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#pounditFriday, December 3, 2021

Tony Dungy fires back after being questioned for mixing religion with sports analysis

Like Tony Dungy, Nick Foles is a devout Christian who has never been shy with speaking publicly about the importance of religion in his life. And while it wasn’t surprising that Dungy mentioned Foles’ faith on numerous occasions during NBC’s coverage of the Super Bowl, many fans felt the discussion was inappropriate.

Dungy made reference to Foles’ religious beliefs on the air and with a tweet following the game. The former NFL coach also noted how important it was for his son, Justin, to see the Eagles quarterbacks praying together after their win over the Patriots.

The tweets and Dungy’s comments on air led to a lot of backlash, and he addressed some of it on Tuesday.

Dungy was also asked what this says about players of faith whose teams lose.

“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???”, he responded.

Dungy angered fans earlier in the week with his thoughts about where the Patriots’ dynasty ranks among the NFL’s best, but New England did end up losing the game.


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