Matthew R. Perry

Dungy Wins Super Bowl “The Lord’s Way”

In Sports on February 7, 2007 at 8:37 am

dungy_1.jpgWhatever you may think of the Indianapolis Colts, you cannot help but think highly of their coach, Tony Dungy. After taking over the reigns of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1993, he turned them into winners in a rather strange way by NFL standards. He did so without screaming and cursing and berating.

During the Super Bowl, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms of CBS noted that at the beginning of training camp, Dungy told his players in a very calm voice, “I hope all of you are listening, because this is as loudly as I will talk all season.” They went on to note that while players in the NFL play for their coaches out of fear, the Colts (and the Bucs from before) played for Dungy out of respect — afraid to let him down. has an excellent article entitled “Dungy Makes Super Bowl History ‘The Lord’s Way’.” Here is how it begins:

Indianapolis Colts’ Tony Dungy made history as the first black coach ever to win the Super Bowl. And taking advantage of the trophy stage, Dungy was more proud to have won the big game “the Lord’s way.”

“I’m proud to be the first African-American coach to win this,” said Dungy during the trophy ceremony Sunday night, according to the Associated Press. “But again, more than anything, Lovie Smith and I are not only African-American but also Christian coaches, showing you can do it the Lord’s way. We’re more proud of that.”

The Colts beat the Chicago Bears 29-17 on a soggy field in Miami, Fla., Sunday. They did it for their coach, whom the players say deserved the win. And Dungy did it without yelling or cursing from the sidelines – a trait that his players have trained with and that opposing coach and close friend Lovie Smith picked up when he assisted Dungy on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ coaching staff.

A day ahead of the game, Dungy headlined the annual faith-based Super Bowl Breakfast, hosted by Athletes in Action. A record crowd of 2,500 people witnessed Dungy speak as the first-ever Super Bowl Coach to appear in person at the breakfast a day before NFL’s marquee game.

Dungy truly lives what he believes and it translates fully into his work environment. Just ask his past players.  So I may not be a big Colts fan — I am a big Tony Dungy fan.  He puts Christ before all else.

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