By Dave Andrusko
It’s been said you can appreciate the mettle of a man by his enemies. If that be true, former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy is every bit the champion off the field as he was when he led the Colts to a SuperBowl championship in 2007.
On Thursday the Pro Football Hall of Famer tweeted out
“I’m looking forward to joining my friend [author and former football player Benjamin Watson] and thousands of others who will be there to support those unborn babies who don’t have a voice.”
On Friday Dungy spoke at the March for life and did the critics lambast the current football analyst for NBC Sports for that! What did he say that so riled them? Two things in particular, is my guess.
“This march is taking place right at the biggest time of my profession, the NFL playoffs,” he said. But “This is way, way, way more important.”
Not to his critics such as Keith Olbermann who responded to Dungy’s tweet with a tweet of his own: “Dear (NBC Sports) – if you have any remaining concern for your operational reputation, fire Tony Dungy now. He is using you.”
But his biggest “error” was to invoke the outpouring of prayers for Buffalo Bills’ football player Damar Hamlin who suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this month at a game in Ohio.
“He’s home, he’s been released from the hospital. But what’s the lesson in that? You know, an unbelievable thing happened that night, a professional football game with millions of dollars of ticket money and advertising money on the line, that game was canceled. Why? Because a life was at stake. People wanted to see that life saved. Even people who aren’t necessarily religious got together and called on God. Well, that should be encouraging to us because that’s exactly why we’re here.”
Dungy then contrasted that massive spontaneous outpouring for Hamlin who miraculously was well enough to attend the Bills playoff game yesterday with attitudes toward abortion.
“Every day in this country, innocent lives are at stake. The only difference is they don’t belong to a famous athlete. And they’re not seen on national TV, but those lives are still important,” Dungy said.
Lauren Dungy also spoke at the March, sharing how she and her husband have 11 children, eight of them adopted.
“We believe that we’re being obedient to God’s calling on our lives,” she said in an interview with CBN News. “… We both love children and are passionate about mentoring, supporting, and encouraging children and actually people of all ages.”