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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Faith & Football

This article on Colts Coach Tony Dungy and a number of his players mentioning their faith in Christ in connection with their football season is worth a read. The conversation that was certain to be all about race - this Super Bowl featured the first two African American Head Coaches to reach the game - has moved more so the direction of faith. Both Coaches and many of their players are devout Christians.

A few thoughts came to mind as I read the article: (1) Concerning the comment at the end of the article "These people were hired to coach, not promote their private religious values" - I don't hear anyone telling Oprah Winfrey that... or Bono... or Sean Penn... etc. (2) I wonder: Should one separate their personal values from their career? I believe the Irsay family hired Tony Dungy, in large part, for his personal values. (3) I am really thankful for the last few paragraphs of the article. You see, for many the first encounter they've had with Tony Dungy is his post game words about his faith. I am among the many, however, who have seen his faith on display since he became the Buccaneers coach in 1996. I've seen his faith in the midst of the good, the bad and the tragic. That's what's telling to me.

So, what do you think? Is it right for these believers to speak out about their faith? Is Dungy crossing a line? Were you offended?

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  • Personally, I think it's fantastic that these men have openly, and authentically, shared their faith both before and after this game. It's so refreshing to see men put God first in a macho sport that increasingly sees individual players glorifying themselves first, then taking a knee to show their Moms they haven't forgotten God.

    I love it. Thank God for these two men, and the players that have followed in their footsteps as public men of faith. AWESOME!

    By Scott & Karin Arnold, at 2/08/2007 10:04 PM  

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