Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Coach Dungy Addresses Sold-Out Crowd for ECCC Event

Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy was the featured speaker for an East Central Community College-sponsored event held Friday, March 28 at the Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia. Coach Dungy talked about the many influences in his life that helped guide him throughout his career. He mentioned his father who spent 30 years as a junior college teacher in Michigan. “I know the value of a junior college education,” said Coach Dungy, who came to the special event due to his relationship with ECCC head football coach Ken Karcher.
The two longtime friends not only share football coaching but a strong Christian faith. “I believe in the mission here at ECCC….and wanted to do what I could to help Coach Karcher and East Central succeed.” Coach Dungy earlier that day spoke during Senior Day activities on the Decatur campus and later at a Press Conference in the Vincent Administration Building. His comments were mostly about mentoring youth, making sure they set and achieve goals and know how to bounce back from disappointments. Coach Dungy also talked about his Super Bowl-winning quarterback, Peyton Manning, who led the Denver Broncos to the 2014 championship game. Like everyone else, Dungy was astounded by Manning’s comeback from what many had feared was a career-ending neck injury. “That he was able to come back from that and have a record-breaking season is a credit not only to him but the way he was raised.” Dungy retired from coaching in 2008 and now serves as an analyst for NBC’s Football Night in America. He is also the #1 New York Times best-selling author of “Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life” and “Uncommon Marriage: Learning about Lasting Love and Overcoming Life’s Obstacles Together.” Coach Dungy’s appearance at the Neshoba County Coliseum served as a fundraising event for a new Football Operations Center at ECCC’s Bailey Stadium. The special program, “Laying the Foundation: An Evening with Coach Tony Dungy,” also included a silent auction featuring various sports memorabilia and other items. (EC Photo)