Fall 2021 SS Magazine

SS PODCAST: Former NFL QB Christian Ponder on marriage, retirement & identity

THIS IS THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST
WITH JASON ROMANO, FEATURING CHRISTIAN PONDER

Christian Ponder is a former quarterback who played six seasons in the NFL. He was selected 12th overall in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. After spending four seasons in Minnesota, he played two more years with Oakland, Denver and San Francisco before retiring in 2017.

In college, Ponder was recruited by legendary coach Bobby Bowden at Florida State and was a three-year starter for the Seminoles. In 2010, Ponder was the first Seminole quarterback since Chris Weinke in 1999 to lead his team to victories over both of FSU’s in-state rivals, Miami and Florida. He also won the 2010 Bobby Bowden Award, presented to the top student-athlete among FBS schools. Ponder graduated from Florida State in two and a half years with a degree in finance and a 3.73 GPA.

Today on the podcast, Ponder shares about his journey of faith, being baptized by former NFL quarterback Jon Kitna, the spiritual impact of his wife Samantha, and his memories of Coach Bowden and the legacy he’s left.

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