Higher Calling

A fantastic profile of Tony Dungy has been posted on the ESPN web site. He’s the antithesis of the stereotypical football coach – polite, not vulgar, humble, not arrogant. He walked away from a team that’s got at least one or two more Super Bowls wins ahead of it to work with at-risk youth in the prisons and streets of his city. He gives me hope that some day the NFL might have more coaches that are both successful and decent human beings.

It seems like an unfortunately rare combination.

9 Responses to “Higher Calling”

  1. matt says:

    This is what I think of every time I hear someone complaining that guys like Dick Jauron aren’t “fired-up” on the sidelines.

    Being a loud, boorish bully and being a good football coach are not the same thing.

  2. Dan says:

    @matt

    That’s a good read, thanks. It’s nice to read something positive every now and then – it keeps the cynicism in check even if just for a moment.

  3. Adam says:

    @Matt
    Not getting mad and yelling is good if your team is winning. When you lose 3 streight you should get a little emotional.

  4. matt says:

    @Adam

    Maybe in Pop Warner football, you need to get pumped up so that your team stays motivated. But in the pros? These are guys of intense pride and ability, who are driven to excel at their chosen sport to the exclusion of everything else in their lives. I doubt that a single man on the sidelines yelling at them is going to significantly add to their motivation level, no matter how profane his language.

  5. Pitt says:

    @matt,

    I disagree. Considering the average maturity and intelligence level of many of these players (based on what I see from interviews) I think “motivator” is still an important part of the job description of any coach. I will agree, however, that spitting and cursing and blaspheming DNE motivation.

  6. Adam says:

    I agree with you Pitt 100%. I don’t expect them to breath fire on any one.
    I show more emotion bowling when I miss picking up a split than Jouron did losing over and over. When he won he didn’t even seem to be happy. If you can find a video or picture of Jouron with any sort of emotion i will buy you a beer. The man has only one expression, in a word “BRRRAAAAINNNSSSSS”

  7. Adam says:

    @ Matt

    “These are guys of intense pride and ability, who are driven to excel at their chosen sport to the exclusion of everything else in their lives”

    You are talking about the Bill right?

  8. matt says:

    @Adam

    Hey, as hapless as the Bills look sometimes, you have to remember that everyone on the roster is the cream of the crop from the world of college football. If not, they wouldn’t be there.

  9. Adam says:

    We have a handful of elite players, the rest would be practice squad guys if the Bills didn’t exsist. Like everything in life there are grades, grades of cheese, wine, and milk. The Bills are far from cream more like 2%. The sum of the parts is not greater than the whole.

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