Before announcing his retirement from a prolific 17-year (16 with the Los Angeles Chargers, and one year with the Indianapolis Colts) NFL career on January 20, Philip Rivers had already made plans for the next step in his professional life months ahead of time. The 39-year-old father of nine will take over as the full-time […]

University of Mobile graduate Sarah Thomas has made history again — this time as the first female official for a Super Bowl. In 2007, Thomas, who played basketball at UM from 1992 to 1995, became the first woman to referee an NCAA Division I football game. In 2009, she served in that designation for a bowl […]

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With Chicago Public Schools continuing virtual learning, Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles is working with Progressive Baptist Church to distribute hundreds of laptops to low-income students. Progressive Baptist Church Senior Pastor Charlie Dates announced the donation on social media. “Today, our church received hundreds of these, Acer Google Chromebooks, that are being given to students […]

During his junior year at Fullerton Union High School in Fullerton, California, Michael Lorenzen sat on a pier, high on drugs and living a lifestyle he describes as “very caught up in the world.” That lifestyle had been all in the family. His parents, Clif and Cheryl Lorenzen, had struggled with drugs and alcohol, and […]

While listening to Kari Jobe’s “Revelation Song,” Travis Mattair had a revelation of his own. “I wasn’t really happy with baseball at the time,” said Mattair, who had been drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the second round of the 2007 Major League June amateur draft but had left the Phillies’ spring training in 2010. […]

EDITOR’S NOTE: Paul Chitwood is president of the International Mission Board. “Is winning everything?” I asked. “No. But winning is important. If you don’t win, they fire you,” replied Coach Bowden. Bobby Bowden coached football for more than 50 years. Over the course of 34 seasons as head coach of the Florida State Seminoles, his […]

Sharif Finch made a promise to his parents, and during the most difficult time of his life, he kept it. Pursuing that promise in 2018, Finch made the roster of the Tennessee Titans after playing at Temple University in Philadelphia. But during training camp, Finch’s father, Gregory, died of a heart attack. “Losing my dad […]

It wasn’t on the court but in the stands where Jalen Dupree had his most memorable basketball moments. After executing plays, grabbing rebounds and scoring points at Cordova High School in Memphis, Dupree would see the smile on his mother’s face when he did well. Niesha Dupree smiled a lot. As a senior in 2016, […]


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