Chad Bonham: How did […]

Albert Pujols registers 2,000th hit in Cardinals win over the Cubs

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! St. Louis Cardinals first baseman hit another career milestone tonight when he tallied his 2,000th career hit in a 9-2 victory against N.L. Central division rival Chicago Cubs. Pujols already has over […]

A conversation with Auburn national championship football coach Gene Chizik (Part 2)

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! In part two of the Inspiring Athletes interview with Gene Chizik, the Auburn head football coach talks about the importance of family, what he expects out of the 2011 season and what […]

A conversation with Auburn national championship football coach Gene Chizik (Part 1)

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! No one had Auburn on top of the 2010 preseason college football rankings. But by the end of the season, everyone did. For head coach Gene Chizik, it was an incredible year […]

Mike Edwards snags third NHRA Pro Stock win of the season

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Mike Edwards won his third event of the NHRA Pro Stock season (and 31st of his career) at the Mopar Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway near Denver, Colo., by defeating Allen […]

NASCAR legend Mark Martin talks about respect, composure and faith

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends Mark Martin is leaving full-time racing at the end of this year. He hasn’t said yet whether he’ll maintain a part-time schedule or perhaps make some occasional appearances in high profile events. […]

Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade gets job offer from KFC

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends In light of the NBA lockout, Dwyane Wade sent out a tongue-in-cheek Tweet to his fans asking for job suggestions. At least one potential employer took him seriously. CBSSportsline.com posted a portion […]

Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade talks about faith and finances

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Dwyane Wade has NBA MVP talent. He’s also experienced his share of NBA problems. In 2008, Wade went through a nasty divorce with his wife and mother of his two children. He […]

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard gets dunked (video)

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Back in 2006, I interviewed Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard by phone. He was on the team plane at the time waiting to head on a road trip. The interview was for a New Man magazine cover story. Roughly a […]

The Best of Inspiring Athletes: MLB Edition

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! With the All-Star Game a few days away, I thought it might be a good time to catch you up on some of the baseball interviews you may have missed these past […]

A conversation with Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne

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In the blink of an eye, Trevor Bayne went from rising Nationwide star with no sponsorship to youngest Daytona 500 champion in NASCAR history. Since then, he’s dealt with an unidentified illness caused by an insect bite that forced him […]

New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira on God’s forgiveness

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Click “Like” to share with friends! On June 30, 2011, New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira joined an elite group by hitting his 300th career home run in a 5-0 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers. Only 130 other MLB […]

The Inspirational Sports Report: Lance Berkman, Josh Hamilton highlight All-Star teams; Ragan wins first Sprint Cup race

posted by Chad Bonham

Hit “Like” to share with your friends! Happy Fourth of July to all the Inspiring Athletes readers out there! I trust you are having a blessed and safe holiday weekend with your friends and family. There was plenty of sports […]

Rickie Fowler knocks down blind hole-in-one in DC

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So Rickie Fowler didn’t come up with his first PGA win at the AT&T National today. In fact, his fourth round 74 dropped him from first down to 13th in the final standings. But the rising star did do something […]

David Ragan gets first career Sprint Cup victory at Coke Zero 400 in Daytona

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends It’s been a long four and half years for David Ragan. He took over for the legendary Mark Martin at Roush-Fenway Racing in the #6 car but despite several close calls (including […]

NASCAR driver David Ragan on his foundation of faith

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! He’s not your typical, brash young gun that NASCAR has become accustomed to of late, but that doesn’t mean David Ragan is devoid of passion for the sport or a desire to […]

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira slams 300th career home run

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Hit “Like” to share this with your friends! New York Yankees first baseman hit his 300th career home run today in a 5-0 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers. Check out the milestone bomb by clicking here. Teixeira has 25 homers […]

Kevin Durant dunks his own alley-oop

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Hit “Like” to share this with your friends! SPECIAL REPORT: Kevin Durant dunks his own alley-oop Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant isn’t stressing out about a potential NBA lockout. He’s having too much fun participating in multiple camps this […]

Dwight Howard bowls for charity

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Hit “Like” to share this with your friends! GOOD WORKS WEDNESDAY: Dwight Howard bowls for charity Last weekend, Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard hosted a bowling event to raise funds for his new charitable group, the D12 Foundation. When asked […]

NHRA Pro Stock champion Mike Edwards on winning, close calls and Young Life

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Hit “Like” to share this with your friends! TUESDAY CONVERSATION: NHRA Pro Stock Driver Mike Edwards on winning, close calls and Young Life. NHRA Pro Stock driver Mike Edwards started chasing a dream back over 30 years ago, but somewhere […]

The Inspirational Sports Report: Allyson Felix and Jesse Williams among USTAF winners

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Hit “Like” to share with your friends! Felix and Williams win at U.S. Track & Field Championships; Simpson also qualifies for World team At the U.S. Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., this weekend, Allyson Felix won the women’s […]

Bayne, Catchings, Clark and Durant headline 2011 ESPYS nominations

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Click “like” to share this with your friends! ESPN announced its nominees for the 2011 ESPYS on Friday and several are familiar names to Inspiring Athletes: Trevor Bayne (Best Moment) Bayne was nominated for his record-breaking performance as the youngest […]

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Torii Hunter on how his faith helps him set a good example

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Hit “Like” to share with your friends! FRIDAY FEATURE: Torii Hunter Often referred to as “Spiderman” by fans and in the media, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Torii Hunter has legitimately earned the superhero nickname for his uncanny ability to climb […]

Former MLB infielder and World Series champion Jay Bell on spiritual epiphanies, the dangers of the performance mentality and the importance of humility

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Hit “Like” to share with your friends! THROWBACK THURSDAY: Jay Bell When you hear conversations about former Major League infielder Jay Bell, words like “steady,” “consistent” and “solid” are often thrown around. He wasn’t the flashiest player to grace the […]

A conversation with NHL All-Star Jarome Iginla

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Click “Like” to share with your friends! In 14 seasons, Iginla has appeared in six All-Star Games, led the league in scoring once and set Calgary records for goals, points and games played. On the ice, he’s also known as […]

Inspiring Athletes: A look back at some things you may have missed

posted by Chad Bonham

In case you’ve missed anything these past few weeks, Inspiring Athletes has been bringing you some pretty amazing interviews with athletes and coaches from across the sports world including some fairly significant high-profile names. A quick way to catch up […]

Trevor Bayne still the same after Daytona victory

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Hit “Like” to share with your friends! SPECIAL REPORT: Trevor Bayne It was just last October when Michael Waltrip Racing dropped 19-year old Nationwide Series driver Trevor Bayne over sponsorship issues. Even though Bayne was ranked seventh in points and […]

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Matt Diaz on eternal perspective, evangelism and giving it everything he’s got

posted by Chad Bonham

EDITOR’S NOTE: Since this interview was originally posted, Diaz has returned to the Atlanta Braves. Somehow, you’d think having just under a .300 career batting average might qualify a Major League player for superstar status. But somehow, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder […]

Danny Wuerffel fights rare autoimmune disease

posted by Chad Bonham

For a lot of reasons, I was hit particularly hard upon hearing the recent news that Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback Danny Wuerffel is fighting Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a rare autoimmune disorder that causes paralysis. You can read more […]

The Inspirational Sports Report: Waltrip gets into NASCAR’s HOF, Edwards nabs Pro Stock victory in Bristol and Thomas leads Bruins to the Cup

posted by Chad Bonham

It was another busy week of sports that started with the Mavericks’ defeat of the All-Star stacked Miami Heat for the NBA title and ended with Northern Irish phenom Rory McIlroy destroying the PGA field at the Congressional and becoming […]

A conversation with Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle

posted by Chad Bonham

Clint Hurdle is doing something no one has done in quite a while. He’s turning the Pittsburgh Pirates into winners—well, at least half the time. Under Hurdle’s first-year leadership, the Pirates have been flirting with .500 throughout the first two […]

Miami Dolphins receiver Davone Bess on his recent trip to Costa Rica, God’s purpose for his life and The Bess Route Foundation

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Hit “Like” to share with your friends! GOOD WORKS WEDNESDAY: Davone Bess When Davone Bess traveled to Costa Rica last month, it was the culmination of an unusually harrowing journey. Bess was raised by a single mother in Oakland and […]

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zach Duke on how faith impacts every facet of his life

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Since this interview was originally released, Zach Duke has become a member of the Washington Nationals. Starting pitcher Zach Duke is in his first season with Arizona and seventh overall. After dealing with a broken hand that kept […]

The Inspirational Sports Report: Berkman continues hot streak, Lewis shows his softer side and Howard helps out in Alabama

posted by Chad Bonham

Lance Berkman experiences a renaissance in St. Louis After spending most of his career in Houston (where he is still revered), Lance Berkman headed to New York for a half-season stint with the Yankees in 2010 before signing a free […]

NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Justin Allgaier on starting young, marrying his childhood sweetheart and dealing with the dangers of stock car racing

posted by Chad Bonham

FRIDAY FEATURE: Justin Allgaier Justin Allgaier turned 25 earlier this week but he doesn’t look a day over 16. Maybe that’s why uninformed onlookers might be surprised to see the baby-faced NASCAR driving strapping into his #31 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet […]

A conversation with former All-Star and World Series champion pitcher Andy Pettitte

posted by Chad Bonham

Hit “Like” to share with your friends! There’s something missing in New York–at least every five days or so. It’s the recognizable gait of retired Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte as he trots from the warmup bullpen to the mound for […]

McCutchen’s extra inning blast pulls Pirates to .500

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Pittsburgh outfielder Andrew McCutchen is best known for his speed on the bases and play-making ability in the outfield. So perhaps that’s why he was one of the last Pirates you’d expect to end last night’s 12-inning 3-2 win against […]

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Aaron Kampman on his faith, his recent trip to El Salvador and the NFL lockout

posted by Chad Bonham

GOOD WORKS WEDNESDAY: Aaron Kampman Aaron Kampman has a message for his fellow NFL athletes: Prepare for life after football. But Kampman isn’t necessarily talking about things like savings, financial porfolios or career training. Instead, the two-time Pro Bowl defensive […]

Minnesota Twins outfielder Denard Span on faith, community and the life of Christ

posted by Chad Bonham

TUESDAY CONVERSATION: Denard Span Denard Span is one of baseball’s rising stars. In his fourth Major League season, he anchors Minnesota’s defense in center field and has made some flashy defensive plays to back it up. Span is also one […]

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