Tony Dungy Makes Super Bowl History ‘The Lord’s Way’
“I’m proud to be the first African-American coach to win this,” said Tony Dungy during the trophy ceremony Sunday night (February 5, 2007), according to the Associated Press. “But again, more than anything, Lovie Smith and I are not only African-American but also Christian coaches, showing you can do it the Lord’s way. We’re more proud of that.”
Dungy was up against his protégé and fellow believer Smith for the big win on Sunday. Both he and Smith had already made history going into the Super Bowl as the first African American head coaches.
Smith called the event a “perfect stage” for the coaches to confess their faith in Jesus Christ in a video shown at Saturday’s breakfast. Both coaches appeared in a USA Today ad on Friday with a message said, “We’re pro football coaches, but we are also men of faith. A faith that defines who we are. It comforts us in tough times and produces hope in the midst of adversity. It is through our common faith in Jesus Christ that we have individually experienced God’s love and forgiveness.”