Tony Dungy: Hall of Fame Coach, All-Pro Dad
For more than a decade, former NFL head coach Tony Dungy has been more than an inspiration to the game of football. As one of the most successful coaches in the game, he has inspired men to be the best they can be as husbands and fathers.
Just one of those examples took place back when he coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"Clyde Christianson and I used to walk after practice and just talk about our families and how we didn't have as much time as dads to be around as much as our dads were able to be around," Dungy told CBN Sports. He asked his assistant coach, "How we could correct that and how we could do a better job?"
That's when they came up with All Pro Dad, a division of the non-profit organization Family First, which focuses on building relationships between fathers and their kids.
"The way men connect with football, if we can help them get that same energy with parenting, we're going to have a good thing," Dungy said. "Let's call it 'All-Pro Dad' and let's get it started."
All Pro Dad has brought thousands of fathers and kids together with its annual event, "The All Pro Dad Fathers and Kids Experience."
"The neat thing is they get to run out on the field where their heros run. They'll learn a football skill, but at the end of a short period of time," Coach Dungy explained.
"Then they'll get a life lesson and they get to spend three hours with their dad. Kids come out thinking, 'Boy, I'm gonna get to be on the Buccaneers field.' But at the end of the day, it's, 'I spent three hours with my dad and I had a lot of fun,'" he said.
"This is really special for me because we get so many parents out here," he continued. "Many dad's show up and spend time with their child one-on-one for the first time in years. We are getting them to interact and to understand how important that is."
"That's what we need in this country," Dungy concluded. "We've got to get our men more engaged being parents. It's going to head off a lot of the problems that we're seing now."