THIS IS EPISODE 116 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST
James Ihedigbo played 10 seasons in the NFL with the Jets, Patriots, Ravens, Lions and Bills. He was undrafted in 2007 after playing his college football at the University of Massachusetts.
As a member of the Patriots in 2011, Ihedigbo played in Super Bowl XLVI against the Giants. The following season, he signed with the Baltimore Ravens and not only played in Super Bowl XLVII, but won a championship ring as his team beat the 49ers, 34-31.
In March 2018, James officially retired from the NFL after 10 seasons.
His parents are immigrants from Nigeria, who came to the United States in the late 1970s to pursue higher education. Ihedigbo was raised in a Christian home, but learned that he had to make his faith his own. Following the death of his father when he was a teenager, he had a powerful encounter with the Lord.
Today, Ihedigbo is involved in HOPE Africa, a foundation that offers assistance to students of African descent in the form of scholarships, mentoring, funding and developmental projects.
On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Ihedigbo about growing up with Nigerian immigrant parents, how he made his faith his own, what it was like to play on the same team as Brett Favre and Tom Brady, how he dealt with temptations that came his way during his NFL career, and why seeing things through the lens of Christ is vital in the cultural landscape we’re living in today.
You can follow James on Instagram @Diggz32 .
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