Sports Spectrum Magazine Summer 2021

Tony Dungy says Bible is necessary part of his Hall of Fame locker

You’ll find plenty of relics at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

There are busts of coaches and players. Game-worn jerseys. Cleats. Gloves. Newspaper clippings.

One of the items most adored by legendary coach Tony Dungy, however, has nothing to do with football.

That would be the Bible found on the top shelf of his Hall of Fame locker.

Inducted in 2016 after 13 years as an NFL head coach and another 15 as an assistant, the 62-year-old Dungy said on Twitter this week that he’s “so glad” the Hall of Fame included the book in his display. Darrin Gray from Athletes in Action shared a photo of Dungy at the locker, saying “we still love seeing your open Bible on the top shelf,” and that “it speaks volumes about your identity in Christ.”

“I couldn’t tell the story of my career without including the impact Christ had on my coaching,” Dungy responded.

Outside of his sterling career, which produced a Super Bowl victory with the Colts, Dungy has long been known for his commitment to Christian principles. An advocate for his faith, he’s written several devotionals, including “Uncommon Life,” and regularly shares biblical advice on social media.

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