Steve Rom and Rod Payne's Bio:
Steve Rom is a two-time cancer survivor, and a member of the City of Hope Medical Center and National Cancer Survivors Day speakers’ bureaus. He has received eight awards for newspaper writing in the categories of feature, sports, and business (Associated Press Managing Editors of Arizona, Arizona Press Club), and has contributed to several newspapers around the country, including the Los Angeles Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and Baltimore Sun. He also co-hosted “Out of Bounds”, a daily sports radio talk show on KVNA in Flagstaff, Arizona. A native of Los Angeles, Steve has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He resides in Boca Raton, Florida.
Rod Payne first attracted national attention while playing center for the Michigan football program from 1992-1996. During the 1995 season, he broke his right wrist during a game, but instead of quitting, he had the wrist reset and taped up at halftime, and snapped the ball the rest of the game – and the rest of the season – with his left hand. His teammates voted him the most valuable player following his senior season, a campaign in which he also served as co-captain and earned All-American honors. He played three years with the Cincinnati Bengals and completed his four-year NFL career with the 2000 Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens. Following his retirement, Rod co-hosted a daily sports talk-radio show in Ann Arbor (WTKA), and also appeared on “Sportsnight”, the weekend wrap-up show on Detroit’s Fox affiliate. Payne has since returned to his native south Florida, where he coaches the football and wrestling teams at Westminster Academy, and is a featured speaker for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). He resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his wife Carie, and their newborn baby, Jada.