THIS IS EPISODE 176 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST
Charlie Ward played 11 seasons in the NBA with the Knicks, Spurs and Rockets. He was selected in the first round of the 1994 NBA Draft by New York (26th overall) after a stellar college career that saw him also shine as a football player.
In 1993, Ward won the Heisman Trophy as college football’s most outstanding player and led Florida State to the national championship. Thirteen years later, he would be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Ward is the only Heisman Trophy winner to ever play in the NBA, and he was a member of the Knicks team in 1999 that made it all the way to the NBA Finals before losing to San Antonio.
On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Ward about the 25th anniversary of that 1993 college football season, deciding to play pro basketball instead of football, what Florida State coach Bobby Bowden taught him about faith, how he lived his life in the NBA as an outspoken follower of Christ, and why he decided to start the Charlie Ward Family Foundation.
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Somehow it has been 25 years since I won the @heismantrophy and led @floridastateuniversity to a national championship. I kicked off Miami Week by reliving the 1993 @fsufootball / @canesfootball showdown with @tashanreed of @theathletichq. I look forward to the rest of the “Charlie Ward Remembers” series. I’m excited for today’s game vs. Miami and hope it is one for the history books as well! #TheAthlete #CharlieWard #heisman #gonoles #seminoles #fsu #fsufootball
You can follow Charlie on Instagram @charliewardofficial and Twitter @RealCharlieWard. You can also order his new book, “The Athlete: Greatness, Grace and the Unprecedented life of Charlie Ward,” here.
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