The Super Bowl is finally upon us, with kickoff at 5 p.m. CST tomorrow afternoon. I have made my loyalty to the Chicago Bears widely known. What I haven’t commented upon previously is that both the head coaches of the two teams in this Super Bowl are wonderful Christian men. Tony Dungy (Colts) and Lovie Smith (Bears) are not only the first African-American head coaches to take a team to the Super Bowl but they are open and clear about their profession of faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord.

Coach Dungy lost a son, James, to suicide just a year ago. His story is powerfully related to that personal tragedy and how his faith helped him through it. Coach Smith grew up in a strong Christian home and speaks of his mother’s influence on his faith living in the deep South. These two men are not theologians so do not watch their stories with a critical eye. Watch them to hear a simple, clear testimony from two prominent men, who have been given a very big stage this week. Both men desire to let the world know of their convictions as widely as possible.

It is neat to know that when this game is over tomorrow both men will survive and have fruitful lives beyond the big game. Their identity is clearly not football based. They will compete fiercely I am sure, as they should, but they will go home in peace and wake up Monday morning ready to live another day to the glory of God. Here is the link to their wonderful stories:

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  1. David Gordon February 3, 2007 at 9:27 pm

    I went to the Super Bowl Breakfast this morning. This is an NFL sanctioned event and organized by Athletes in Action. Each year the NFL presents the Bart Starr Award to a player elected by NFL players. This year’s winner was John Lynch. A great Chirstian testimony. Tony Dungy was the featured speaker. He brought 2 bus loads of his players. Bears players were present as well. Lovie Smith was interviewed about his relationship with Christ as well. Brent Jones was the Emcee.There were about 2500 people present, most of them probably not Christians. Each table host had 10 seats. They were asked to fill out the table with at least 7 non-Christians. ONe of my buddies who is on the mission team paid for the table. It was a great program. Wish you could have been here.
    Go Bears

  2. Bob Myers February 6, 2007 at 5:55 pm

    Love your blog, and I read it weekly at least and always benefit. But you were way out of line choosing the Bears. I have a little blog, not nearly as terrific but yours but I wrote up an article displaying why the COLTS are really the Lord’s choice. You can check it out at :

  3. John H. Armstrong February 7, 2007 at 8:09 am

    Bob, I suppose we can now say the Colts were the Lord’s choice, at least in terms of his inscrutable sovereign will being carried out on Sunday. But the Bears still have the better uniforms and look meaner, like fierce Bears from a very cold place.
    Seriously, the Colts kicked their tails and were by far the far better team. I am happy for the sometimes maligned Tony Dungy and for Peyton Manning. I hope the media gets off his case now about “winning the big game.” He is going to go in the books as one of the great all-time QBs.

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