Summer 2022

SS PODCAST: Former Stanford QB Isaiah Sanders on his faith, winning the Wuerffel Trophy

THIS IS THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST
WITH JASON ROMANO, FEATURING ISAIAH SANDERS

Quarterback Isaiah Sanders just finished his college football career at Stanford. A sixth-year senior from Aurora, Colorado, he graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering, and later earned a master’s in management science and engineering. In 2020, as a fifth-year senior, Sanders transferred to Stanford, and played again this past season for the Cardinal as a backup quarterback.

During his time at Air Force, Sanders was named a member of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, a Mountain West Conference Scholar-Athlete, and in 2019 was a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy (awarded to the college football player with the best combination of academics, community service and on-field performance) and a finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy (presented to the FBS player who best combines exemplary community service with leadership achievement on and off the field).

In December, Sanders was named the winner of the 2021 Wuerffel Trophy.

While at Stanford, he founded the “Adopt-A-Cardinal” program, which pairs a football player or position group with a classroom of grade-school students to regularly encourage them, read to them, assist them with their homework and help them in any other way possible. As a cadet at Air Force, Sanders participated in the Lockheed Martin Internship in Orlando, was cadet-in-charge of his Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter, and was the community service representative for three years at the Academy. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in April 2020 and was selected as a Human Factors Engineer by the USAF.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Sanders about football as a platform to share his faith, serving in the Air Force, leading Bible studies with FCA, and why his walk with Christ is the guiding light for him to give back to others.

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