When Tony Dungy stated that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles would “play well because his Christian faith would allow him to play with confidence,” he probably didn’t even think twice, since it’s something Foles himself has said often.
But everyone is offended these days, so naturally the complaints came rolling in.
Which is odd, because Foles has been very clear about the role faith plays in his life, including sports. Before over 70,000 sports fans and millions watching across the globe, Foles, clutching his baby daughter Lilly in one hand, declared: “Glory to God first and foremost, we wouldn’t be here without him.” It was the latest expression of a faith that guides and leads the man who has suddenly become one of the most sought-after players in the NFL.
In many ways, Tony Dungy called it. He saw the relaxed demeanor of Foles and wondered, “how?” The guy was stepping into big shoes after franchise QB Carson Wentz suffered a season ending injury. So how did he keep so cool? Simply put: he has a secure faith in God.
But that didn’t stop people from complaining.
“Tony Dungy, unbelievable you would use your employer, NBC Sports, to spout this nonsense on the air,” one Twitter user jabbed. Dungy’s response, however, was perfect.
“NBC pays me to express my opinion,” Dungy replied. “And it was my opinion that Nick Foles would play well because his Christian faith would allow him to play with confidence. And that he’s a good QB. I think I was right on both counts.”
And for those who leveled stinging criticism at Dungy for implying that God cares so much about a man-made sports game?
“This was much bigger than the score of a football game,” Dungy wrote. “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!”
Why would you find it hard to believe that the Holy Spirit could speak to Nick Foles just as much as a coach could speak to him? 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??? https://t.co/I7P4IU26GH
— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) February 6, 2018