NBC Football Analyst and Former NFL Coach, Tony Dungy Under Fire for Christian Beliefs
2-7-18, Entertainment Faith News -- NBC analyst and former NFL head coach of the Colts, Tony Dungy has come under fire for highlighting Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles’ Christian faith. In the midst of the criticism, Dungy, an outspoken Christian himself, strongly defending himself arguing that since Foles’ faith is an important part of his life, it’s a topic worth covering.
Dungy said Super Bowl 52 winning quarterback of Phil Eagles Nick Foles — who was named MVP of the game — stated last last week he thought God put him in Philadelphia for a “special moment.”
Dungy posted a picture of his son, Justin, surrounded by a group of Eagles players, including Foles. Dungy said he had found the players “in a room by themselves—praying and thanking God” after winning the Super Bowl.
Dungy said: “NBC pays me to express my opinion. And it was my opinion that Nick Foles would play well because his Christian faith would allow him to to play with confidence. And that he’s a good QB. I think I was right on both counts.” Dungy didn’t stop there.
After a Houston sports writer suggested that Dungy’s comments should not be “part of football analysis,” the former head coach pointed out that it’s his job to report on what the quarterback tells him. Tony said:
“If he credited a coach for saying ‘Stay calm and be confident’ that’s good, but if he tells me Christ says that to him I shouldn’t report it?”
In another tweet, Tony reported that Foles believes God put him in Philadelphia. His reasoning extended beyond sports: “This was much bigger than the score of a football game. How many young boys are going to look up to Nick Foles because of what he did in this moment? When they do they’ll see something about LIFE!”
Other users took issue with what they saw as an implication that Foles won the Super Bowl because his faith is stronger than that of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, whose team was defeated by the Eagles. BUT THAT IS NOT WHAT HE SAID!
“I didn’t say anything about Brady. Didn’t make any comparisons. Didn’t say God wanted the Eagles to win. Said Foles’ faith lin Christ played a role in him playing so well.”
Social media users weren’t the only ones to criticize Dungy. In a column for The Big Lead, Kyle Koster wrote that he has no issue with Dungy expressing his personal faith on his own time. But he thinks there is a problem when Dungy uses his role as an NBC analyst to push his beliefs. “Dungy expressing his beliefs on his personal time and platform is one thing. And even if I disagree with him sometimes, I appreciate his candor and willingness to open himself up for criticism. But when his beliefs seep into his analyst role — either unintentionally or otherwise — they should be checked, both by NBC and the public.” Source
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