|Tony Dungy honors God|
Tony Dungy, head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, shares for the first time publically that he and his family had donated several organs for transplant surgeries after his 18-year-old son, James, committed suicide in December. Dungy spoke at the Super Bowl Breakfast in Detroit, MI, Saturday, February 4, 2006 at the Marriott Renaissance Center.Photo Bob Carey
EDITORS’ NOTE: Dallas-based sportswriter Art Stricklin is reporting this week on the spiritual side of the Super Bowl. His final story from Detroit will appear in BP Monday.
POSTED Saturday, Feb. 4.
DETROIT (BP)--An emotional Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy, in his first speaking engagement since his son’s funeral, headlined the 19th annual Athletes in Action Super Bowl breakfast Saturday morning at the Super Bowl XL headquarters hotel in Detroit.
New York Jets running back Curtis Martin received the Bart Starr Award, given annually to an NFL player on the basis of character and service. But all eyes were on Dungy, who was given two standing ovations in telling of the pain and the lessons from his son’s suicide in December.
Dungy said he had learned a lot from his sons, Eric, 14 and Jordan, 5, “but the most important thing came from James, who would have 19.”
“He was a Christian and is today in heaven. He was struggling with the things of the world and took his own life. People ask how I could come back to work so soon. I’m not totally recovered, I don’t know if I ever will be, it’s still ever-painful,” he said, wiping back a tear. “But some good things have come out of it.” Read More