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On Above and Beyond, former Seattle Seahawks quarterback and 710 ESPN Seattle host Brock Huard talks one-on-one about trials and triumphs, struggles and perseverance. Listen to intimate stories about how champions dealt with their greatest professional adversities. It's stories of faith beyond just a sound bite. Every two weeks. To sponsor a child in need visit www.compassion.com/above.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Dabo Swinney: Dreaming Beyond Your Circumstances

Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney is one of the game's most successful coaches today, but it wasn't because he was handed everything on a silver platter. Swinney learned to persevere through adversities in his home growing up and his walk-on career at Alabama before embarking on an unlikely journey to becoming the "Dabo Swinney" the world knows today. Be encouraged by his story of Faith and conviction.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Gus Malzahn: Faith Fueled Coaching

As the head coach of Auburn University Football, Gus Malzahn understands the pressure of winning as much as anyone. Through a revival in his Faith, Malzahn has learned to live out his life's calling authentically--even when that means doing things differently than everyone else.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Ben Malcolmson: "Walk On"

After quitting football in 5th grade, Ben Malcolmson believed his life journey would lead to a career in journalism. After discovering a deep and personal Faith, Ben's journey took a left turn that put him onto the #1 nationally ranked USC football team as a 5th year senior walk on and culminated in a unique, unexpected career in sports under Pete Carroll that has spanned 13 years.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Seahawks Chaplain Judah Smith: Living Out Faith with Athletes

As a seventh-generation pastor, Judah Smith has developed a wide variety of relationships built on a shared faith. As the chaplain of the Seattle Seahawks, Pastor Judah joins Brock Huard to talk about some of the unique challenges professional athlete experience due to the pressures of their job, the expectations of fans & coaches, and the barriers that arise as they seek to understand their faith. Pastor Judah also explores how the role of being a chaplain has sharpened him as a pastor and provided more perspective on the difficulty many athletes have with being vulnerable.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Jeff Kemp: Handling Life's Blitzes

Former Seahawks quarterback Jeff Kemp looks back on his 11 year NFL career and the constant tension he lived in as a professional between the need to achieve in the eyes of his coaches while finding his self-worth through his faith. Kemp shares what it was like to grow up with his father as an NFL star, how he persevered through his lengthy career despite basically never entering a season as the favorite to be the starter, and how his marriage gave him the courage he needed to embrace his faith through professional adversity.

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Learning to Dream: Nelson Cruz / Compassion International in El Salvador

Brock Huard and his family have sponsored Yessica through Compassion International for 7 years, and in May, the Huard family finally got the chance to meet her in El Salvador. Brock shares what it was like to see Compassion's impact on Yessica and her community while spending time with her family and touring their projects in El Salvador. In the second part of this episode, Brock sits down with Mariners' slugger Nelson Cruz to discuss his upbringing in the Dominican Republic. From having to create his own toys out of branches and plastic bottles to working in his uncle's auto shop at the age of 8 to living on his own at 17 to pursue his dreams in baseball, Cruz details how his faith gave him the peace and confidence to dream big and accomplish things he couldn't have imagined were possible

Friday, May 25, 2018

Luke Ridnour: Learning Trust

As a kid growing up in Blaine, WA, Luke Ridnour was all about basketball since he can remember. Whether it was waking up at 5:00 AM as a 10-year-old to practice in his driveway or traveling the country with his AAU team, Luke's drive to be the best player he could be took him to the height of the basketball world as a teenager. As he began to see the damaging impact of idolizing his own athletic success, Luke realized that he needed more than just the game to find meaning in his life. With a renewed commitment to his faith, Luke regained his purpose on and off the court. Adversity would continue to come for Luke and his family, but the faith journey he was on led him to one constant conclusion throughout his career: trusting your faith conviction gives you the strength

Friday, May 11, 2018

Dan Wilson: Living in the Tension

Mariners Hall of Fame catcher Dan "The Man" Wilson has caught more games than anyone in team history and has the highest fielding percentage of any AL catcher ever - the sixth highest in baseball history! On this episode of Above & Beyond, Brock talks with Dan about the tension between living out his faith convictions while investing into becoming an elite athlete, between reveling in success and wallowing in failure, and playing for Lou Piniella, a coach who was notoriously hard on players because he was desperate to win.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Faith, Family and Football: The Story of Jake Locker

Jake Locker was the definition of hometown hero: the quarterback of the 2005 Washington State high school champions at Ferndale High, who then chose to stay local and play at the University of Washington. His reputation as a good-natured, humble leader followed him everywhere. But, as the pressure of meeting the high standards he set for himself and keeping up his persona amidst a losing season at UW, Jake began to seek unhealthy avenues to escape. Through the personal investment of his teammate, Matt Hasselbeck, the example of unconditional love set by his father throughout his childhood, and the patience of his wife, Jake discovered that through his faith in God, he could finally live authentically. And ultimately, his faith convictions pulled him to make a difficult decision with total

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Faith Under Fire with Sam and Christian Ponder

For the final episode of Season 1, Brock (and his wife Molly!) welcome Sam and Christian Ponder to Above & Beyond. Sam has been in the news this week for standing up against some horrible comments made about her online. She shares why she felt compelled to respond to the harassment, why it's so important that men stand beside their sisters, and what gives her the courage to live out her faith in public. We also get to hear the love story of Sam and Christian - full of fun, flirting, and a contractually-protected burro. Get to know this dynamic, dedicated couple on this episode of Above & Beyond.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Clint Gresham: From the Inside Out

Super Bowl champ Clint Gresham spent 6 years in the NFL where he dealt with inadequacy, insecurity, and brokenness. On the second-to-last episode of Season 1, the first long snapper ever to be drafted in the 1st round talks to Brock - who cheered Clint on his whole career - about overcoming those feelings and the importance of laying a foundation of bedrock. Check out Clint's new book "Becoming: Loving the Process of Wholeness" OUT NOW!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tyler Lockett: Walking in His Prime

At 24, Pro Bowl wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks Tyler Lockett seems to have access to everything success has to offer - the money, fame, women, hype - but has decided to publically walk out his faith in front of us all.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Team Chaplains: Shepherds of Professional Athletes

Faith in sports is not limited to just players and coaches; Episode 12 takes a look into the spiritual support system behind athletes in professional sports. Seattle Storm chaplain Nancy Cahill and Tim Gaydos, chaplain of both the Seattle Mariners and Sounders FC join Above and Beyond to share the challenges and encouragements of working with professional athletes at the highest level.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Selfish to Selfless with Ryan Leaf

On what might be the most raw and vulnerable Above & Beyond yet, Brock's former adversary and one of football's greatest cautionary tales Ryan Leaf shares his story. And what a story it is... Arguably the best QB to come out of WSU, and one of the highest-drafted players in WA State history, Ryan's career crashed and burned. Drug addiction, prison, multiple suicide attempts, and self-described egomania ruined what should have been a stellar NFL career.  So where is he now? And how did he get his life back on track? Hear the real story on this episode of Above & Beyond.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Jim Zorn: Learning Humility Through Relationship

Whether you know him as the Seattle Seahawks first QB or the head coach of the Washington Redskins, you're about to get to know Jim Zorn like you never have before. Brock says Jim was one of the first coaches to show him what it meant to be a well-rounded husband, dad, man of faith, and a coach, and this episode of Above & Beyond will hopefully inspire you as Jim inspired Brock so many years ago.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Walking in The Word with Steve Cishek

Brock welcomes his first active player on the podcast: Seattle Mariners Pitcher Steve Cishek! In their first meeting together, Steve tells Brock about not hearing the Gospel until college, being called out by other major league players to live out the faith he proclaimed, and why failure is an important part of playing ball.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Brock's Journey - Part 2

Brock's own faith and sports journey concludes on this episode of Above & Beyond. Part 2 picks up as Brock is drafted in the 3rd round by the Seattle Seahawks, follows him through his NFL career, and into the very public world of professional sports media. This podcast wouldn't be possible without the support of Compassion International. They're changing lives around the world and continue to do so every single day. You can change a life, and have your life changed, today! Visit compassion.com/above.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Brock's Journey - Part 1

The most common question we get from listeners is "When will Brock share his story?" The answer: Right now! From early childhood through his days as a quarterback, Brock takes us along his journey of faith and sports and how it intersects with the six guests who have shared their stories so far on this podcast. See you next week for Part 2, where Brock's journey continues off the field and into the world of professional media.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Trust with Alvin Davis

"Mr. Mariner" Alvin Davis joins Brock on this intimate episode of Above & Beyond. From growing up with a deep faith & sports heritage, to losing his brother and father at a young age, Alvin has had an incredible journey: one marked by a trust in God that is guaranteed to encourage and inspire.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Forgiveness with Steve Largent

When Brock was a child, Steve Largent was one of his biggest heroes. And Brock is certainly not alone. On this week's Above & Beyond, one of the NFL's most beloved players on and off the field shares his story about growing up in a broken home, how his coaches filled the void of his absent father, why the importance of forgiveness, and much much more. This is Steve Largent like you've never heard him before.