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Author: Bryce Johnson

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The UNPACKIN’ it Podcast is hosted by the president of UNPACKIN' it Ministries, Bryce Johnson. Each week Bryce unpacks sports, faith, and life with intriguing guests from the sports and entertainment world. With his high-energy style and passion to encourage listeners, Bryce also shares his thoughts on faith and sports, as well as life and entertainment.

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TOPICS:Can Lamar Jackson maintain this kind of running/throwing play all season?A look back at other week two storylinesI’m Convinced Bryce Johnson:The Carolina Panthers’ defense is the reason they are 2-0The Saints not having eight assistant coaches crushed their chances to winLuke Heaton:This is one of the more important Ryder Cups in U.S. HistoryThe way the Ryder Cup is set up makes it not as much fun to view the eventUNPACK this...Who are these NFL teams going to be this year? Several teams that struggled in week one bounced back in week two. For those of us who follow Jesus, we gain new life and a new identity when we follow Jesus. Tap DrillWhat did you think of Gus Johnson and Aqib Talib on the Sunday broadcast?What do you think of the latest Baker Mayfield insurance commercial?Are we seeing the end of Ohio State and Clemson dominance?What do you make of Frank Gore dropping football for boxing gloves? See for privacy and opt-out information.
Former Carolina Panther, Nate Salley, relates the recent Oregon win over Ohio State to our own lives. Do we struggle with the agony of defeat controlling us? Our response to defeat ultimately defines us, but we must learn from previous pain so we can strive forward and make the most of each day. See for privacy and opt-out information.
TOPICS:Rookie quarterbacks in week one had some successUsing Justin Fields and Trey Lance in certain packages may not be a great ideaAaron Rodgers had a horrible first week on the field and in the Fantasy gameThe NFC East is intriguing after the first weekI’m Convinced Bryce Johnson:Manning Night Football lived up to the hype!Luke Heaton:It’s okay for grown men to wear jerseysUNPACK this...Bryce takes the topic of how a loss in week one affects each NFL team and relates it to how we respond to a loss in our own lives. Top 10 Jobs in College Football:AlabamaOhio StateGeorgiaTexasLSUUSCClemsonOklahomaNotre DameFlorida See for privacy and opt-out information.
I’m ConvincedMatthew Stafford will light it up this yearJameis Winston is here to stayDeandre Swift will be fantastic this year Fantasy Football Fellowship PlaybookJust like there were surprises in week one of Fantasy Football, God also shows up and comes through for us in miraculous ways.AccountabilityBryce Johnson:Russell Gage is underrated – he had 0 catches in week oneJalen Hurts is overrated – he had three touchdowns in week one but could have a monster yearRyan Tannehill will have a huge year – he was awful in week one Harrison Zuckerberg:Calvin Ridley will be a stud this year – Atlanta offense in general struggled mightily vs. EaglesAdam Thielen will struggle this year – he had two touchdowns in week one Did you Listen?Bryce Johnson:Tony Jones Jr. will be a great pick up – rushed for 50 yards on 11 carriesKenneth Gainwell will be a great pick up – he had a touchdown and another called backHarrison Zuckerberg:Kyler Murray will be great – was the top Fantasy QB in week oneTom Brady will be a great Fantasy QB – he had four TD’s in week oneMike Williams is a sleeper WR of the year – he had eight catches and a TD in week onePeace or PanicDamien Harris – Patriots – PeaceLamar Jackson – Ravens – PanicJames Robinson – Jags – PanicPackers Offense – PeaceInvest or Pass – Waiver WireElijah Mitchell – 49ers – PassCole Kmet – Bears – InvestJameis Winston – Saints – InvestJuwan Johnson – Saints - InvestAdam Trautman – Saints – InvestSterling Shepard – Giants – PassChristian Kirk – Broncos – InvestMost Likely to Bounce Back This WeekGeorge Kittle – 49ersAustin Eckler – ChargersClyde Edward – Helaire See for privacy and opt-out information.
BIO:Mark Richt currently serves as a studio analyst for the newly launched ACC Network. Prior to his time with ACC Network/ESPN, Richt served as head football coach at the University of Miami and the University of Georgia. He has a new book out titled, Make the Call: Game-Day Wisdom for Life's Defining Moments. TOPICS:The process of writing his new bookThe story about David Pollack in the bookThe role of mentorship in our livesBalancing life at home with life at workAccountability to God - it’s not what we do, but how we do itGrowing in faith through adversityBeing bold and stepping out with your faithHow he responded to the Parkinson’s diagnosisHis wife, Katharyn, four children, and two children are most important in his lifeThe key to a long and successful marriage See for privacy and opt-out information.
TOPICS:Flips – Players You Feel Different About as the Season ApproachesBryce Johnson:James Robinson – JagsHarrison Zuckerberg:Marvin Jones - JagsCorey Davis – GiantsSticking With – Players You're Still Confident inBryce Johnson:Damien Harris – PatriotsCole Kmet – BearsCooper Kupp – RamsT.J Hockinson – LionsHarrison Zuckerberg:Damien Harris – PatriotsJacoby Meyers – PatriotsMost Undervalued Players at the Start of the SeasonBryce Johnson:David Montgomery – BearsJosh Jacobs – RaidersClyde Edwards-Helaire – ChiefsRussell Gage – FalconsBen Roethlisberger – SteelersHarrison Zuckerberg:Gus Edwards – RavensAllen Robinson – BearsTom Brady – BucsKirk Cousins – VikingsMost Overvalued Players at the Start of the SeasonBryce Johnson:Jalen Hurts – EaglesNoah Fant – BroncosHarrison Zuckerberg:Mike Davis – FalconsWaiver Wire StashesBryce Johnson:Kenneth Gainwell – EaglesTony Jones Jr. – SaintsCole Kmet – SaintsRondell Moore – CardinalsHarrison Zuckerberg:Trey Lance – 49ersMarquez Callaway – SaintsWhat We Will Learn in Week OneBryce Johnson:Teams that have three WR’s…who will be the main target? Raiders, Panthers, Cowboys, Rams, BengalsRunning back by committee – who will be the guy?Harrison Zuckerberg:How will the Patriots perform as a team?Injured QB’s and how they will perform – Dak Prescott, Carson WentzMost Excited About for the Season:Bryce Johnson:Austin Eckeler – ChargersGeorge Kittle – 49ersJonathan Taylor – ColtsMatthew Stafford – RamsRyan Tannehill – TitansHarrison Zuckerberg:Trey Lance – 49ersTrey Sermon – 49ers See for privacy and opt-out information.
BIO:David Pollack is a top college football analyst for ESPN who can be seen on College Gameday every Saturday during the fall. He played his college football at the University of Georgia where he won the SEC Player-of-the-Year award and was also recognized as the Top Defensive Player in the nation. He is in the College Football Hall of Fame and was drafted in the first round of the 2005 NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. Retiring in 2008 due to a major neck injury, Pollack is a husband and father of two and helps run the Pollack Family Foundation.TOPICS:Word of encouragement – your purpose for what you do and why you do it is very importantParenting and being a great influence on your kidsAlways share kindness – it costs nothing!How his wife saved his relationship with his daughterShut your mouth and listenBiggest upsets in college footballFans are back in college stadiumsHis pick of his Alma Mater, Georgia, to win this year's titleNew coaches and expectations to start the season See for privacy and opt-out information.
Former Carolina Panther, Nate Salley, takes us back to the Olympic games. He shares how sports bring us together by taking us away from our contrasts and toward our commonalities. Nate challenges us to make a bond with those who may be different but have similarities like the love of the game and a desire to win. See for privacy and opt-out information.
TOPICS:Bryce’s life adjustment with having a second daughterJoe Buck and Troy Aikmen signify the start of football for Cowboys fansMac Jones is legit! The Bears should start the season with Andy Daulton, and ease in Justin FieldsWill Trevor Lawrence be able to succeed in Jacksonville?Ranking the five rookie quarterbacks for year one, year five, and year tenHenry’s cruise experience – the do’s and don’tsI’m Convinced: Bryce Johnson -Legendary broadcasters like Lee Corso should ride out their career for as long as they can.Preseason football is better than no football.Luke HeatonPatrick Cantlay’s putting performance was as good as he has ever seen LIVE.UNPACK ThisThe guys unpack cut day in the NFL, and the tough conversations that coaches have with players when they let them the tough conversations we have in our own lives.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Brian Goins serves as Sr. Director of Strategy and gives leadership to the "Weekend to Remember" Marriage Conference. Through his non-profit, Catapult Concepts, Brian helps social change organizations and communicators hone their influence, reimagine their content, and develop their voice. He co-created and was executive producer of Brain.Heart.World, a docuseries for adolescents on the scientific side-effects of pornography. You can find his book, Playing Hurt: A Guy’s Strategy for a Winning Marriage on Amazon. Brian is the husband of Jen, and they have three children. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Bryce Johnson delivers the sermon, "Sports Fans Reveal What We Were All Created For" at a church in Belmont, North Carolina.TOPICS:The day sports came to a complete stopWeird things that happened during the pandemicNBA plays in a bubbleTom Brady at 43 years old wins the Super Bowl in Tampa BayIn baseball, the emergence of Shohei OhtanICollege athletes now get paidWeird “Good” Sports FansSports fans want to be as close to the athletes as they can.In reality, we really don’t “know” the players personally.Do we really know God? Knowing God transforms our thoughts and behaviors. We were created to worship God and bring Him Glory, not the glory of a victory on the sports field. Story of carrying a goal post around the campus of Appalachian State. The epiphany – “What am I doing?” Seeking God with the same passion is so much more fulfilling!            See for privacy and opt-out information.
Mitch Mason, the FCA Football Chaplain at the University of North Carolina, delivers a terrific speech at this summer's 2021 Man Up Charlotte Conference. Mitch relates stories from his experience as a football player to events in our own lives. He encourages us to stand with the Almighty God with great confidence. He asks us to lay down our life for Christ.BIO:Mitch is responsible for the spiritual and character development of Carolina's football team. Before arriving in Chapel Hill, Mitch was the Associate Pastor of FreeWay Church in Clemson, SC, also serving as a Campus Minister at Clemson University and a mentor with Clemson Football. A former college football player, Mitch was a four-year starter at cornerback for Missouri Western State University and became a two-time All-American. He later played professionally in the Arena Football League. In 2014, Mitch was inducted into the MWSU Hall of Fame. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Former Carolina Panther, Nate Salley, relates the sacrifices that veterans make to the sacrifices we make in our own lives. He encourages us to pursue our dreams, even if it means making sacrifices along the way. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Former Carolina Panther, Nate Salley, encourages us to build stronger bonds with those we lead and love. Instead of being a stranger and putting ourselves in danger of losing them, we need to intentionally connect in a deeper way. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Former NFL players, Mike Tolbert and Jerricho Cotchery, are joined at the 2021 Man Up Charlotte conference by Josh Meadows, the Executive Director of Neighborhood Hope. Bryce Johnson discusses the importance of fatherhood in our society with the panel. The three share stories of growing up without a father, and how they strive to be great dads to their children today. Jerricho Cotchery also talks about the journey of adopting five children. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Former Carolina Panther, Nate Salley, encourages us to be heard by others. Are we giving good information to the right people so that they are interested in what we have to say...or are we on "mute"? See for privacy and opt-out information.
Former Carolina Panther, Nate Salley, relates the current craziness in the real estate industry to our own lives. Families that are selling their homes because the deal is too good to pass up might regret it in the end. When we walk away from our dream because it seems to be the right thing to do at the moment, sticking with the long-term plan just might be what makes our dream a reality. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Bobby Bowden Interview: Winningest Coach in NCAA Division I Football History and author of The Wisdom of FaithSummary: Today we honor the legacy of Coach Bobby Bowden by bringing back the podcast in which Coach Bowden appeared on UNPACKIN' it. Coach Bowden is the winningest coach in NCAA Division I football history. Bobby coached for 57 years and won two National Championships while at Florida State. He also wrote the book, The Wisdom of Faith. He visited the show to talk about faith, family, and football. See for privacy and opt-out information.
TOPICS:Bryce and Jodi will welcome their new baby girl anytimeLife changes drastically at any momentKnow now what to expect since it’s their second child, but just don’t know whenWhat little Maddie understands about what is happeningGod is in control and you have to trust the processPro Football Hall of Fame:Donnie Shell FINALLY gets inducted into the Pro Football Hall of FamePeyton Manning enshrining speech, unfortunately, cut shortOther great Pro Football Hall of Fame moments – good and bad inside speechesLakers have added pieces that will lead to a Championship as long as players accept rolesI'm Convinced:Bryce Johnson -Bobby Bowden was one of the best guests ever on UNPACKIN’ itNo other coach will ever duplicate what Bobby Bowden accomplished at Florida StateLuke Heaton -A player’s professional success largely relies on where they are drafted, especially in the NFLUnpack this:Donnie Shell, despite a great career and four Super Bowl titles, still had to wait for many years to get his call to the Hall of Fame. He held onto God and continued prayer requests until he finally prayed to God, “Lord, let Your will be done.” Bryce connects this to our own lives by encouraging us to be patient and put our full trust in the Lord.Tap Drill:What is your “Field of Dreams” in sports?Is Tony Romo a Hall of Famer?Does Jimmy Johnson belong in the Cowboys' Ring of Honor?How will Joe Buck do hosting Jeopardy this week?         See for privacy and opt-out information.
BIO:Matt Schick is a broadcaster for ESPN, ESPN Radio, and SiriusXM. Currently the co-host of Sunday Morning on ESPN Radio (10 AM to 1 PM, EST), he will also host College Gameday on ESPN Radio on Saturdays this fall. Additionally, Matt is the co-host of Big Ten This Morning on Sirius XM Big Ten Radio (Channel 372) Monday-Friday.TOPICS:The summer vacation with four childrenFatherly advice as Bryce gets ready to welcome his new baby girlCollege football realignment and the unintended consequences - will these changes lead to more excitement in college football?His experience of coaching his kids over the summer and having the passion to winThe importance of engaging with God - not worrying about what games you're calling or how many followers you haveThe discipline of reading the Bible in a different wayThe upcoming college football season – will North Carolina rise up to expectations? See for privacy and opt-out information.
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