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Broadcaster Crosses Intersection of Sports and Faith

Former NFL quarterback Brock Huard lends his career experience to feed the growing demand in sports talk radio along with his podcast Above and Beyond, encouraging audiences with stories of faith. Read Transcript


Well, welcome to Seattle and a typical morning

rush hour heading into downtown.

Frustrating for all of us.

But if you're a morning radio show host,

you've got a captive audience.

We're going to go in and talk with one,

Brock Huard, former NFL quarterback, and host

of sports talk radio.

RADIO ANNOUNCER: Now, here's Brock and Salk.

INTERVIEWER: Your experience as a quarterback of the Washington

Huskies, the Seahawks, the Colts, what was the best

thing it drew out of you?

Yeah, I think college football,

professional football, and from the positive end, the ability

to connect with people.

And I'm in the media business where

my job is to connect with an audience,

with fans, with coaches, the NFL, and college.

Looking back in their foundation it

laid is the ability to really connect with others.

SALK: Brock, it's huge news what's

happening in sports here, all in Seattle.

With your psychology degree, how often do you rely on that?

BROCK: My greatest weakness as a player

was over-thinking because so much of what's

going on between our ears.

It was one of my great challenges

as a player to turn that off.

I think it's one of the assets doing

the job I do, that curiosity to over analyze,

that's what sports radio is about.

So God used one of my vulnerabilities

as a player and my hardwiring to really

be an asset and a strength of mine in my future career.

All right, Dr. Huard.

What fuels sports talk radio?

Relationship.

I was paired eight years ago with someone

that couldn't be any more different in every way.

And the two of us had to find relationship and make it work.

So what fuels sports radio for me

is a relationship-- the relationship with my co-host,

my producers, with an audience, with the doors that open when

I'm pumping gas and a complete stranger comes up and says,

how's Titus doing?

My seven-year-old son.

I don't know them, but they have a relationship with me

through the medium of sports radio.

What do you think audiences want from you?

Authenticity, that's what they want.

They want it to be real.

And in eight years, we have never pre-programmed takes.

I'll try to argue this side, and you

be the contrarian on that side.

So we find things that we authentically

are passionate about, we feel strongly about,

and we dig in those conversations.

I don't think there's any way you can cover the Mariners

and the Seahawks and the Huskies,

and the trials and tribulations that they

go through, without natural back and forth

intention in our differences.

They're-- they're quick to anger.

OK.

BROCK (ON RADIO): Yeah, they've got a bit of a temperament.

SALK: Is Bob the same way?

BROCK (ON RADIO): I don't think he's burned the bridges quite

the same way.

INTERVIEWER: Brock, makes the Seattle base unique?

BROCK: It's a really educated fan base.

You've got an IT world that's blowing up,

a uniquely diversified population.

That's Seattle market.

You better be on point, because they'll

call your bluff if you're not.

INTERVIEWER: The local team wins.

It unites a state, let alone a city.

How genuine can that sense of community be?

Great question.

And it's a tested when you lose, not when you win.

And rolling through 2012 and into 2013 and the Super Bowl

and back to 2014, it's unbelievable.

There was a mania.

There's very few things from a community

that bring a civic sense on the same page together.

But when a little adversity hits, we do realize how strong

or how disingenuous those connection points can

be in that level of fandom.

There's always going to be a draw though.

As long as sports continues to be--

An idol.

I was just chatting with one of my kids about this.

Isn't it amazing we read these old testaments,

and were like, man, what were they thinking?

How are you following some pole?

How can you build up some set of rocks?

And you look at the idols that they had,

and then you realize, like, how can you just paint your faces

and get tattoos and you schedule all your life

around these eight Sundays or these six Saturdays?

It's everything in your life.

Like, where's that line that you're

walking between something that you love and you're

passionate about, which is awesome,

and where it becomes an idol.

INTERVIEWER: You travel nationally as a football game

analyst for ESPN.

You see the extremes of the fan commitment.

How much is too much?

Where does it fit?

BROCK: So where is the line between obsession and passion?

And again, I think all of us need men in our lives

that are walking alongside of us to check us and to question it.

Does it come before your wife?

Does it come in before you kids?

Is it coming before your church?

Is it coming before your Savior?

And your relationship in that faith with your Savior

and your maker first.

Your family better be second, because they endure.

The game won't.

The players won't.

The teams wont.

The sport won't.

We can be passionate, and we should be passionate.

But if you're obsessed, you better check yourself.

Well, this is a city we love, huh?

INTERVIEWER: Absolutely.

Got to tell you, I also love how you intersect faith and sports

to impact another demographic.

You're catching audiences at a time of contemplation

with a podcast.

BROCK: I'm thankful and privileged

that my Bonneville, my work has opened this door,

and that people can be driving and tune into--

man, has God placed amazing people with amazing stories

that have shaped my life.

And that's what "Above & Beyond" is aiming to do.

Who is Jesus Christ to Brock Huard?

He's everything.

He's everything.

Because without a relationship with Him,

talking about connection and genuine and authentic

relationship, and without Him, none of it's real.

It doesn't take tragedy to always bring that out.

It doesn't take sports to always bring that out.

It takes that trust to bring that out.

Without His authenticity, without His life,

without His blood, without His saving grace,

without Him, there really isn't genuine relationship.

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