Monday, January 12, 2009

A Man Who Walks the Walk

In sports, the troublemakers often seem to get all the press. Today was different. Today, especially here in central Indiana, was about saying goodbye to one of the truly good guys—Coach Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts, who announced his retirement from football.

His record speaks for itself...
  • A regular season record of 127-65
  • Overall mark of 136-74
  • Ten consecutive playoff appearances
  • First African-American coach to win a Super Bowl
However, as the senior NFL writer for, Alex Marva, writes, "The NFL's loss will be society's gain. For all of his football accomplishments, the best is yet to come for Tony Dungy."

Tony Dungy is a man of strong Christian faith. Today he taught all prosperous American Christians a lesson by example. Success is not everything. Money is not everything. Sports are not nearly as important as many of us think. What is important is participating in God's mission in the world.

And by all accounts, that is what Dungy intends to do in a different way now, starting with devoting more time to his own family. He also has a passion for participating in good works that will help make the world a better place, especially for young African-American men.

I'm sure he won't coach again. He has moved on, letting go a life that most of us dream about.

Walk on, Coach Dungy, walk on. Lead on.

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