Clark Kellogg is the current Color Analyst during the Indiana Pacers televised games as well as an analyst for ESPN and CBS during the NCAA Tournament in March. Many people don't know that this fine and successful broadcaster was born and raised in the Cleveland area.
Success began for Clark in high school as a member of St. Joseph's boy's basketball team in the late seventies.
His tremendous versatility, excellent ball handling and his powerful moves on the inside earned him the recognition of being an All-American player during his junior and senior years in high school.
Clark's exceptional talent for the game made him the subject of numerous recruiting wars. Everybody wanted to see just what he could do in college.
He didn't know it at the time but deciding to play for Ohio State turned out to be the first step towards his new life with Jesus Christ. This was also where he met his wife Rosey.
"When I signed with the Buckeyes in the fall of 1979 I thought that I could be an important part of a championship caliber team. We were championship caliber, however, there is nothing to show for it. It really fell short of what I had envisioned. I now know that it didn't happen that way for a number of different reasons. I grew as an individual and as a player. I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world."
All of the things that Clark had dreamed about were about to come true when the Indiana Pacers selected him in the 1982 NBA draft.
"When I was drafted I felt a real sense of gratitude for having been able to reach so many of my goals. I know that I put my own time and effort to make that happen but I also know that someone, possibly God or Jesus Christ, was responsible for giving me the gifts and the opportunity to do what I was able to do. At the time I still had no idea what a relationship with Christ meant. I had been raised in a home where we didn't attend church on a regular basis. We all believed in God and held some Christian values but there was no real emphasis on a relationship."
He was 26 years old, on his way to superstardom with a team on the rise and Clark's knees went bad on him just three years into his professional career.
"Little did I know at the time but the knee injury was the beginning of the end of my playing career. That clearly was a factor to my accepting Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior, because it pulled me out of the hectic pace that is characterized with an NBA player, and allowed me start seeing the bigger picture."
"Brian Chapman started showing up at home games to offer chapel services for all of the players in November. Because I was recovering from knee surgery, I wasn't traveling with the team. I started to think about what this man was offering and what the Bible might have to say about how we should live."
"Rosey and I had been married for two years and we were both sensing that something had been missing from our lives. Even though I was dealing with a career ending injury, I still can look back at the choices I had made and how things had unfolded. I had an awful lot to be thankful for."
That thought and reflection led Clark and Rosey to continue meeting with Chapman. As they listened, their curiosity peaked and they asked more questions.
"We let him unfold the Gospel before us. He just kind of laid it out and we were like a spiritual chalkboard that had been erased. There was nothing left on it that could hinder us from hearing the Gospel clearly presented. In November of 1986, Rosey and I were ready to give ourselves over to Christ."
It was not too many months later that Clark would have to give another thing very important over to God, his basketball career.
"Giving up the game was terribly difficult for me to do. I shed a lot of tears through the process and so did my wife because she hurt for me and with me because she knew how much basketball meant to me. There were ten months from the point at which I knelt down and accepted Jesus Christ, to the day I announced my retirement. The Bible promises that when we give our selves to Christ, we become new and God gives us a peace that transcends all understanding. I Truly experienced that as I went through the reality of giving up the game."
"I was able to give it up more easily than people thought I could because of my relationship with Jesus. It was a matter of knowing that God's picture and plan are far more important to any of the things that I'll ever do. Once I turn myself over to him, then He's in control, guiding and directing my path and giving me direction and purpose. He gave me the opportunity to recognize that yes, this is tough and disappointing, but it's not the most devastating thing that can happen to me."
Clark realized that his significance to God was not as a basketball player but as a person.
"I think that the Holy Spirit was challenging me to seek him. ROMANS 8:28 began to come alive in me." This scripture says "all things work together for the good of those who love God."
All things did work together for the good for Clark Kellogg. For out of the disappointing news that his playing days were over came the opportunity to go into television broadcasting. His knowledge and experience of the game as well as his Christian values have been reflected in his talent as a broadcaster.
It is amazing to think about how far the Lord has brought Clark in a relatively short time. He will be the first to say "We don't always know as children of God what he has in store for us. Sometimes it's not until we've gone through it or around it that we begin to see it from that perspective. Faith keeps you pushing forward in trying to put into practice the truth that you have."