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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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 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 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 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. […]

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 […]

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 (#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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A conversation with Minnesota Twins pitcher Matt Capps

posted by Chad Bonham

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 […]

A conversation with AMA Motocross racer Andrew Short

posted by Chad Bonham

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 […]

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 […]

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

posted by Chad Bonham

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hot Topic Tuesday: Character does matter

posted by Chad Bonham

Last week I posed the question, “Does character matter?” In general, I think most people would probably agree that character or integrity is important in today’s society. Most people would also likely agree that the lack of character (especially at […]

PGA FedEx Cup contender Mark Wilson on his responsibility as a Christian athlete

posted by Chad Bonham

Fort Worth, TX — Yesterday’s hot and windy outing at the Colonial Country Club yielded some short, but substantial encounters with the PGA’s finest including interviews with Mark Wilson, Kevin Streelman and Rickie Fowler as the players rubbed shoulders with […]

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