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In the Moment with David Greene

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The most adrenaline-charged, fist-pumping moments in sports happen in the blink of an eye for fans. But those moments are years in the making for athletes. And the impact of them can last a lifetime.

In the Moment is a new podcast from the people who brought you Man in the Arena. Every Tuesday, host David Greene takes you inside the mind of an athlete at a pivotal moment in their career. David combines his experience as the former host of NPR’s Morning Edition with the passion of a diehard sports fan to relive some of the biggest moments in sports.

From Religion of Sports and PRX.

2021, 2022

The most adrenaline-charged, fist-pumping moments in sports happen in the blink of an eye for fans. But those moments are years in the making for athletes. And the impact of them can last a lifetime.

In the Moment is a new podcast from the people who brought you Man in the Arena. Every Tuesday, host David Greene takes you inside the mind of an athlete at a pivotal moment in their career. David combines his experience as the former host of NPR’s Morning Edition with the passion of a diehard sports fan to relive some of the biggest moments in sports.

From Religion of Sports and PRX.

2021, 2022

Ryan Clark: “I had tears in my eyes…this is how we'll always be remembered” Super Bowl 43 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals.

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November 8, 202241min 22sec

During the 2007 NFL Season, Steelers safety Ryan Clark was pulled off a plane after a team loss in Denver Colorado and rushed to the hospital. Clark would later have his gallbladder and part of his spleen removed due to a medical condition caused by the sickle cell trait. 

“I laid on the floor,” Clark told David Greene, “if I could just numb myself a little bit, the pain will stop.”

Just one year later, Ryan Clark and the 2008 Steelers defense were the best in the NFL. With a 12-4 regular season record, they led the league in fewest points and yards allowed per game, and they ranked second in sacks with 51. “We walked into every stadium saying people are gonna have trouble beating us, because they can't score,” Clark said.

Pittsburgh was the favorite going into their Super Bowl 43 matchup against Kurt Warner and the Arizona Cardinals. But the game was anything but easy for that Steelers defense. They let up a late fourth quarter comeback. 

“I had tears in my eyes because I was like: ‘This is how we'll always be remembered,’” Clark said.

After a miraculous touchdown from Ben Roethlisberger to Santonio Holmes, the Steelers beat the Cardinals 27-23. For Clark, it was so much more than a win. 

“It was the first time I had exhaled or relaxed in over a year,” he said.

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