Skip to comments.Colts' coach more proud of Christ than 'blackness'
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."
He just blew his invitation to next year's NAALCP meeting.
Sales of smelling salts just spiked
B - U - M - P !
Wow. Didn't Manning also give God the glory?
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.
What a great way to represent the State of Indiana.
I was so glad to hear him receive the trophy in that way. God bless Dungy and Smith. They are both winners.
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.
I bet Je$$e Jack$on was rolling over in his grave. Oh, sorry -- he's not dead yet.
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.
A humble man who can think past a bus seat.
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.
Dungy and Smith have been playing down the African-American issue all along, but the MSM keeps pressing them on it.
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.
What the hell does that mean? what is happening here at FR??
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.
What a great example these guys are, regardless of what color your skin happens to be.
"Hello? Operator this is an emergency - connect me to the nearest office of the ACLU!"
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?
Now that I think of it. I don't want them to. It would cause people to blaspheme.
Somewhere today is the headline, "Dungy Disrespects Non-Christian Religions."
Indeed he is a class act.
I didn't hear either coach thank the grand pimp of racism, Jesse Jackson. Maybe I missed it.
I bet Nantz knew what he was doing. Jim Nantz is a good guy, a big supporter of Bush and a Republican donor.
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.
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.
Maybe I'm just missing your point.
Re read it more carefully. He said exactly that.
No doubt. And somebody will be offended that the players actually pray before and after games.
"And we're more proud of that."
Did not see it but looks like it was quoted.
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.
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.
"..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!
I'm waiting for the ACLU to get into the act.
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.
Okay. Then tell me what it is that he is "more proud" of?
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.
The leftist-atheist-oriented media will ignore that one. So will the race-baiters and hucksters who try to divide people by race.
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.
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).
No, the proper thing to infer is being the FIRST African Americans....
Bus seat is a reference to Rosa Parks and the 60s mentality among black activists.
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.