Tuesday, January 30, 2007

SuperBowl: Brother vs. Brother

I came across two articles on the coaches going to Super Bowl XLI. A lot of talk has been made about the fact that they are the first African American coaches to go to the Super Bowl. But there's another interesting element to the story.

They are good friends, and they are also brothers in Christ.

The coaching philosophy of Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy is family first, football second.

"For your faith to be more important, for your family to be more important than your job, it's things we all talk about and we all know that's the way it should be, but we're kind of afraid to say that sometimes."

You can read the entire article about Dungy, here: He Did it His Way

Both coaches believe in showing respect to their players, refraining from yelling and cursing at their players, keeping a calm demeanor, and enjoying the game for what it is--a game.

Bears coach Lovie Smith said,

"I think our styles are similar as far as trying to treat the players like men and expect them to behave that way," he said. "There's a certain standard we have for them. As you look to young coaches coming through the ranks, a lot of us have this picture of what a coach is supposed to be, how he's supposed to act. I think what guys like Tony Dungy showed me is that you don't have to act that way."

Read the USA Today article: Super Coaches Share Deep Bond

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