Super Bowl Coaches known for Christian Faith

For the past two weeks the media has only focused on the fact that, for the first time ever, the two Super Bowl coaches are both black. The following is another story that I found about the similarities between the two coaches that you probably won’t see in the paper. I thought it was extremely cool.
MIAMI (BP)–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.”

AIA organizes and runs the annual Super Bowl breakfast the day before the game. Last year, Dungy was the keynote speaker just weeks after his son’s tragic death, giving an inspirational message about God’s love in the best and worst of times.

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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  1. Trey Morgan says:

    I’m saying Colts over Bears as Adam Vinatieri kicks the game winner with :04 seconds to go.

  2. DJG says:

    Colts over bears by 10…

    Of course it is the kiss of death for the Colts that I am for them.

  3. The Preacher's Household: says:

    How about this you sport fans, our church is having a sweetheart sing-a-long party tomorrow night. I am sure there will be a tv around in case anyone is interested.
    I enjoyed reading about the coaches faith. Now I can say that I know something about the game.
    Kathy

  4. Trey Morgan says:

    Sweetheart sing-a-long party? Ouch! :)

  5. The Preacher's Household: says:

    If it makes you feel better, my son watched and the men were able to check in occassionally. The party broke up by 8:00. Loving on the widow women in February is pretty important to our church. It was either forfeit a night church time or the game. The game lost.
    I was pulling for the bears by the way.
    Kathy

  6. The Preacher's Household: says:

    Trey,

    Remember I called the Colts a few weeks ago. I knew they would win. I didn’t get to watch the first half but who needed it anyway? Yes, the older women need attention. We played along and they were happy and the men got what they wanted too.

    James

  7. The Preacher's Household: says:

    By the way, Yes it was good to see such positive press for the Christians.

    James

  8. Trey Morgan says:

    James & Kathy …

    Glad you were able to give the widows a little love. I’m sure they enjoyed it much.

    I’m curious to go back and see you all picked the Colts and by how much. DJG … picked the Colts by 10.

    I enjoyed the game. A big group of us got together and had a cookout. Then watched the game. I wished the game would of been a little closer, but I’m glad the Colts won. Hopefully next year the Cowboys will be there.

    Yip pee

  9. Bill says:

    Great post, Trey. What a game, huh?

    What a concluding program, too! It is such a blessing to hear coaches, players and even the owner giving the lives and their game to God as a sacrifice of praise.

    Blessings to you and yours,
    -bill

  10. Trey Morgan says:

    Bill, I agree. Enjoyed it very much. It impresses me when men of their status can’t be different. I appreciate CBS pointing out their Christian faith.

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