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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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 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 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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bayne, Catchings, Clark and Durant headline 2011 ESPYS nominations

posted by Chad Bonham

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 […]

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

posted by Chad Bonham

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

NFL rookie takes fan with spina bifida to middle school prom

posted by Chad Bonham

NFL rookie-to-be J.T. Thomas did something that made even the most cynical fans stand up and cheer. He took 14-year old Joslyn Levell, who was born with spina bifida, to her middle school prom in Morgantown, WV. Thomas, who is […]

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 […]

The Inspirational Sports Report: Stenhouse Jr., shines in Iowa, Berkman lays out the leather, and Brees puts his money where his mouth is

posted by Chad Bonham

Exciting weekend in sports with the Mavs and Heat taking 2-1 leads in their respective NBA Conference Finals, the NHL playoffs heating up, David Toms rebounding from his TPC playoff loss to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational and interleague play […]

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