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Dungy's Impact

Posted on: January 12, 2009 12:19 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2009 1:04 pm

I've spoke to Tony Dungy probably several dozen times. When people call him a class act, it's one of the few times in sports when it's not an exaggeration or hyperbole.

I've seen him truly angry only once. It was when he was an assistant for the Minnesota Vikings and he'd interviewed for a head coaching job and the team didn't hire him. It was one of many times he'd interviewed and been rejected.

Dungy was growing frustrated and he expressed as much in an interview with me. But I remember something he said that struck me and showed why he is the man he is. I'm not going to lash out, he said, because that's self-defeating and I know there are other black coaches looking to me to see how I react.

So he kept his cool despite what was an embarrassing travesty. Eventually, he got the Bucs and then Colts job.

The rest is history.

Few people in the history of professional football have had the kind of positive impact on other black assistant coaches as Dungy. He's seen as almost a God by black assistants, young and old, throughout the league. Even to this day.

If you've ever heard Chicago's Lovie Smith talk about Dungy, you'd know what I meant.

His professional demeanor is something other coaches have tried to copy but there's only one Dungy and always will be.

He wasn't perfect. Dungy once spoke at a dinner sponsored by a group that opposes gay marriage. That's embracing intolerance, plain and simple. It's not so dissimilar from the kind of prejudice he faced in teams refusing to hire him because he was black.

Overall, however, there was still no finer human being in football than Dungy.

And you know what? He'll have an even greater impact off the field reaching young people in troubled places in their lives.

Good luck in retirement, Tony. But I don't think you'll need it. You'll be just fine.
Category: NFL
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Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2009 11:28 pm

Dungy's Impact

I really don't understand why Freeman always has to bring race into the equation.  His articles proliferate the racial divide.  I am a New England fan and Tony Dungy is a class act, as a coach and as a human being, period.......end of sentence.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2009 3:50 pm

Dungy's Impact

"Gays have much greater frequencies of dangerous diseases, mental conditions, drug use, etc."

What? Where the hell do you get this info from? And if the last two are true maybe its due to being chastised by society and made to feel like a lower human being than a straight person.

Nice try, but the rates are higher in places like the Netherlands and San Francisco, where gays are allowed to marry and are more accepted than in other parts of the world.  Also, try reading information on studies every once in a while - the higher frequencies information is common knowledge. 

If your God didn't approve of Homosexuality he would have never created such a thing. You all seem to think he created everything that is good but nothing that is what you all consider wrong. Give me a break already

He's not my God, I'm not a religious person...  Which is exactly the point I was making originally - one does not need to be religious to oppose gay marriage and/or the gay lifestyle.  Myself, I couldn't care less whether gay marriage is legal or not...  But its ridiculous to call Dungy out because of his view on one little issue in this world.

Since: May 7, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2009 1:51 pm

Dungy's Impact

If people really want to see CBS pull the plug on bad writers (or so they call themselves writers), then stop commenting on the crap they put out. I am pretty sure that CBS also rewards these horrible writers by the number of comments posted on their articles. By not responding to the madness that is Freeman, and renderring his opinion baseless and his writing void of talent, CBS will have no other option than to "free up his future" because he isn't getting the same response and readership. Although we all know that many of the responses that he receives are not accolades and are just continuous calls for his feathered pen.

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2009 1:03 pm
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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2009 1:01 pm

Dungy's Impact

The word "marriage" itself is strictly used to describe the Christian Sacrament where a man and a woman profess their relationship in front of the congregation. Maybe in church, but I do not believe that has been the debate.  The debatre has been over the legality of gay marriage on a state/county level.  It is granted to you by the county, and the guidelines on what qualifies for a license have nothing to do with Christianity.  It were strictly a Christian thing, I doubt they would grant you a marriage license at the county and allow you to perform it in a tempel, mosque, field etc.

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2009 12:27 pm

Dungy's Impact

I'm sorry, but anyone who writes an article like this knows what they're getting into and knows that it's going to cause a problem.  That's a given.  Stick to sports and the impact he's had on the sports if you want to write an article on Dungy.  You're a sports columnist for this website and if you can't do that, maybe you should look elsewhere for a job that suits your writing interests.  To be praising your atheistic views and calling anyone who has belief in the bible "un-american" is really out of line.  That's where I draw the line and that might not be the way you "worded" it, but that's the way myself and many others interpreted it.  Basically you're calling me un-american because of my Christian beliefs.  That's pretty low, even for your standards.  I'm appalled that CBS allows not only your article but your candid comments as well.

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2009 11:26 am
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Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2009 11:21 am
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Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2009 10:48 am

Dungy's Impact

Freeman is a certifiable jackass, reporting/writing skills a big goose egg. CBS should pull the plug on this joker!!

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2009 8:43 am

Dungy's Impact

Sir Cheeks,

  You seem to have many of my same interests...I am a Roman Catholic Architect (your image being of architecture).

I whole-heartedly agree with what you have said.  To attack a man on what he holds dear and stands for is much more in line with intolerance.  I agree with the statement that Coach Dungy wasn't perfect, but then to proclaim that he is wrong for standing up for what he believes in is to error in journalism.  He did not use his prestige to put forth political ideals, not once...He chose to use his personal time, not professional time to support the causes that he finds worthy.  The ultimate way to show respect to this man would be to do the same.  Mr. Freeman, thank you for your acknowledgements of Coach Dungy's achievements. 

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