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Colts' coach more proud of Christ than 'blackness'
World Net Daily ^ | 2/5/07 | Joe Kovacs

Posted on 02/05/2007 9:33:13 AM PST by Patriot28

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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Class act. All the way.
1 posted on 02/05/2007 9:33:18 AM PST by Patriot28
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To: Patriot28

He just blew his invitation to next year's NAALCP meeting.


2 posted on 02/05/2007 9:34:33 AM PST by Patrick1
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To: Patriot28

Wow!


3 posted on 02/05/2007 9:35:07 AM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: Patriot28

w00t!

4 posted on 02/05/2007 9:35:35 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Patriot28

Sales of smelling salts just spiked


5 posted on 02/05/2007 9:36:13 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Forgot your tagline? Click here to have it resent!)
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To: Patriot28
"Christian coaches showing that you can win doing it the Lord's way."

B - U - M - P !

6 posted on 02/05/2007 9:37:16 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: Patriot28

Wow. Didn't Manning also give God the glory?


7 posted on 02/05/2007 9:37:29 AM PST by sarasota
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To: Patriot28
Class and dignity goes beyond the color of one's skin or hertiage. This man is a role model for everyone.


8 posted on 02/05/2007 9:37:30 AM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: Patriot28

When Jim Nance asked that question about the "social significance" of this Super Bowl, everyone in our party of watchers groaned. We cheered when Dungy gave his answer. I bet Nance was sorry he asked the question.


9 posted on 02/05/2007 9:37:49 AM PST by My2Cents ("I support the right-ward most candidate who has a legitimate chance to win." -- W.F. Buckley)
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To: Patriot28

What a great way to represent the State of Indiana.


10 posted on 02/05/2007 9:38:03 AM PST by southlake_hoosier (.... One Nation, Under God.......)
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To: Patriot28

I was so glad to hear him receive the trophy in that way. God bless Dungy and Smith. They are both winners.


11 posted on 02/05/2007 9:39:31 AM PST by AprilfromTexas
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To: Patriot28

I have the utmost respect for Dungy and Smith. Dungy made the whole racial whores look pathetic in their never ending quest to fracture and divide by means of drawing constant attention to meaningless differences.


12 posted on 02/05/2007 9:39:38 AM PST by Obadiah
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To: Patriot28

I bet Je$$e Jack$on was rolling over in his grave. Oh, sorry -- he's not dead yet.


13 posted on 02/05/2007 9:39:48 AM PST by TommyDale (If we don't put a stop to this global warming, we will all be dead in 10,000 years!)
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To: Patriot28

They should put a picture of Tony Dungy next to the dictionary definition of "class". He was the only reason I was pulling for the Colts.


14 posted on 02/05/2007 9:39:49 AM PST by badbass
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To: Patriot28

A humble man who can think past a bus seat.


15 posted on 02/05/2007 9:40:19 AM PST by AZRepublican ("The degree in which a measure is necessary can never be a test of the legal right to adopt it.")
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To: Patrick1; All

that is an extremely disingenuous headline...he didn't say he was MORE proud...leave it to our side for taking a wonderful moment and twisting it to look ugly.


16 posted on 02/05/2007 9:41:54 AM PST by Hildy (RUDY IN 2008)
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To: AprilfromTexas

Dungy and Smith have been playing down the African-American issue all along, but the MSM keeps pressing them on it.


17 posted on 02/05/2007 9:42:34 AM PST by jaydubya2
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To: Patriot28

Im really sick and tired of hearing about the first black coach to win the superbowl. Neither coach really wanted to ride that horse and were more vocal about their Christian beliefs of which the media really didnt want any part of.

I hope they continue their walk with Christ and continue to put the focus on Him rather than a different shade of skin color.


18 posted on 02/05/2007 9:42:45 AM PST by smith288
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To: AZRepublican
A humble man who can think past a bus seat

What the hell does that mean? what is happening here at FR??

19 posted on 02/05/2007 9:42:54 AM PST by Hildy (RUDY IN 2008)
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To: Patriot28
I almost fell out of my chair when I heard him say that. Then I cheered louder than for the kick-off return.
20 posted on 02/05/2007 9:43:02 AM PST by stentorian conservative
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To: My2Cents
When Jim Nance asked that question about the "social significance" of this Super Bowl, everyone in our party of watchers groaned. We cheered when Dungy gave his answer. I bet Nance was sorry he asked the question.

Same here at our place.

I also found it interesting when one of the commentators made a remark about how they gave credit to "Their" God.

21 posted on 02/05/2007 9:44:34 AM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat lead.)
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To: Patriot28

What a great example these guys are, regardless of what color your skin happens to be.


22 posted on 02/05/2007 9:44:38 AM PST by JohnMac
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To: Patriot28

"Hello? Operator this is an emergency - connect me to the nearest office of the ACLU!"


23 posted on 02/05/2007 9:44:40 AM PST by Revolting cat! (We all need someone we can bleed on...)
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To: Patriot28

Anyone want to set an over/under on -

A. How long until the first DBM bit whining about how all this Super Bowl "evangelizing" is "intolerant"?

B. How long until the first race baiter pops up to question Tony Dungy's "blackness" because he talked about God and put his faith first, and didn't grab his crotch, talk "street", drop the f-bomb every other word and say that being black was the only thing that mattered?


24 posted on 02/05/2007 9:45:24 AM PST by CFC__VRWC (Go Gators! NCAA Football and Basketball Champions!)
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To: TommyDale
I've never seen nor will I ever see Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton give glory to Christ.

Now that I think of it. I don't want them to. It would cause people to blaspheme.

25 posted on 02/05/2007 9:45:52 AM PST by Tolkien (There are things more important that Peace. Freedom being one of those.)
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To: Doomonyou

Somewhere today is the headline, "Dungy Disrespects Non-Christian Religions."


26 posted on 02/05/2007 9:46:01 AM PST by My2Cents ("I support the right-ward most candidate who has a legitimate chance to win." -- W.F. Buckley)
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To: Patriot28

Indeed he is a class act.


27 posted on 02/05/2007 9:47:07 AM PST by good old days (Way to go, Colts!!!)
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To: TommyDale

I didn't hear either coach thank the grand pimp of racism, Jesse Jackson. Maybe I missed it.


28 posted on 02/05/2007 9:47:39 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: My2Cents

I bet Nantz knew what he was doing. Jim Nantz is a good guy, a big supporter of Bush and a Republican donor.


29 posted on 02/05/2007 9:47:57 AM PST by garv
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To: Hildy
I don't see the problem here.

“I’m very proud to be the first African American head coach in the Super Bowl along with my friend Lovie Smith,” Dungy said, “but more than that the fact you have two Christian coaches who show you can do things a different way. “You have coaches who have firm Christian values, and the country and the world need to see that this week,” Dungy said. “I’m more proud of that than anything else.”

http://www.bpsports.net/bpsports.asp?ID=5540
30 posted on 02/05/2007 9:48:12 AM PST by stentorian conservative
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To: Hildy

Reread the article. Dungy said he was more proud that he and Lovie showed they could win doing it the Lords way, than he was at being two black coaches.


31 posted on 02/05/2007 9:48:33 AM PST by dforest (Liberals love crisis, create crisis and then dwell on them.)
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To: Obadiah

Martin Luther King, Jr., looked to the day when people would be judged by their character rather than the color of their skin, and when we live in a color-blind society. Considering all the twittering by the white media over this Super Bowl, I guess we're not there yet.


32 posted on 02/05/2007 9:48:49 AM PST by My2Cents ("I support the right-ward most candidate who has a legitimate chance to win." -- W.F. Buckley)
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To: Hildy
But from the article Dungy's own words state: 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.

Maybe I'm just missing your point.

33 posted on 02/05/2007 9:49:10 AM PST by new cruelty
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To: Hildy

Re read it more carefully. He said exactly that.


34 posted on 02/05/2007 9:49:22 AM PST by pissant
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To: My2Cents

No doubt. And somebody will be offended that the players actually pray before and after games.


35 posted on 02/05/2007 9:50:02 AM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat lead.)
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To: Hildy

"And we're more proud of that."

Did not see it but looks like it was quoted.


36 posted on 02/05/2007 9:53:17 AM PST by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: Patriot28
The Bloomberg version:
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 [CENSORED] coaches showing that you can win doing it the [CENSORED] way. And we're more proud of that.

37 posted on 02/05/2007 9:54:20 AM PST by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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To: rollo tomasi
"I tell you what, I am proud to be representing African American coaches to be the first the African-American to win this, It Means an awful lot to our country "But again, more than anything, I 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. We're more proud of that."

This is "quote" what he said. Do you really think the correct way to interpret this is that he's more proud of being Christian than of being black???? That's not what he said.

38 posted on 02/05/2007 9:57:51 AM PST by Hildy (RUDY IN 2008)
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To: Patriot28

"..the winning coach said Jesus Christ was more important than any racial moment."

Not only did the coach get a reward of the Vince Lombardi Trophy, there's an even greater reward he has now earned for eternal reward at the bema seat.

Semper Fi Coach!

39 posted on 02/05/2007 9:58:31 AM PST by Cvengr
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To: Patriot28

I'm waiting for the ACLU to get into the act.


40 posted on 02/05/2007 9:58:34 AM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: My2Cents
Considering all the twittering by the white media over this Super Bowl, I guess we're not there yet..

Despite the poo-pooing by some of the racial achievement of Dungy and Smith, I think it's wonderful that two African-Americans have achieved this remarkable moment in time.

It should be shouted from the roof tops that in America, those whose descendent's who were once considered less that human have achieved the highest levels of their profession.

I embrace the achievement and it makes me even prouder of my country and even prouder of the Founders who created a system that could so swiftly adapt to rectify a social injustice.

Good day for the country IMHO.

41 posted on 02/05/2007 9:58:51 AM PST by zarf
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To: Hildy

Okay. Then tell me what it is that he is "more proud" of?


42 posted on 02/05/2007 9:59:30 AM PST by stentorian conservative
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To: Hildy

He did state he was more proud of being Christian than something. Being black is the inferred something given the context of his statement and the question he was asked.


43 posted on 02/05/2007 10:00:14 AM PST by Diplomat
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To: Patriot28

The leftist-atheist-oriented media will ignore that one. So will the race-baiters and hucksters who try to divide people by race.


44 posted on 02/05/2007 10:00:34 AM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: stentorian conservative

He said he was more proud of doing it the lord's way than of being the FIRST African Americans. That's what he said, and it's a huge difference.


45 posted on 02/05/2007 10:01:42 AM PST by Hildy (RUDY IN 2008)
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To: Patriot28

Boy, Dungy is going to have to come out for the Kyoto treaty or something else in the liberal orthodoxy real quick or they will un-annoint him as a saviour of modern America like they've been doing for the last two weeks. (Of course, Dungy actually IS a great role model but not for the reasons the media knows about).


46 posted on 02/05/2007 10:01:51 AM PST by bpjam (Never Give Up, Never Surrender (Unless James Baker gives you permission))
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To: Diplomat

No, the proper thing to infer is being the FIRST African Americans....


47 posted on 02/05/2007 10:03:13 AM PST by Hildy (RUDY IN 2008)
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To: Hildy; AZRepublican
The bus seat was referring Rosa Parks and the first black not to give up her bus seat and Tony Dungy the first black coach to win the Super Bowl.

In this case Tony Dungy is a humble man whose emphasis was on his faith in God and not the color of his skin.
48 posted on 02/05/2007 10:03:32 AM PST by Kimmers
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To: Hildy

Bus seat is a reference to Rosa Parks and the 60s mentality among black activists.


49 posted on 02/05/2007 10:04:12 AM PST by flying Elvis ("In...War, the errors which proceed from a spirit of benevolence are the worst" Clausewitz.)
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To: pissant

No, my friend...YOU read it more carefully. The word FIRST pops up many times. He said their proud of being the FIRST African Americans but more proud of doing it the Lord's way. That's a long way from he's more proud of being Christian than of being black.


50 posted on 02/05/2007 10:05:08 AM PST by Hildy (RUDY IN 2008)
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