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« on: February 03, 2007, 10:52:12 PM »

Super Bowl Coaches Dungy, Smith, Known For Christian Testimony

Super Bowl XLI will feature two teams making their first super game appearance in two-plus decades, two Midwestern teams separated by only a couple hundred miles, but most importantly two coaches who are strong believers in Jesus Christ.

Head coaches Tony Dungy of Indianapolis and close friend and fellow Christian Lovie Smith of Chicago gave credit to God following their respective teams' victories in the conference championships Jan. 21.

“The Lord set this up in a way that no one would believe it,” Dungy said following the Colts' win over New England. “The Lord tested us a lot this year, but He set this up to get all the glory.”

The news that two witnesses for their personal faith in Jesus Christ would have a two-week international spotlight for their beliefs thrilled Christian leader William Pugh, executive director of sports ministry Athletes in Action, a branch of Campus Crusade for Christ.

“We are so excited to see the Bears and Colts in the Super Bowl,” Pugh, a close friend of both head coaches, said. “We could not have picked two better coaches to represent all that is good about sports.”

Smith is in his first tenure as a head coach and hasn’t had the public opportunities to share his faith like Dungy, but he has told the Chicago media he believes in Christ, listens to Christian music when driving his car and does not smoke, drink or curse.

“I’m so happy for Lovie who does things the right way, without cursing and shows things can be done differently,” Dungy said of Smith. “We give God all the credit.”

Dungy has served as the cover spokesman for a special Super Bowl witnessing video and tract. Several of his players, including star tight end Dallas Clark, put out a special faith-based DVD titled "Power to Win" about their faith in Christ and their need to honor Him in all that they do.

While the media will concentrate on the game itself, the men in charge of leading their teams to the big game plan on sharing the most important things in their life, something that has nothing to do with runs or passes or even the final score.
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2007, 10:42:18 AM »

Colts' coach more proud
of Christ than 'blackness' 
When asked about social significance
of Dungy's victory, Jesus is answer

Super Bowl XLI had been hyped as a major social milestone in U.S. history, since for the time, the head coaches of both teams were black.

But when the game was over and the Indianapolis Colts had defeated the Chicago Bears 29-17, the winning coach said Jesus Christ was more important than any racial moment.

During the nationally televised post-game show on CBS, coach Tony Dungy was asked specifically about the "social significance."

    Jim Nantz of CBS Sports: This is one of those moments, Tony, where there is also social significance in this victory, and to have your hands on the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Tell me what this means to you right now.

    Tony Dungy: I'll tell you what. I'm proud to be representing African-American coaches, to be the first African-American to win this. It means an awful lot to our country. But again, more than anything, I've said it before, Lovie Smith and I, not only the first two African-Americans, but Christian coaches showing that you can win doing it the Lord's way. And we're more proud of that.

The Associated Press reported Dungy's comments about God in stories it moved on its wire service, but the Bloomberg News Service only published the portion regarding African-Americans, and edited out the mention of Christian coaches.

Colts' owner Jim Irsay credited God with the victory as he held the sparkling Vince Lombardi trophy in his hands.

"Now there's an awful lot of shining glory, even more than last time up here," Irsay said. "But we're giving it all to God again because that's what got us here ... sticking together and believing that we could, and I know God has looked after us on this journey and bonded us into such a tight family."

Dungy has had a close relationship with Bears' head coach Lovie Smith since 1996, when Dungy hired Smith to coach linebackers for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"My relationship, first, is with Jesus Christ, and he is the center of my life," said Smith when asked about his faith earlier this week. "I try to live a Christian life. I would like for players to know my faith based on what they see on a day-to-day basis."

CBS anchor James Brown, himself a strong believer in Jesus Christ, told the Baptist Press this year's Super Bowl could be a welcome change in a sport that hasn't had that many Christian players and announcers in the past.

"Personally, I'm gratified to see that change," Brown said. "I think their faith is a wonderful example to see and I think both men are sterling examples of what character coaches should be. That's what we should be promoting."
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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2007, 02:39:16 PM »

What's more...

In our local news here in Indy, they said that just prior to Tony's speech on national TV giving God the glory, his team was telling him "Time to witness!  It's time to witness!"  Sweet.   Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2007, 04:05:06 PM »

Amen. It's always time to witness.

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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2007, 04:41:57 PM »

Ditto..........

Amen. There is always time to witness.
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2007, 12:15:32 PM »

I found coach Dungy’s speech inspirational if not at the very least bold! To make a public announcement (more then one time) in front of MILLIONS of people proclaiming the victory first & foremost belongs to Christ was to say the least AWESOME! I wish there were more coaches & fame pressed individuals like Tony D. He took a stand for this faith & I couldn’t have been happier to say “Yay,1 for the Christians!”
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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2007, 04:48:42 PM »

AMEN! Great Articles!!
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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2007, 07:38:15 PM »

You can add coach Joe Gibbs, to that list.  Course you know he also is a team owner in NASCAR.  He has brough several NASCAR drivers to Jesus.
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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2008, 04:57:35 PM »

Amen! Tony Dungy is one of my heroes!
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