Former NFL coach Tony Dungy recently addressed the NFL Super Bowl 50 Breakfast. His talk focused on establishing a relationship with God.
Dungy, who coached the Colts to a Super Bowl victory in 2007, talked about his teenage son Jordan, who has a congenital defect that prevents him feeling pain. Jordan has had over 30 surgeries due to injury, and Dungy used it as an example of the importance of people having God to help prevent them from self-injury.
Dungy said in part:
There are people out there like Jordan, going through life thinking everything is fine, and they don't feel pain. But they're really doing damage to themselves, and they're doing things that take them off track and away from the Lord. And the Lord is trying to get their attention and they aren’t seeing it, they aren’t feeling it even though there are things wrong. God is still out there for them and still hoping they'll come back.
In contrast there are people who all you do is feel pain. Everything hurts. You can’t understand why these things happen in your life, why you got fired, why you’ve had these problems. God is still there for you also, he’s just waiting for us to say, 'I need to follow the Lord and have things respond in the right way.' I know that’s been the impact that Jordan has had on his peers -- no matter what is happening in your life, if you follow the Lord, you're going to be okay. Physical pain, physical deformities, that’s not a big deal. But if spiritually you are right, you are intact, you’re going to be in great shape.”
Dungy added: “If football is your entire life and you don’t have the right relationship with the Lord, you are going to be messed up.” He then quoted Mark 8:36, which states, "What would it profit a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?"
Dungy ended his talk with a prayer and received a standing ovation from the audience.
The Super Bowl Breakfast featured the presentation of the Bart Starr Award to Thomas Davis of the Carolina Panthers, voted on by his peers in the NFL, for outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community.