Congratulations Coach Dungy!

bildecropped.jpgLast night the Indianapolis Colts beat the Chicago Bears 29-17 in the Superbowl. In the weeks preceding the game much was made about the fact that the Colts’ head coach, Tony Dungy (pictured at right with Colts’ quarterback Peyton Manning), and the Bears’ head coach, Lovie Smith, were the first two African-American head coaches to lead teams to the Superbowl. After the Colts’ victory Coach Dungy was asked about the significance of being the first African-American head coach to win a Superbowl. Coach Dungy made it clear that the more significant aspect of the evening was how he and his friend Coach Smith (both outspoken Christians) had shown that it is possible to lead a football team to victory at the highest level of the sport by doing it “God’s way.” The humble spirit exhibited by both coaches truly honored God — you can read more about Coach Dungy’s view on the matter here.

This did not come as a surprise to me. When Coach Dungy first arrived in Indianapolis in 2002 it was my privilege to interview him for a story entitled “When Sunday is a work day,” which ran in the Indiana Baptist. I was given more time to visit with Coach Dungy than other reporters because, it was explained to me, they only wanted to talk about football. I came to ask him about Jesus. I knew then that he did not define his career or life on whether or not he would ever win a Superbowl as a head coach. The man I met that day was completely satisfied with Christ Jesus.

Congratulations Coach Dungy for reaching the pinnacle of your profession. And thank you for giving God the glory all the way.

About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

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