In 2007, Tony Dungy became the first African-American head coach to win the Super Bowl and in 2016 he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is a winner, but winning is not his purpose.
“I love coaching football, and winning a Super Bowl was a goal I’ve had for a long time. But it has never been my purpose in life. My purpose in life is simply to glorify God. We have to be careful that we don’t let the pursuit of our life’s goals, no matter how important they seem, cause us to lose sight of our purpose. I coach football. But the good I can do to glorify God along the way is my real purpose.” (Tony Dungy, Quiet Strength: A Memoir 2007, 301)
This attitude is consistent with the Apostle Paul’s command in 1 Corinthians 10:31. It is also representative of the idea that we are to represent the invisible God upon the earth since we are created in His image (Genesis 1:26-27).
One of the ways Coach Dungy and his wife, Lauren have fulfilled their purpose of glorifying God and representing Him well on the earth is through their generosity to others. One fine example is the Tony and Lauren Dungy Scholarship Fund they established at Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis. Thousands of dollars have been distributed to scores of students at Crossroads Bible College who could not have otherwise attended a Bible College.