My wife gave me a copy of Tony Dungy's biography for my birthday. The book is titled Quiet Strength and describes Dungy's leadership style to a "T." Tony Dungy is the head coach of the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts, and former coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
This was one of those books that I just couldn't put down. It's more than a biography, it's a story of how God used an ordinary man with the willingness to serve in an incredible way. I was impressed how Dungy reminds the readers over and over that he's "just" a football coach and that there are many more important jobs in the world. He shares of his father and mother's godly instruction and how his family persevered through difficult times.
I was impressed with his humility and his candor, especially in discussing how he and his family dealt with the recent death of their teenage son. There are no "pat" answers or phrases of religiousity, just honest, heart-felt descriptions of life.
Whether you like football or not, this book is still a great read.
One thing that struck me was his reference to the Christian athletes that used to play for the Jaguars (Brunell, Boselli, Brady, et. al.) and how he compared them with the believers he played with in the 1970s for the Steelers. He also reveals that he was second in line to receive the Jaguars head coaching job. That job, instead, went to Tom Coughlin. I can't help but wonder what our Jaguars would look like with Dungy at the helm. Hmmm. Dungy as coach, Brunell as quarterback, Boselli healthy. We'll never know what could have been.
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