Tag:role model
Posted on: January 13, 2009 6:11 pm

Dungy: Taking a More Important Position

Today we have elevated sports and our sport stars to an unparalleled level.  I do it too.  I love sports and find myself very interested in what is happening.  But if we stop a moment, we realize that they are playing a kid's game. We envy their skill and their lifestyle and sometimes we really like their personalities too.  We put their images on our walls and talk about them with our buddies.  But these athletes and coaches are playing a kid's game.  They are entertainers and we are nearly addicted to what they provide....escape, euphoria, thrill. Somehow, Tony Dungy has operated on a whole different plane. He was won and won the right way.  But his life, we find, is about something much bigger that the sport.  He is moving on to work with fathers and help build families. He is giving his life to help shape the lives of men and women to God.  Some shake their heads not undertanding how a man could step down from such an awesome job to do what? Social work? Makes no sense.  A missionary named Jim Elliott said it best in his diary years ago, "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. "  Football will go away, but the souls of men and women are forever.  Thanks for continuing to be a great role model Tony.  May God bless your socks off!

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