Sunday, February 04, 2007

"More Than Conquerors"

Much will be made of the skin color of the two Super Bowl XLI coaches, and certainly, it is historically significant that Chicago's Lovie Smith and Indianapolis' Tony Dungy are the first black coaches to reach the grandest NFL stage. Their names forever will be linked because of the barrier they broke together.

But the more you learn about these two men, the more it becomes apparent their close friendship stems from something far deeper than race -- their convictions. Both are devout Christians who don't drink or curse.

Rather than belittle players with profanity-laced tirades on the sidelines, they shoot a stare that delivers the message loud and clear.

The worst you'll get out of Smith is ''Jiminy Christmas!'' and that's only when he's really mad. Dungy's former NFL teammates lost a lot of money on bets trying to make him swear, and he has considered leaving coaching for a career in prison ministry.

Both men insist on making room for family and faith in the violent and narcissistic world of pro football.

Read the rest of the story here.

Regardless of what team wins this evening these two men are already "more than conquerors." May we learn much from their conduct on and off the field.

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