WATCH: Tony Dungy Recalls the Christian Faith His Parents Taught Him at NFL Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

(PHOTO: USA TODAY SPORTS/AARON DOSTER) Former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy looks on as he stands with his bust during the 2016 NFL Hall of Fame enshrinement at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, August 6, 2016.
(PHOTO: USA TODAY SPORTS/AARON DOSTER)
Former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy looks on as he stands with his bust during the 2016 NFL Hall of Fame enshrinement at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, August 6, 2016.

Indianapolis Colts coaching great and devout Christian Tony Dungy recalled the Bible verse his mother taught him so many years ago during his acceptance speech at Saturday’s Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Dungy – who won over 139 regular season games as an NFL head coach, led the 2006 Colts to a Super Bowl victory and won a Super Bowl ring as a player with the 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers – received football’s greatest honor this past weekend in Canton, Ohio, as he, along with Green Bay Packers quarterback great Brett Favre, highlighted the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2016.

Recalling his playing days, which only lasted three seasons, Dungy began his acceptance speech by saying that it’s “kind of a miracle” that he is now being enshrined as a hall of famer.

Dungy said when he heard the news in February that he would be enshrined in the same hall as coaching greats like Vince Lombardi, Don Shula and John Madden, his first thoughts were about how God really placed him in that position.

“[W]hen I got the news, my first thoughts were of all the people God placed in my path to help make this possible,” Dungy said. “It started in Jackson, Michigan, and I couldn’t have had a better upbringing. I’m just sorry that my parents, Wilbur and Cleomae Dungy, aren’t alive to see this, because they’d be so proud.”

Dungy explained that his dad always “preached” to his children to set high goals and not to complain about negative outcomes, while his mother taught the kids about the importance of honoring God.

“My mom taught us as a Christian, your character, your integrity and how you honor God were so much more important than your job title,” Dungy said.

“One of her favorite Bible verses was Matthew 16:26: ‘What would it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul,'” Dungy recited. “And I know that she’s happy to know that her son never forgot that verse.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Samuel Smith