Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy shares Bible verse that inspired him during his NFL career


Professional Football Hall of Fame Coach Tony Dungy joins the latest episode of “Ainsley’s Bible Study” on Fox Nation to discuss the Bible and use his position to help his players grow spiritually.

“As a Christian, do you really think God cares who wins the game? Host Ainsley Earhardt asks Dungy, now an NFL analyst for NBC Sports.

“Absolutely,” Dungy replies, recalling studying with a chaplain while playing with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“[The chaplain] read in First Corinthians, chapter nine, where Paul says: “Hey, in a race everybody runs, but only one wins the first prize, so run to win,” he added, referring to 1 Corinthians 9:24. me standing. I had never heard this before. “

In the next verse Paul writes: “And everyone who strives for mastery is temperate in all things. Now they are doing it to get a corruptible crown; but we, an incorruptible.

“Make sure you win the race in heaven and in spirit, and not just these earth races,” Dungy interpreted.

Dungy went 148-79 in the regular season and playoffs over 13 seasons as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts. In 2006, Dungy guided the Colts to their first Super Bowl Championship since 1970, when the franchise was located in Baltimore.

According to Dungy, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2016, he told his players, “I want to help you become better players. I want to help you hone your art. But I will help you grow in as men., too. “

He said he has been blessed with a platform that allows him to introduce more people to Christ.

God put us all in a position to influence someone,” Dungy said. “It can be one person, it can be more. But when you have this opportunity, you have to take it.”


He noted that fans often think NFL players are “superhuman” and live perfect lives when they are not.

Dungy recalled celebrating with his Colts team after a victory in that 2006 championship season and learning that wide receiver Reggie Wayne’s brother was killed in a car crash.

“You need more than fan adulation at this point, you need more than just a paycheck,” he said. “If you don’t have the Lord, it’s going to be overwhelming.”

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