RSJ Update: On Sunday, Tony Dungy became the second African-American coach to lead his team to the Super Bowl. His good friend, Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith, beat him by a few hours. What a day.
Tony Dungy is a man of great faith. We know that. We learned that 13 months ago when the soft-spoken coach of the Indianapolis Colts spoke of how his belief in Jesus helped him and his family endure the tragic suicide of his 13-year-old son, James. In many ways, faith is easy in those times of greatest need – in those times when all you have left is faith. The loss of a loved one – especially a child – can take you to the depths of humans can hope to endure. What else then is there to do but have faith?
The trick is to have faith at all times, at times great blessings and times of great challenges. When perhaps a decision or a strategy or even a job is perhaps at stake. And the faith you need lies not only in Him but in yourself. These are times when it’s easy to doubt yourself, your decisions, your preparation. It’s easy to doubt what you know you know.
Tony Dungy’s faith in himself and those around him won’t likely be discussed in the wake of his team’s impressive 15-6 victory over the favored Ravens in Baltimore on Saturday. Dungy showed faith in his offensive staff for its strategy of putting itself in a position to score against the NFL’s most fearsome defense. And faith his kicker, Adam Vinatieri, to close the deal. He showed faith in his beleagured Defensive coordinator, Ron Meeks, that he would devise a scheme to confound Ravens QB Steve McNair and slow RB Jamaal Lewis.
Word is that Dungy’s job is on the line. After five seasons of frustration there are winds that he’ll be fired if the Colts do not get to the Super Bowl. In times like these, faith is a wonderful thing.
This is one occasion when I do not mind that my prediction was wrong.
Gamer: Tony Dungy