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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 legendary Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden

posted by Chad Bonham

In his 44 years as a head football coach, Bobby Bowden compiled 377 wins (second most all-time) and two national championships (1993 and 1999). But Bowden is just as known for his Southern charm and outspoken Christian beliefs. In this […]

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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 […]

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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 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. […]

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 […]

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 legendary Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne

posted by Chad Bonham

Back in March, I was privileged to interview Tom Osborne for the third time in the past four years. The previous two interviews were for Fellowship of Christian Athletes projects, but this most recent conversation was for a new book […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

posted by Chad Bonham

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 (#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

posted by Chad Bonham

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. […]

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

posted by Chad Bonham

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 […]

Nebraska assistant Ron Brown leads powerful pregame prayer at Penn State

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this to your friends! Over the weekend, the spectacle that is college football provided millions of fans with countless thrills, breathtaking plays, last-second heroics and memorable moments that will live on for years to come. But […]

Kansas City Chiefs center Casey Wiegmann talks about Coach Ed Thomas and The Sacred Acre

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! In the New York Times bestseller The Sacred Acre, the Ed Thomas Family (along with author Mark Tabb) courageously tells the amazing story of high school football coach Ed Thomas’ life and […]

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

posted by Chad Bonham

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 […]

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

posted by Chad Bonham

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 […]

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

posted by Chad Bonham

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 […]

Football film The 5th Quarter releases today on Blu-ray and DVD

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! The feature film The 5th Quarter releases today on Blu-ray and DVD through Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. The football movie tells the true story of Abbate family and how the tragic […]

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 San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colt McCoy (video)

posted by Chad Bonham

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 Auburn national championship football coach Gene Chizik (Part 2)

posted by Chad Bonham

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)

posted by Chad Bonham

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 […]

Previous Posts

A conversation with Sprint Cup driver Austin Dillon
He might be barely into his mid-20s, but Sprint Cup driver Austin Dillon ha

posted 4:11:00pm Feb. 18, 2015 | read full post »

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

posted 5:15:43pm Dec. 01, 2014 | read full post »

A conversation with NASCAR driver David Starr
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 b

posted 6:00:28pm Nov. 11, 2014 | read full post »

A conversation with NASCAR driver Tanner Berryhill
The state of Oklahoma is known for its powerhouse foo

posted 1:00:16pm Nov. 01, 2014 | read full post »

A conversation with NASCAR crew chief Jason Ratcliff
For the past 15 years, Jason Ratcliff has slowly worked his way through the NASCAR ranks as a crew

posted 4:30:24pm Oct. 17, 2014 | read full post »

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